‘Despicable Me’ Trailer Focuses on Steve Carell’s Character

Monday, November 9, 2009
By Kevin Crossman

The previous trailer for Steve Carell’s 2010 animated comedy Despicable Me left some heads scratching. Thankfully, a second trailer is now available that focuses much more on Carell’s character, Gru. We also clearly see the plot for the film.

This trailer makes the film look fantastic. The violent slapstick is a throwback to the old Pink Panther films and the Warner Brothers cartoons of yesteryear. We also get a sense of the Gru character, an mean yet insecure guy (who looks really strange).

Steve Carell in Despicable Me

Steve Carell in Despicable Me

But, as much as we like the trailer we have to say that Jason Segel kind of gets the shaft. Yes, that was Segel playing Vector, the world’s number one supervillain. But you’d barely recognize Segel in his one line in the trailer.  It sure looks like Vector is the second lead in this film, and Segel is starring a hit TV show and coming off two box office hits in a row with Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man. Wouldn’t you think he’d get some love?

Jason Segel in Despicable Me

Jason Segel in Despicable Me

Let’s take a look at the official synopsis sent over by our friends at Universal

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn.  Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout.  Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world.  He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

Gru delights in all things wicked.  Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way.  Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

The world’s (second) greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

Um… where’s Vector? And if these three girls are so important to the movie, where are they in the trailer. Strange.

Nonetheless, this film looks fantastic and Carell and Segel are hardly the end of the familiar list of voices on hand for the film that’s set to open on July 9, 2010. The film also stars Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jemaine Clement and Julie Andrews.

Website:  www.despicable.me

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