Minions: The Rise of Gru is a 2022 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to the spin-off prequel Minions (2015) and the fifth entry overall in the Despicable Me franchise. It was directed by Kyle Balda, co-directed by Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val, produced by Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Chris Renaud, and written by Matthew Fogel with a story by Brian Lynch and Fogel. The film features Steve Carell reprising his role as Gru and Pierre Coffin as the Minions, with Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin also starring. In the film, an 11-year-old Gru plans to become a supervillain with the help of his Minions, which leads to a showdown with a malevolent team, the Vicious 6.
After being delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minions: The Rise of Gru had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 13, 2022, and was released in the United States on July 1, 2022, by Universal Pictures, in standard and select IMAX theaters. It received praise from critics for its musical numbers and entertainment value for families, although criticism was directed toward the plot. Minions: The Rise of Gru has grossed $790 million worldwide, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2022, as well as the highest-grossing animated film released during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was dedicated in memory of animator Madeline Montero, who died during production of the film.