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A New Villain, Balthazar Bratt, Steals the Show In ‘Despicable Me 3’ Trailer

The 1980s are back in a big way for Despicable Me 3, thanks to the film’s ridiculous new villain, Balthazar Bratt.

Voiced by South Park co-creator Trey Parker, Bratt is a former child star who still has a fondness for the Rubik’s Cube, mixtapes, bubblegum, fingerless gloves, and MJ.

Despicable Me 3 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Illumination powerhouse production designer Eric Guillon is co-director for the first time. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are writing the film.

It’s funny to see how the same names appear in Illumination’s film credits over and over. Unlike most new studios that invest in ideas, Illumination invested in a core group of artists, and that group has gelled over the past half-decade into a remarkable hit-making machine, pumping out wacky, lighthearted comedies better than any other feature animation studio in business today.

Though Illumination’s films couldn’t be more tonally different than Pixar’s, I’d go so far as to say that no studio has developed a more consistent and successful house style since Pixar. It’ll be fun to watch how far Illumination can push this winning streak.

Universal will release DM3 into U.S. theaters on June 30, 2017.

  • Hearing Trey Parker’s voice in a kid’s cartoon is nothing short of jarring. Great, but jarring.

    Anyways, I’m more surprised by the lack of Minions in that trailer. They didn’t appear until the end (the Illumination logo notwithstanding), and there was only two of them. I guess after the spinoff movie anything else would be sensory overload at this point. With that said, it looks kinda fun.

    • ea

      Well, Sing has Seth MacFarlane…

      • True, though he’s done voice work in children’s programming, namely his own What-A-Cartoon pilot “Larry And Steve”, which itself was a very early version of Family Guy.

        • Inkan1969

          Also, “Yin Yang Yo”.

    • “Anyways, I’m more surprised by the lack of Minions in that trailer.”

      When you make a billion in the box office, you don’t have to show up that much in the trailer. Lol They’ll show up in the film, I feel they were giving more attention to the new villain for this film.

    • Barrett

      I was much more dismayed by the lack of daughters in the trailer. Aside from the brief exasperated exclamation when Gru realizes one of his fancy techno-guns had been swapped out with a water pistol, there’s no indication that they even exist. After their diminished role in DM2, I was hoping to see more of them and less of the Minions in this one. I’m glad he’s still partners with Lucy (at work and at home) but I really hope the girls play a bigger part in this film than the previous one. The girls and their interactions with Gru were what made the first film for me, the Minions were like a tasty frosting but not at all the core.

  • jjstarA113

    Maybe I’m just in a good mood right now, but I was chuckling throughout. I realized how much I missed Gru after sitting through that godawful Minions shit.

    Though why the 2.40:1 aspect ratio all of a sudden?

  • Jack Newman

    I can’t wait till movies start making ton of 90’s references.

    • Barrett

      It will actually be a relief. I am so sick and tired of the regurgitation of the 80s. This trend to “echo” previous decades seems to have started with the 70s/early 80s fascination with the 1950s. Then through the late 80s and early 90s there was a lot of 60s nostalgia in contemporary culture. Late 90s and early 2000s echoed the 70s, and now we’ve been tolerating a few years of 80s revivalism.

      I don’t think people in the 1960s were trying to emulate the 40s, or people in the 50s emulating the 30s or 20s, I guess this whole thing started baby boomers missing the 50s and went from there….

  • brandon

    A refreshing lack of Minion presence (for the most part) is very welcome, and there’s some fun to be had in having an 80’s has-been as a villain. But seeing as how Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are penning the script, I still expect a second act full of filler and hit-and-miss jokes that mostly miss.

    But hey, I’ll gladly walk those expectations back if they prove me wrong.

  • Dave 52

    Why can’t Illumination put more effort into their other films like they do with this franchise?

    While the Despicable Me franchise isn’t great and their plots are predictable (and from what I’ve read this will be no different) they have enough humor, heart, creativity, and fun to still be enjoyable and good. Like the previous two films this looks to be both fun and funny but I only wish Illumination’s other films have the effort that this franchise seems to put in.

    • KW

      I agree. The first Despicable Me was surprisingly good to me but I very quickly grew tired of the minions. But they have such a great look that I’d love to see that quality translate to their storytelling as well. As it is right now all their movies are very…”8 year old’s birthday party-ish”

  • SomeCallMeKash

    Does anyone else smell memberberries?

  • Too Many Cooks

    I bet what little I have in my bank account that Trey’s doing this for his kid.

    • brandon

      There’s no shortage of actors and actresses who take these voice-acting gigs for this exact reason. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it’s one of the more typical motivators behind taking up these roles (asides from “Hey, this looks like an easy paycheck!”).

      • Barrett

        Or he might actually think the Despicable Me films are fun and enjoyed the chance to be part of one. Just because South Park is a very caustic and adult-oriented show doesn’t mean Trey can’t ever enjoy something more lighthearted.

  • Conor Murnane

    Big fan of the previous Despicable Me films (with the exception of Minions, which was just…passable), so I’m definitely looking forward to this.

    You have to admit, it’s pretty gutsy of Illumination to not only cast Trey Parker in a children’s film, but to proudly use his name as a main selling point.

    His character seems like a hoot, too. Once he started breakdancing, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the MJ episode of South Park . “Climb the treeeeee, children! Climb the treeeeee!”

    • Barrett

      I disagree on using his name as a selling point. There are a lot of kids (for better or worse) who watch South Park, even if it is ostensibly aimed at college kids and thirtysomethings who grew up with it. And I would also say a lot of the audience for the Despicable Me films is – college kids and thirtysomethings. Illumination has kind of taken the baton that once belonged to Dreamworks for “fun anti-Disney semi-adult comedy” movies. Pixar and new Disney do the whole “dramatic/feels” thing very well, they are almost like arthouse, while Illumination, Blue Sky, and Dreamworks are more popcorn.

  • peter wassink

    Hey those subs look a lot like they were inspired by Franquins design, though not quite as cool.

  • slowtiger

    Like it. And they again have what the other studios mostly lack: funny movements.


    Sony nailed “funny movements” in the “Cloudy” films. I never knew 3D could be so goofy until I saw those films!