Despicable Me 3 trailer sees Gru battle Trey Parker’s keytar wielding villain

Gregory Wakeman

The first trailer for ‘Despicable Me 3’ is with us, and it not only introduces us to the franchise’s brand new villain, voiced by ‘South Park’s’ Trey Parker, but it’s packed full of 80s references. You can check it out above.

With ‘Despicable Me’s’ predecessors, and the ‘Minions’ spin-off, having grossed a combined total of just under $2.7 billion, Illumination Entertainment are rather confident that ‘Despicable Me 3’ will continue this success, especially since it’s pretty much more of the same.

But the addition of Trey Parker, who co-created ‘South Park’, ‘Team America: World Police’, and ‘Book Of Mormon’, suggests that the franchise is trying to appeal to older viewers, which is why his presence is unveiled right at the start of the trailer.

Trey Parker definitely has the credentials to increase the absurdity and silliness of ‘Despicable Me 3’ with his character Balthazar Bratt, who is a former child star that is still obsessed with the character he played in the 1980s.

Gru and the magnificently named new Despicable Me 3 villain Balthazar Bratt [Image via Illumination Entertainment]

Which is why ‘Despicable Me 3’s’ trailer was awash with references to the 1980s. There was the soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s Bad and Phil Collins’ Sussudio, which even provoked a dance off cum fist fight, a fiendish rubik’s cube, a nod of the head to Eddie Murphy’s Raw outfit, and a keytar with the power to rid Gru of his clothes.

There’s still the old team that made the first two ‘Despicable Me’s ‘so popular, with Steve Carell’s Gru and Krisen Wiig’s Lucy working together to form the team Grucy, while the film will also introduce Gru’s long lost twin brother Dru, too. However there was one concern, as ‘Despicable Me 3’s’ trailer featured a severe lack of Minions.

We’ll find out where they’ve been hiding when ‘Despicable Me 3’ is finally released on June 30, 2017.

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