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  • Steve Carell said that Despicable Me 3 (2017) may be his last film as the voice of Gru. However, Carell stated that if he was asked to do a cameo in any future Minion sequels, he happily would.
  • This film features Balthazar Bratt as the new villain. Other villains in the "Despicable Me" franchise have been Vector, El Macho and Scarlet Overkill--voiced by Jason Segel, Benjamin Bratt and Sandra Bullock respectively.
  • Trey Parker released South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) on June 30, and this movie is being released exactly 18 years later, with him playing as Balthazar Bratt.
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to be produced in a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of the company's previous films, plus the previous "Despicable Me" films, were produced in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • Agnes' voice actress Elsie Fisher from the first and second movies was replaced by Nev Scharrel due to Fisher getting too old for the role.
  • Trey Parker's first role in a movie targeted to children.
  • Jenny Slate's third Illumination Entertainment film after The Lorax (2012) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • Alan Tudyk was considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • The diamond featured in the first trailer is a parody of the "Pink Panther" diamond.
  • Ironically, actor Benjamin Bratt previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013) and now the new villain in this film happens to be named Balthazar Bratt.
  • The film has five Academy Award nominees: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan and Pierre Coffin
  • Illumination's 8th feature film.
  • This is the first Despicable Me film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, unlike the Despicable Me films were produced in 1.85:1.
  • Final film of John Cygan.
  • Shipped to cinemas under the Pseudonym "Double Bubble"
  • Trey Parker's first PG movie
  • The two clown fish at the beginning of the film is a reference to Marlin and Nemo in Finding Nemo.
  • Dr. Nefario froze himself into a block of carbonite is a reference to Han Solo frozen in carbonite in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • At the talent show, the Minions sing in Minionese "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • In one scene in Gru's lair the Minions are standing in front of a big computer machine with a green screen. The screen is actually displaying the Page R (the music sequencer screen) from a Fairlight CMI synthesiser series II which cost around £30,000 when originally launched back in 1982. It is unclear from the brief appearance in the movie what is being played back on the screen.
  • The country that Dru lives in and Gru originates from is the fictional European country of Freedonia. This is the same name as a similar fictional European country in The Marx Brothers' movie Duck Soup (1933).
  • The film opened in a record 4,529 theaters on June 30, 2017.
  • In France the voices for the twins Gru and Dru are performed by Gad Elmaleh and Arié Elmaleh, who are brothers in real life.
  • Though Dr. Nafario can be seen in a flashback, he remains silent. This makes it the first "Despicable Me" film to not feature Russell Brand voicing that character.
  • Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Pierre Coffin are the only actors to reprise their roles in all three films. However, along with said characters, Kristen Wiig is also one of the few actors to be in all three films, as she voiced Miss Hattie from Despicable Me (2010).
  • Margo's shirt has The Grinch on it. This is a reference to Illumination's next film.
  • Jenny Slate's character, Valerie da Vinci's hair and looks are a reference to Kellyanne Conway.
  • John Cena, Ty Burrell, Ed Helms, Ed O'Neill, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Steve Zahn, Andy Samberg, Ashton Kutcher, Will Forte, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich were all considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • Balthazar Bratt's name is likely a reference to Benjamin Bratt, who previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • Ironically, actor Benjamin Bratt previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013), and now the new villain in this film happens to be named Balthazar Bratt.
  • In the prison minions collect valuables from the prisoners, one of them is Mr. Bean (1990) teddy.
  • The animated sequence at the first part of the end credits, in which Dru and Gru are trying to outdo one another, is a reference to the opening credits sequences of the classic "Pink Panther" movies.
  • This is the first film to have the Illumination Entertainment logo simply read "Illumination".
  • The last Illumination Entertainment film to have the credits of IATSE.
  • The second Illumination Entertainment film to be rated PG for action and rude humor by the MPAA, after Minions (2015).
  • When Dru reaches into the power supply of the robot, the mechanism he pulls out is remarkably similar to the flux capacitor from "Back to the Future (1985).
