Minions: 12 Easter Eggs You May Have Missed

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After capturing audience's hearts (and funny bones) in Despicable Me (and its sequel), the Minions have their own movie. A prequel to the Gru-starring adventures, Minions charts the yellow blobs' journey through history from single-celled organisms to jabbering henchmen by way of history's most nefarious baddies. They eventually find themselves in the service of supervillainess Scarlet Overkill, but things don't exactly go smoothly. As you'd expect from an animated film of this type, the movie is full of Easter eggs and in-jokes that reference the original flicks or broader pop culture. Here are just twelve of the most interesting, funniest and smartest that you may have missed.

12. The Minions Look Just Like Gru's Daughters

As a species, the Minions are all pretty similar, which creates a problem when making distinct heroes for the film. The movie gets around this by varying the physical look of the three main characters; Kevin is tall and thin, Stuart is a 'standard' Minion size with a single eye, and Bob is short and stocky. But there's more purpose to the gang's various looks than just being distinct - they're a direct mirror of Gru's adoptive daughters from Despicable Me, Margo, Edith and Agnes respectively. Illumination's animation style does instinctively lead to similarly designed characters - the Tower Guard is similar to Dr. Nefario, while several female characters have shades of Scarlet Overkill - but this is simply too strong a stylistic parallel between the two main characters to be accidental; even though all three Minions all broadly show off the same silliness, their character traits generally resemble their human counterpart.

Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.