It looks like 2014 is getting still slimmer when it comes to its animated outings, as Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have now moved their Minions just days after Pixar Entertainment pushed back their own The Good Dinosaur.
Originally slated to release on December 19, 2014 (happy holidays?), THR reports that the Despicable Me spinoff will now merrily chatter and trot into theaters on July 10, 2015. The move means that Illumination, just like Pixar, will not be releasing a new animated film in 2014.
But the reasoning for Illumination’s Minions shove might be, well, entirely reasonable – the studio was reportedly “so happy” with this year’s July release of Despicable Me 2 that they wanted to keep the next film from the family in the same general release time period.
The move will impact a few other projects – an untitled Illumination project that was set to open on July 3, 2015 has already been pushed to February 12, 2016. And don’t forget: the Minions spin-off release date now places it directly in the center of what is set to be one of the biggest summer movie seasons of all time. As of now, there aren’t that many animated releases competing during those months, and if the popularity of the Despicable movies are any indication, we’re sure this film will make so much money that all the minions combined might not be able to carry it back to the studio.
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