The Minions Language In ‘Despicable Me,’ Explained

Minions

Since 2010, the Despicable Me movies have been delighting fans with Minions, those little yellow henchmen to the villainous Gru. Minions aren’t just loveable, they also speak in a bizarre nonsensical-sounding language. But “Minionese” is actually a complicated and deliberate dialect.

Co-directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud talked about the Minions language, a mixture of real languages, including English (“Banana!”), and old-fashioned gibberish, for years. Learn what their language actually means and how the Minions themselves, through careful planning and cheerful accidents, have shaped the movies.

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