Something has been on our mind, and perhaps it has been on yours as well. Is it possible that the world is slowing being taken over by Minions? It was just an ordinary summer day back in 2010 when theaters around the globe were suddenly hit with some wacky form of yellow fever known unofficially on the streets as “Minion Mania.” The animated film, “Despicable Me” first introduced the Minions who are the kooky, and mildly evil henchmen that loyally worked for Dr. Gru, the mastermind behind a whole lot of naughty stuff. Are the Minions themselves bad guys? Well, probably. Do we love them anyway? Apparently we do because the world can’t seem to get enough of these little knuckleheads. Here’s everything you every wanted to know about the Minions--and maybe even a little bit that you wish you didn’t.
Got Evil? Historically, the Minions have been very (almost overly) excited to help fulfill the evil deeds of their bosses, in the friendliest and most fun loving way possible, of course. Minions are said to have quite a colorful back history, doing the grunt work for the likes of vampires, T. Rex and a few other big dogs like an Egyptian pharaoh and even Napoleon. Sadly most of their misadventures ended in the near-death of their villainous employers, necessitating the Minions to seek other malevolent options. With a story like this, you’d think that the Minions would have seen it all when it comes to dirty deeds. The Minions, however, seem to be on a centuries-old quest. They are on the hunt for the most villainous master they can find. And why do they seek out the super bad guys? Because doing the playfully wanton is what makes the Minions so very, very happy.
Got Brains? Shhhh, there may be a bit of confusion out there when it comes to the Minions and their supposed level of intelligence. Minions are rumored to have morphed from a single-celled organism. Thus, they are assumed to be very simple-minded and lacking intelligence. The dumb act is likely a clever ruse. Do NOT be fooled by the Minion’s somewhat moronic behavior. Minions have been known to build and use weapons, are knowledgeable about operating computers and even can drive a car. Don’t be lulled by their wide-eyed, innocent and childlike demeanor. Minions are clearly smarter than they might have you believe.
Speak Gobbley Gook? Minions speak fluent Minionese, which sounds a lot like nonsensical babble mostly because that is most likely what it is. Interestingly enough, Minions clearly understand English. Here is a list of some translations of the more common words in the Minionese (aka Banana) language.
English Minionese (Banana Language)
Thank You! Tank Yu!
I’m Hungry! Me want banana!
We love you! Tulaliloo ti amo!
I hate you! Tatata bala tu!
Ice Cream Gelato
I’m Sorry Bi-do
Look at you Luk at tu
Got Personality? Minions are hard, but not impossible to differentiate from one other if you know what you are looking for. Minions have either one or two eyes and wear a pair of appropriate goggles that help them to see better, and even possess a bit of night vision. Minions are completely obsessed with bananas and apples (bapples), and the mere sight of one of these innocuous little fruits can result in complete Minion Mayhem. Minions have been known to be very obnoxious, finding extreme humor in anything butt-related, while enjoying all immature and annoying activities such as spitting, laughing at the sound of bubbles and in general, just causing unnecessary trouble. Minions only have three fingers, but it doesn’t seem to stop them from accomplishing (or making a mess of) the task that is at hand. Because of their lack of self-control and completely impulsive behavior, Minions do tend to find themselves in one hilarious pickle after another.
Got Costume? Dressing up as your favorite Minion character and creating the Minion look is fairly simple. A Minion looks similar to a yellow jellybean, sporting a distinctive cylindrical shape. Minions wear goggles with either one or two lenses, depending on how many eyes they may have along with a pair of blue overalls emblazoned with Dr. Gru’s insignia. Minions also accessorize their unique look with a small pair of black gloves.
Got Mad Minion Love? So what is about the Minions that everyone seems to embrace? Perhaps it is the infectious, carefree, childlike glee that embodies them as they go about their loyal (albeit misguided) service. Or maybe we just can’t help but secretly relate to this wacky cast of utter kooks. They photocopy their butts. They giggle over silly sounds. They go crazy over their favorite foods. Sometimes they feel insecure. And then there’s this--how can anyone resist complete fools that sing with such unabashed enthusiasm?
Minions. Learn more about the Minion's completely hilarious story in “Minions” playing now in a theater near you.