[twitter]In our house this one is Spicabonie. Yes, I said Spicabonie.

There are certain words some kids have trouble saying. Usually they grow out of it, sometimes the parents find it really endearing and play along with the mispronounciation creating a family language only you understand.

That’s how Despicable Me became Spicabonie. Zacharie couldn’t pronounce the original title, and we never corrected him.

To be honest, the original is one of my all-time favorite family movies. It has cuteness (minions and the girls), it has good vs evil (Gru vs Vector), but it’s not overly mushy or scary. The boys never once got scared or bored watching Despicable Me and we were thrilled to catch a preview this weekend.

Steve Carrell, Kristin Wiig (different character this time), and Russell Brand return as voices in director Chris Melendandri‘s sequel to the original $540M moneymaker.

While Gru and the girls were lovable characters in the first flick, the minions were the big hit. For the sequel, we get what everyone wants: more minions!

In Despicable Me 2 we find Gru retired from villainry and hosting a birthday party for his girls. He says he runs a jam and jelly business, but really you could see this guy as a Daddy Blogger. His unabashed, devoted love for his daughters is a focus of the film and it is very sweet.

Eventually Gru gets recruited by the good guys to help find a very bad guy because he used to be a bad guy and knows what bad guys are about. Not to give too much plot, but it’s a fun spy/love story that ends with many angry purple minions set to take over the world.

scary purple minions

This is where it got a little freaky. Cute yellow mumbling minions? Awesome. Purple hulk-like minions with venomous twitches and murderous growls? Freaky. Zacharie (6 yrs old) got a little spooked, Charlie (3 yrs old) got a lot spooked by the purple minions.

That said, there were plenty of howls and laughs from the entire audience during the entire film, just be prepared to have a kid on your lap during the climax if they don’t do well with some scary scenes.

See Despicable Me 2.

Despicable Me 2 app: Minion Rush


An iOS / Android game has been released along side the movie called Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Think of Temple Run, and you’ll understand how this game is to be played. While the game play is fine for younger kids, there are a lot of menus and buttons that need to be pressed to a) play the game b) play it again after you bonk out.

It is a very fun game and a good knock off of Temple Run, but until your kids get the hang of it (or can read), you’ll be constantly resetting it for them to play. No purple minions make an appearance in the app.dadcamp fire

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  1. Andrew Johnson July 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

    My kids love this movie! For the longest time, they thought it was “Tickle My Knee”.

  2. Larry July 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    We recently watched the first movie and all of us enjoyed it. We plan on seeing the second one. Thanks for the heads up about the final scene. I think my 6 year old will end up on my lap.

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