In Despicable Me 3, Gru Battles a Personification of the '80s

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Parents out there are no doubt excited to hear that Despicable Me is back this summer. Gru and his minions have returned for the series’ third installment, and the first trailer really seems to be playing to the 30-plus crowd.

First up, there’s the new villain voiced by Trey Parker. His name is Balthazar Bratt, and he dresses like he’s in a bad spinoff of Miami Vice: purple suit, shoulder pads, bad flat top/mullet combo, and mustache. He uses bubble gum as a weapon and considers Michael Jackson’s “Bad” to be “heist music.” Bratt is the entirety of the ‘80s rolled into one character, which is sure to make parents happy while the minions DJ on the beach. Yes, you read that right.

Here’s the trailer for Despicable Me 3.

I’m decidedly not a fan of this franchise, which puts me in the minority, but the casting of Trey Parker really has me curious. He’s not a person who just goes after paychecks, so maybe it’s good?


We’ll find out when Despicable Me 3 opens June 30, 2017.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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“He’s not a person who just goes after paychecks”

BASEketball proved that.

“I’m decidedly not a fan of this franchise”

You’re a monster.