MINIONS: The Rise of Gru – Awesome for Family Movie Night!

We adore Minions. Wish we had Minions! Wouldn’t that be amazing? But since we aren’t able to find and befriend any real-life Minions, we’re happy to be able to watch their adorable antics in the new MINIONS: The Rise of Gru. Now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD, the animated movie of the year is ready for your family movie night viewing.

Thanks to our friends at Universal Pictures, we got a sneak peek of the film on 4K Ultra HD complete with all-new (hillarious) mini-movies, outtakes, and so much more. The “how-to-draw and animate” lesson with Brad Ableson is our favorite. Great fun for the whole family.

The film journeys back to a young Gru in the 1970s as he plots to take over the world from his basement. All with the help of the lovable Minions, of course!

Our family really enjoyed learning more about how Gru became Gru and how the Minions developed some of their skills. The new villian group on the scene, Vicious 6, adds a new level of fun to the chaos that Gru and his Minions friends seem to always attract. The result, of course, is a rolicking fun time and a whole lot of cuteness!

Minion Fun for Family Movie Night

Enhance your family movie night with all the bonus features, but also check out these awesome ideas:

Play Minion Rush at – Start running with the Minion in the only mobile runner game packed with all the fun of the Despicable Me movies.

Make a Minion Munch Party Mix:

Create Minion Pencil Cases for back-to-school: or make Minion Ornaments for the upcoming holiday season:

Download the MINIONS: The Rise of Gru Activity Kit at – make your own pet rock, coloring pages, and more!

Minions The Rise of Gru

About MINIONS: The Rise of Gru

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Packed with the franchise’s signature subversive humor, MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU features more thrilling action than any Despicable Me film ever before!

The film is written and directed by Kyle Balda (Minions, Despicable Me 3, The Lorax), co-directed by Brad Ableson (“Minions Holiday Special”) and Jonathan del Val (the Secret Life of Pets 2), and co-written by Matthew Fogel (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part) and Brian Lynch (Minions, The Secret Life of Pets), starring Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. The original score was created by Heitor Pereira.



  • POST MODERN MINIONS (MINI MOVIE) – Experience one Minion’s rise and fall as an artistic genius when he sneaks into a 1970’s post-modern art gallery with a fellow Minion and unintentionally creates an explosive new art form that is declared by a snooty art critic as the greatest art he’s ever seen. When the critic moves onto the next new artist, our Minion tries everything to get back in the spotlight, which accidentally leads to his next unexpected career.
  • MINIONS AND MONSTERS (MINI MOVIE) – Follow a newbie Minion as he joins three more experienced Minions in playing a 1970’s fantasy role-playing game. After struggling to gain the skills needed to master the game, the newbie unexpectedly rises to the occasion and saves the day, earning him the magical crown and the appreciation of his buddies.
  • GRU-VY ANIMATION – Join Steve Carell and the directors as they take us through the animation process. From Concept Art, through Storyboards and on to the Final Film, with every Gru-vy step in between explained in fun and fascinating detail.
  • THE ’70S – FASHION, FOOD & FUNK – A behind the scenes look at the 1970’s through the lens of MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU. From fashion to music, cultural phenomenon and back – the cast and filmmakers are bringing the 1970’s to a whole new generation.
  • MINION MARTIAL ARTS – In this 1970s inspired martial arts movie throwback, we hear from the film’s directors about their inspiration, how they created authenticity in animation, the role the many martial artists in the cast played to bring it to life and how you teach a Minion to fight.
  • HOW TO DRAW (& ANIMATE) WITH BRAD ABLESON – Co-director Brad Ableson shows us how to draw all of our favorite characters.
  • LAIR FLAIR: MAKE YOUR OWN MINION HIDEOUT – The Minions aren’t the only ones who can build a secret lair — now you can, too! (And yours doesn’t have to be built under Gru’s bed.)
  • SUPER STYLE SHOP – The Minion uniform of overalls and goggles is timeless. Simple yet functional. But sometimes Minions have a casual day out and can abandon their work attire for something more fashionable. Here’s how can create fresh new fashion for YOUR Minions!
Tags: family movie night, Minions, movie night
Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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