Rumor: Minions from 'Despicable Me 2' are speaking French

'Despicable Me 2' characters at the American premiere of the film at Universal Citywalk on June 22 in Universal City, Calif.

What language do the Minion characters in the new 'Despicable Me 2' movie speak?

FALSE: According to production notes, Minions speak a language "more about sound than it is about any kind of meaning"

In the 2010 film "Despicable Me," the short, yellow, begoggled characters known as Minions speak to each other in a language impossible to translate but easy to understand. Once in a while a stray recognizable word seems to slip through their chirps and giggles.

With the sequel, "Despicable Me 2," set to open in theaters on July 3, at least one fan seems to think that the creatures are speaking a "combination of French and English."

"Despicable Me 2" was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. In production notes released before the first film, Illumination Studios quotes each of the creators in describing the process they used to develop the Minions' language.

Meledandri makes it clear that when it comes to Minionese, it's substance over style.

The following is from the production notes:

"Coffin worked with his fellow director to develop the complex language for the Minions. To help us understand them, every once in a while a word of English sneaks out during a scene," the notes say.

"Renaud and Coffin discovered how to compress the sound of their voices so that they were able to tweak slightly both their and (Jemaine) Clement’s voices for each little guy’s vocals.  'The language is much more about sound than it is about any kind of meaning,' says Meledandri."


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