Illumination Studios' latest entry in the Despicable Me universe, Minions: The Rise Of Gru, is currently entertaining audiences in theaters and being praised as one of Illumination Studios' best movies in a long time. According to fans, the film crafts a funny and engaging story while expanding upon the backstory of everybody's favorite supervillain, Gru.
In order to make things easier for all those audiences who walked out of Minions 2 looking for more fun, lighthearted family movies in the same vein, Ranker has collated a list of similar movies that fans of the minions should enjoy. Regardless of age or background, there should be a great option for all kinds of audiences.
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10 The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Based on the internationally-popular mobile game of the same name, The Angry Birds Movie was one of the biggest and most successful animated films of 2016. Not only does it include all the characters that fans know and love from the game, but it also has a unique narrative that keeps this distinctly different from its source material.
The Angry Birds Movie is one of the rare video game adaptations to actually use its original material effectively, integrating characters and mechanics from the game into the narrative of the film. It might not be the most accessible to older audiences, but it's clear to see why kids love it so much.
9 Happy Feet (2006)
Anybody who enjoys the mayhem and trouble that's caused by the minions should have a great time with Happy Feet, which follows a huge ensemble cast of young penguins and their families. At the heart of the film is Mumble, whose amazing tap-dancing talent makes him stand out from the crowd.
The most impressive aspect of Happy Feet is its central family dynamic, which allows the film to tell a touching and emotional story about parenthood and independence. It goes a step further than most children's films in this respect, which has allowed it to stand the test of time.
8 Shrek (2001)
Not only is Shrek widely considered to be one of the best animated films of all time, but it has also aged much better than many children's movies from the early 2000s. Almost all of the jokes are just as funny today as they were over twenty years ago, which is a testament to both the film's sharp writing and its timeless story.
Much like the Minions franchise, all the Shrek films are full of interesting characters and hilarious slapstick comedy that make them some of the best in the genre. If it weren't for films like Shrek, there'd be a whole wave of movies - including Minions - that probably wouldn't exist today.
7 Toy Story (1995)
As the first film released by Pixar Studios, there's a lot of respect owed to Toy Story for its influence over today's climate of animated movies. It completely revolutionized the genre, blending this children's story with a rich and mature narrative that even adults could lose themselves in.
On a technical level, Toy Story was just as inventive and innovative. As one of the first movies to utilize computer-generated animation, it's impossible to imagine what animated movies would look like today without the foundations that were set by Pixar in 1995.
6 Ice Age (2002)
Ice Age, along with its subsequent sequels, were some of the defining animated films of an entire generation. Not only were they extremely successful at the box office, but they were also incredibly creative in their storytelling. There are very few films out there that have managed to capture the unique comedy and distinct tone of Ice Age.
The long-running Ice Age franchise continues to release content to this day, which makes it one of the most consistent and long-standing series there's ever been in the field of children's animation. For that alone, Ice Age deserves its due respect.
5 Zootopia (2016)
Surprisingly the first Disney Studios movie to make the grade according to Ranker, Zootopia was a huge hit when it was released in 2016 and remains one of the studios' most beloved projects to this day. The film follows an aspiring police-rabbit named Judy Hopps who enlists the help of a cunning fox named Nick in order to solve a groundbreaking case.
Like almost all of Disney's modern films, Zootopia shines through its well-developed characters and sharp world-building. Its sense of humor and animation style will already be familiar to fans of the Minions franchise, though Zootopia offers a much more poignant and layered narrative.
4 The Boss Baby (2017)
Although The Boss Baby was met with fairly negative reviews from critics and older audiences, the film was still a box-office hit that recently spawned a sequel, Family Business. The tale follow the adventures of the titular Boss Baby and his brother Tim, who team up in a quest to take down the CEO of Puppy Co.
The Boss Baby has also inspired a television series - and like many similar shows, The Boss Baby: Back In The Crib does a great job of expanding the story that was established in the film while also introducing plenty of new characters and subplots that fans of this universe will surely enjoy.
3 Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)
Serving as a spin-off of the beloved Madagascar franchise, Penguins of Madagascar follows the dangerous adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private as they travel the world with a secret crime-fighting organization called The North Wind.
Although Madagascar was a hugely popular film at the time, there's no denying that Skipper and his gang were some of the film's most interesting and entertaining characters - so it's no surprise that their solo film is often labeled as even better than the original.
2 WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E was an incredibly innovative and genre-defining film when it was first released in 2008. It lacked everything that usually made children's movies so popular (excessive jokes, fast-paced storytelling, and silly characters), and instead presented an extremely moving and thoughtful narrative about the future of mankind.
Despite the two films' complete tonal differences, fans of Minions and its sequel should definitely enjoy the timeless story of WALL-E. The central character actually has a lot in common with the minions - he doesn't speak much, and his non-human appearance makes him extremely unique as a character.
1 Despicable Me (2010)
For fans of the Minions franchise, there's almost no doubt that they'll enjoy the Despicable Me trilogy. Not only does it actually include the minions that audiences love so much, but they're also very similar in terms of style and tone. Gru makes for a fantastic protagonist, and his dynamic with the minions is one of the trilogy's strongest aspects.
Despicable Me was one of Illumination Studios' biggest commercial successes at the box office, so it's not really surprising that so many sequels and spin-offs were born of the property. But the original film, headed solely by Gru and his family, will always be one of the defining animated films of this generation.
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