‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ to Open Annecy Animation Film Festival

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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ to Open Annecy Animation Film Festival

The Minions are back — and celebrating with a splashy globe premiere at the Annecy Intercontinental Animation Movie Pageant.

The extended-awaited “Minions” sequel, dubbed “The Rise of Gru” will open up the festival with a screening on Monday, June 13 in the Grande Salle de Bonlieu.

The next chapter in the “Despicable Me” movie franchise tells the backstory of how Gru — the world’s finest supervillain — fulfilled his Minions, forming “cinema’s most despicable crew” and going through off against the legal supergroup, the Vicious 6.

“The Minions franchise is inextricably joined to Annecy,” said Marcel Jean, the festival’s inventive director. “As early as 2010, ‘Despicable Me’ made its mark at the celebration, and considering the fact that then each and every film in the sequence has begun its accomplishment right here. Annecy’s enthusiastic audience is the best there is to uproariously celebrate the return of this pleased crew who is the symbol of achievement for Illumination.”

“We are hoping to see the general public return in huge numbers to cinema theatres and we all require frivolity and laughter. This is why ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ seemed the fantastic film for us to open the Festival’s 2022 edition. It is also the possibility for the Competition to highlight both French and American expertise. We thank Illumination and Universal Pics for providing this wonderful gift to the festivalgoers.”

The lllumination Amusement film is directed by Kyle Balda, co-directed by Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val, and developed by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, together with Janet Healy and Chris Renaud.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” will be launched in France on July 6, and in the U.S. on July 1.