I remember watching Despicable Me with my wife back before we had kids and enjoying the movie, but not thinking much of it after that. By the time the sequel came out, our daughter had basically taken control of the television and it was nearly guaranteed that we watched the DreamWorks film on a regular basis. So, when Minions came out earlier this summer, we wanted to get her to the theaters to see it. Luckily, my dad was up for the task and took her a few weeks ago. But, they weren’t the only ones who wanted to catch it on the big screen, so when my wife and I saw that one of the local drive-ins was doing a Minions/Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation double bill, we jumped at the chance (my M:I 5 can be read here if you’re interested).
I’ve got to admit, though, I had no idea what this movie was about thanks to the commercials. I knew from covering movies for a living that it was some kind of prequel to DM, but that was about it aside from some odd scenes of a trio of Minions running around what looked like a British palace.
So, here’s the deal: the Minions evolved to serve the most despicable thing around. They did alright for a while, but after a series of dead masters, they found themselves holed up in some frozen mountains yearning for leadership. Three of their number — Kevin, Stuart and Bob — set out to find a new overlord and eventually come to find Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) who wants the British crown for herself. From there you get accidental betrayal, Minions in a palace and an epic fight at the end.
Minions did an excellent job of continuing on the fun and tone of the DM movies — which both feature a good deal of heart along with the out-there, sci-fi-tinged antics that come from classic movies and cartoons. I love how they were able to take those elements and portray them through a historical context that ties back into the main films by the end. In other words, this is one of the better prequels around because it didn’t get too caught up in the specific gags and events that made the first two movies popular, but instead carried on the tone and heart to its logical conclusion.
All that being said, I now hope that SPOILER Gru & The Minions becomes an animated series that I can watch with my kids on Netflix or something because that dynamic right there — mad scientist boy with nearly unlimited help — is perfect for ongoing antics.
Good golly it’s been a long time since I did one of these! The 98th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast features some stuff I recorded back in April and then follows it up with an update from this week! It’s not a complete update, but you’ll get the deets on both kids’ birthday parties, the swingset construction and more!
Guys, first off, Kite Day was more fun than I expected. Kites are rad, even cheapo ones from the drug store (just don’t get those crazy-long tails tangled up).
I talked about the Charlie & Lola cartoons back in PPNC #84, but here’s a look at the artwork I mentioned.
Charlie and Lola art sample
Birthdays! Cakes make kids even cuter. It’s a law of nature.
Here‘s the list of tips I came up with for throwing a solid pre-schooler birthday party. It’s pretty much the best thing you’ll read all day.
And finally, behold the glory of a more organized garage!
Still very slowly working my way through these. Here’s the latest batch. More will go up…later.
I don’t usually do this, but here are a few links related to these posts. My action figure review went up on CBR and focused on three of the latest Greg Capullo Batman figures from DC Collectibles.
You can read my Geek.com posts on my author page. That’s been a really fun gig!
In my continued efforts to dig myself out of the ginormous hole I’ve made when it comes to Photo Diary, I now present you with the second half of February all in one post! If you’re looking for the first installment, click here.
Here’s the Fluttershy Lu got along with the Horror Classic Funko Mystery Minis Jason Vinyl Figure I scored.
Meanwhile, if you want to check out Astro City, I highly recommend going to the beginning with Life in the Big City, but you can also pick up the book I just did called Through Open Doors. The Spider-Man issue I mentioned is actually Web of Spider-Man #81 and I reviewed it over on UnitedMonkee.com.
To see the Frozen elements in Big Hero 6, head on over here.
I called Aunt May Peter Parker’s grandma. Obviously this is a huge geek goof. It’s clearly his aunt. Please forgive me oh wrathful geek gods.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 90 might sound a little echo-y because of the new computer, but it covers Guardians of the Galaxy, snowy days, Steven Universe and way more.
Follow the links for my posts on last week’s menu, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and the books I mentioned that were written and drawn by comic folks if you’re interested.
The TTT video I mentioned that I was reminded of while watching The Goldbergs can be seen here.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 86 covers Christmas, sickness, sleep and Sh-Ra with a surprise appearance by Lucy!
For more information on Watts Christmas Wonderland, check out their site. Above you can see a shaky shot of the light-filled neighborhood we discovered and the solid Santa at the Newburgh Mall.
My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll was a big hit with Lu. She also got Frozen stickers, jammies, jelly beans, slippers and more.
Above you can see She-Ra – Princess of Power – Season One, Vol. 1 as well as Lu brandishing her paper roll She-Ra sword!