The Minions are back in Despicable Me 3!

sees Gru (Steve Carell) meeting a new arch-nemesis, former child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), and getting fired from his job at the Anti Villain League after losing to the villain.


with Pierre Coffin (the original creator of the Minions) and Eric Guillon, was in town recently to conduct a master class in film directing, organised by The One Academy and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).


“They want to work for a villain and be bad, but there is nothing really bad about their nature … they like to slap each other, but that’s about as evil as they get! So there’s a bit of irony there that has some appeal, I think.”


, reckons that the reason that the Minions are so popular (other than the fact that they are really funny and fun to watch) is the ironic nature of the characters.


franchise, the first image that usually pops into mind are those cute little Minions in overalls, talking in their nonsensical language while earnestly (and a bit too cheerfully) trying to help their evil villain boss with whatever evil plan he or she has hatched.