‘Despicable Me 4’ Big Game Spot Has The Minions Goofing Around With AI

Prior to the Super Bowl, Illumination has dropped the new Big Game teaser spot for Despicable Me 4. Good, get all of these damn things out of the way now so there are fewer during the game itself!  Anyway, the footage barely looks like it’s for the upcoming sequel. Instead, it’s more like a skit involving the beloved Minions and the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

The teaser shows the Minions goofing around with AI, using it to create silly photos that they share with another. Zooming out, we see what looks like thousands of Minions doing the very same thing, with the voice of Jon Hamm telling us the “future is in good hands.”

Here is the synopsis: Following the 2022 summer blockbuster phenomenon of Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which earned almost $1 billion worldwide, the biggest global animated franchise in history now begins a new chapter as Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Oscar® nominee Kristen Wiig) and their girls —Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Madison Polan)—welcome a new member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal (Emmy winner Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Emmy nominee Sofia Vergara), and the family is forced to go on the run.

Also voicing characters in the film are Joey King, Stephen Colbert, and Chloe Fineman, with Pierre Coffin back voicing the Minions, and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom.

Minions co-creator Chris Renaud co-directs alongside Patrick Delage, from a script co-written by Ken Daurio and Mike White, creator of The White Lotus and writer of Migration.

Despicable Me 4 hits theaters on July 3rd.

Travis Hopson
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