We’ve got our first look at Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, the spin-off/prequel to the studio’s massively popular Despicable Me franchise. Animated at Illumination Mac Guff in Paris, Minions will be released on July 10, 2015, by Universal. Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda direct the film from a screenplay by Brian Lynch. Chris Renaud, who co-directed the Despicable Me films and voices the Minions with Coffin, is exec producing the new movie.

Here’s the set-up:

Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon an adventure that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

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