Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment that was released on July 9, 2010, in the United States. It is the debut film of Illumination Entertainment. The title references the main character as he refers to himself, and is accompanied by a song by Pharrell.
It launched the Despicable Me franchise series of films, including the sequel Despicable Me 2 in 2013, another sequel, Despicable Me 3 in 2017, and two prequels; Minions, released in 2015, and the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru in 2021, both of which feature Gru's Minions as the main characters.
History with the Macy's Parade
Despicable Me was first represented in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2010, when a group of several dozen of the film's iconic "Minion" characters appeared on and around the Statue of Liberty float. Depicting one of Gru's evil schemes from the first Despicable Me film, the Minions attempt to steal a small-scale version of the Lady in the Harbour. Miranda Cosgrove, who voiced the character of Margo in the film, also appeared alongside the yellow henchmen. Following the 2010 Parade, the Statue of Liberty float was retired alongside the Despicable Me theming.
The franchise was once again represented in the Parade just three years later in 2013. Now promoting the film's sequel, Despicable Me 2, a float based on the film debuted in the Parade. The float, recycled from the American Classic Malt Shop float, depicts Lucy's "Bake My Day" bake shop from the film, complete with a display of treats and goodies rotating at the float's center. The confectionary scene on the 20-foot high, 33-foot long classic bake shop-themed float features larger-than-life cupcakes. Measuring 3½-feet tall and 2-feet wide, the scrumptious delights left millions of spectators craving a bite as they watched the Minion madness unfold down the route. The float made only one appearance in the 2013 Parade, and was later refurbished into the Avocados From Mexico float in 2015.
Since 2017, the Depsicable Me franchise has been represented in Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's as the Parade's largest unit, consisting of three Holiday-themed floats featuring the film's characters, and giant helium balloons of Bob the Minion and his cuddly companion, Tim the Teddy.