  • Jenny Slate's 3rd Universal film after The Lorax (2012) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • From Illumination Creators of Minions (2015) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • The costumes Gru and Dru wear are reminiscent of the classic 1960s Italian comic series "Diabolik", who is a ruthless master thief and typically steals from criminals.
  • In September 2017 this film grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the only film released in Summer 2017 to do so, and also becoming the year's third highest grossing film.
  • The second Illumination film and sixth animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide.
  • Near the start of the film as Gru and Lucy are racing to the ship in mini subs, they show two clown fish, with one looking bigger than the other. One of the subs then hits the smaller one and all we see that is left is that fish's fin. This is most like a reference to the "Finding Nemo" movies, as Nemo had a bad fin.
  • The song the Minions sing in the singing competition, "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General", is from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's 1879 comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance". The competition is obviously a nod to the various singing reality shows like "American Idol" (2002) and "The X-Factor" (2011).
  • Bratt's giant robot resembles the children from Trey Parker's (Bratt's voice actor) show "South Park" (1997).
  • When Bratt stomps on the Hollywood sign, he leaves the first three letters alone, so it just says, "HOL". There was a game in the 1980s called "Human Occupied Landfill," and the cover of the book just said HOL.
  • The first "Despicable Me" film to not be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
  • The museum director Balthazar Bratt is dressed up as bears a strong resemblance to Mayor Shelbourne, the gluttonous and egotistical mayor from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009).
  • Andy Serkis, Larry the Cable Guy, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, Matt Damon and Jonah Hill were considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • Agnes has a mobile over her bed that resembles an Alexander Calder in the shape of a Minion.
  • Jenny Slate's fifth animated film, after The Lorax (2012), Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
  • When Gru is hanging in front of the window and sings happy birthday, he says "Happy Birthday dear Jan". Jan was one of Michael Scott's lovers in 'The Office'. Both Gru and Michael were voiced by Steve Carrell.
  • With this film and Minions (2015), the Despicable Me movie series became the first animated franchise to have two movies earn a billion dollars in the box office.
  • Bratt's lair seems to contain obvious references to the Neon Mix Tape level of the video game Plants vs Zombies 2. Notice the yellow video arcade consoles, the floor with squares outlined in a lighted grid, the yellow-wheeled roller skates, the large speakers, the keytar, the boombox, and the triangle-shaped decorations.
  • The seventh Universal's animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010), The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Sing (2016).


  • When Prof. Nefario accidentally freezes himself, it is a reference to Star Wars (1977).
  • The ending credits, where Gru and Dru are chasing each other, is possibly inspired by the Spy Vs. Spy comics from Mad magazine.
  • When Mel and the other Minions are roaming the streets there is a poster for a TV show called SING!, this is a reference to another film made by illumination.
  • When the giant Bratt robot is attacking Hollywood, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (1982) can be seen reversing away.
  • There are two posters titled "onions" as a parody of the Minions poster. These can be seen towards the end in the Hollywood studios
  • Freedonia keeps a lot of coincidences with Italy, Slovenia and Spain. The villagers keep an accent and gestures consistent with Italy traditions. The villages and outdoors also resemble Nice, Palermo, Sicily and Spain forests. The festivals where Margo, Agnes, Edith and Lucy go are alike to the old gypsy festivals in Spain. This was done in order to have less stress over portraiting a particular country, besides the fact that keeps Gru family tree even more mysterious.
  • When Lucy uses a helicopter to rescue Gru, Dru and the diamond from Bratt's lair, this is likely a reference to The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."
  • The army of Bratt dolls that Balthazar Bratt sends to kill Gru are referred to as "the Bratt pack". This is a clear reference to the name given by the media, to a group of 1980s actors, popular for films such as The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
  • At the end of this film, Lucy Wilde is left tied up and gagged in a closet. At the end of the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013), she was also tied up and strapped to a rocket.
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