‘Despicable Me 3’ Stars Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig Quiz Each Other in Minionese

What is Minionese? It’s the fictional language spoken by the cute little yellow Minion critters in the Despicable Me animated franchise. It sounds like gibberish – and it is to a large extent but it’s also a living, breathing language. Kind of. One that director and voice actor Pierre Coffin made up as he went along. It’s a mixture of various languages including French, Spanish, English and more – with a large dose of nonsense added in.

It’s very difficult to master though, as Steve Carell who plays villain-turned-good-guy Gru in the series and who had to speak Minionese in the latest instalment, attests.

“One of our directors does most of the minion voices and I had to actually do a little bit of Minionese in this movie and it’s really hard. It’s a very specific language. I wasn’t very good at it.”

FANDOM put Carell and his co-star Kristen Wiig, who plays Gru’s wife Lucy in the film, through their paces with a movie quiz – in Minionese.

The challenge? Identify the famous lines from each of their movies translated into Minionese. See how they did in the video above.

Despicable Me 3 continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters — Margo, Edith and Agnes — and the Minions. 

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Despicable Me 3 is out in the UK and US on June 30.

Kim Taylor-Foster
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.