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.