October 9, 2022 at 12:19 am

The Minions’ Language In ‘Despicable Me,’ Explained

by Ashley Dreiling

Since 2010, the Despicable Me franchise has been delighting audiences with Minions, those little yellow henchmen to the villainous Gru. Minions aren’t just loveable, they also speak in a strange nonsensical-sounding language. But “Minionese” is actually a complex and deliberate dialect.

Co-directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud honed the Minions’ language, a combination of real languages, including English (“Banana!”), and old-fashioned gibberish, for years. Learn what their language means and how the Minions themselves, through precise planning and happy accidents, have shaped the films.

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