JOURNEY: Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from the movie Minions.
JOURNEY: Bob, Kevin and Stuart in a scene from the movie Minions. Photo Universal Pictures

Minions movie: evolution that's full of beans

SINCE the dawn of time there were Minions.

At least, that's how the new animated film from the creators of Despicable Me have chosen to tell the back story of their yellow, bean-shaped creations.

The impulsive yet charming creatures became a viral meme sensation thanks to their unique brand of gibberish and their many scene-stealing moments in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.

The new film Minions traces the evolution of the cute characters from single-celled organisms to the goggle-wearing henchmen who live to serve, but inadvertently thwart, a series of evil masters.

After accidentally destroying all of their masters, including a T Rex, Genghis Khan, Napoleon and Dracula, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. But by 1968, the lack of a master drives them into depression.

Kevin, with Stuart and Bob in tow, sets off to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

At Villain Con they meet Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the world's first super-villainess, and compete to become her loyal servants.

In this Q&A, teddy bear-toting Minion Bob talks about travelling with Kevin and working for some of the world's most notorious super-villains.

Q: How did it feel to leave home?

A: I was scared, but I had to be brave for Kevin and Stuart and Tim, my emotional support bear. He's so brave. He helps other people be brave. Can you imagine?

Q: What was the most memorable part of the journey?

A: All. The. Bouncy. Beds.

Q: What was the scariest thing about Villain Con?

A: I got separated from Kevin and Stuart for a little (while). I looked up and realised I was holding a Viking's hand. He was really nice though. He helped me find them again. He's one of my best friends now. He actually gave me a spiked club that he told me he used to wipe out all the battle boars in Scandinavia. Whatever that means…

Q: Who is the worst super-villain you've served?

A: It was Dracula, who never wanted a hug.

Q: What is it like travelling with Kevin as your leader?

A: He's just the best. And he's nice. And he's smart. And he always knows what time it is. And he's tall, so Stuart can hide behind him, and I can hide behind Stuart.

Q: What's your favourite bedtime story?

A: I like Goodnight Banana. It goes "goodnight banana, goodnight banana, goodnight old banana whispering hush". Or The Tortoise and the Banana. It's about how the tortoise was really slow but the banana is slower because he doesn't have arms or legs so he can't move.

Q: Do you take your teddy bear everywhere?

A: No, no. teddy bear takes me.

Minions opens nationally on Thursday.



Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Rating: PG

Reviewer's last word: Despite talking gibberish, the yellow sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies have won a place in the hearts of audiences worldwide. Kevin, Stuart, Bob and their fellow minions now have their own film tracing their lives before Gru.

Actress Sandra Bullock
Actress Sandra Bullock

Star profile: Sandra Bullock

Quirky fact: Is the only actress to be nominated for and win both an Oscar for Best Actress and the Razzie for Worst Actress in the same year (for The Blind Side and All About Steve).

Best known for: The Blind Side, Gravity, Speed.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Despicable Me, Megamind, Inside Out.

Quote: "I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. It's what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it."