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Illumination Entertainment is an American animation film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. It is owned by Meledandri and Universal Studios, a division of NBCUniversal, with Universal fully financing and owning all the films. The company is best known for being the creators of the Despicable Me franchise, its spin-off/prequel Minions and the films The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. The Minions, characters from the Despicable Me films, are the studio's official mascots. Its films are co-produced and/or distributed by Universal Pictures.

It is a rival to Bossy Bunny.

Filmography

Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Budget Gross RT MC
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 $69 million $543.1 million 81% 72
2 Hop April 1, 2011 $63 million $184 million 25% 41
3 Jae October 9, 2011 $63 million $184 million 25% 41
4 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 $70 million $348.8 million 53% 46
5 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 $76 million $970.8 million 74% 62
6 Jae 2 October 3, 2014 $70 million $1.45 billion 17% 31
7 Minions July 10, 2015 $74 million $1.159.0 billion 56% 56
8 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 $75 million $875.5 million 74% 61
9 Sing December 21, 2016 $75 million $632.4 million 73% 59
10 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 $80 million $1.036.0 billion 61% 49
11 The Grinch November 9, 2018 $75-120 million $80.7 million 55% 50
12 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 $80 million $433 Million 59% 55

Upcoming films

Title Release date Animation

Sverice(s)

Minions 2 July 3, 2020 Illumination Mac Guff
Thomas & Friends: The Movie November 14, 2020
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer December 5, 2020
Sing 2 December 25, 2020
Angelina Ballerina: The Movie April 5, 2021
True and the Rainbow Kingdom: The Movie May 1, 2021 Goanimate Mac Guff
Garfield July 2, 2021
U.S. Acres July 1, 2022
Kipper: The Movie October 1, 2021
Daniel: The Rise of Jae October 3, 2021
Untitled Mario animated film 2022
T.N.M. Tina Nelson Movie December 21, 2022
Age of S.C.O.R.E. June 30, 2023
Woody Woodpecker August 29, 2023
Despicable Me 4

2026

Minions 3

2030
Beatstyle Metro TBD
TBD TBD

Films in development

Title
Shrek!
Flanimals
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Johnny Express

Underdog: Story of a Canine Hero
Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Movie!
Spyro: The Enchanted Movie!
Andrew Lost
Jack and Annie and The Magic Tree House
Talking Tom's Big Movie!

Direct-to-video films

# Title Release date
1 Tina Nelson and the Summer Created August 14, 2018
2 Tina Nelson and the Ballerina Princess August 13, 2019
3 Tina Nelson and the Girl Power Force June 16, 2020

Television specials

# Title Network
1 Despicable Me Xmas NBC
2 Despicable Me Easter NBC

Short films

# Title Release date
1 Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana December 14, 2010
2 Brad & Gary 2011
3 Phil's Dance Party March 23, 2012
4 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem July 2, 2012
5 Wagon Ho!, Forces of Nature and Serenade August 7, 2012
6 Puppy, Panic in the Mailroom and Training Wheels December 10, 2013
7 Cro Minion, Competition and Binky Nelson Unpacified December 8, 2015
8 Mower Minions July 8, 2016
9 Norman Television and Weenie December 6, 2016
10 Gunter Babysits, Love at First Sight and Eddie's Life Coach March 21, 2017
11 Disco Minions June 2, 2017
12 Tina's Present June 30, 2023

Television series

# Title Premiere date End date Network
1 Despicable Me: The Series 2019 TBA NBC

Accolades

Academy Awards

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2013 Despicable Me 2 Best Animated Feature Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri Nominated
Best Original Song "Happy"

Golden Globes

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2010 Despicable Me Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
2013 Despicable Me 2
2016 Sing
Best Original Song "Faith"

Critics' Choice Awards

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2010 Despicable Me Best Animated Feature Nominated
2013 Despicable Me 2
Best Original Song "Happy"

Kids' Choice Awards

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2011 Despicable Me Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Won
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Buttkicker Steve Carell Nominated
2012 Jae Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Bill Hader
2013 The Lorax Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Taylor Swift
2014 Despicable Me 2 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Steve Carell
Miranda Cosgrove Won
2015 Jae 2 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Bill Hader Won
2016 Minions Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Sandra Bullock
2017 The Secret Life of Pets Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Kevin Hart
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Villain Won
Kids' Choice Award for Most Wanted Pet
Daniel Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Reese Witherspoon
Kids' Choice Award for Most Wanted Pet
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Soundtrack Sing
2018 Despicable Me 3 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Steve Carell Won
2019 Jae 3

Trivia

  • In 2018, Illumination Mac Guff the animation studio will move to Toronto and Ontario, Canada, and change its name to Illumination Canada.

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