The fine-tuned, unstoppable global success of the Despicable Me franchise might lead one to assume that the series was developed by a committee of entertainment professionals, a perfectly-engineered piece of cartoon entertainment designed to captivate the masses.
The actual history of its creation, however, is far different. In fact, what is most striking about the origins of Despicable Me is its humble and unlikely artist-driven roots. The creator of the original concept, none other than animator Sergio Pablos, tells the story of the origin and development in this new video:
Pablos, who was the supervising animator of Tantor in Disney’s Tarzan and Doctor Doppler in Treasure Planet, explains how he developed Despicable Me after he had returned to Spain to launch his own animation company, Animagic (now known as SPA Studios).