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Say hello to the Minion maid

Say hello to the Minion maid

Say hello to the Minion maid

Our recent explorations of cultural depictions of cleaning and cleaners here on the Aurora blog have taken in a fantastic array of weird and wonderful characters from films, TV shows, music videos and more.

This week, we take a look at some of the strangest but most loveable figures yet: the Minions. Made famous by the smash hit Despicable Me franchise, these bizarre yellow beings have taken on a life of their own.

The Minion maid
In the world of Despicable Me, the Minions are tiny yellow creatures who wear dungarees and large goggles (or often just a goggle, for those with only one eye). By and large they behave like children, often fighting and squabbling with one another, giggling at infantile jokes and photocopying their bottoms, all while speaking their own indecipherable language.

They are the loyal servants of Gru, the main character in the movies, who is voiced by Steve Carell. At the beginning of the first film, Gru is a supervillain preoccupied with his various plots and schemes, and the Minions are his hapless henchmen. Everything changes, however, when Gru finds himself looking after three orphan girls who make it increasingly difficult for him to do his dastardly work.

The Minions regularly pop up throughout all three films in this popular family franchise, often in increasingly ridiculous outfits and situations.

A particular highlight from Despicable Me 2 sees one Minion - reportedly named Phil - dressed in a black and white maid's outfit, vacuuming the floors of Gru's house/evil headquarters while happily singing to himself. When the doorbell rings, Phil opens the door, not realising that someone (or something) is on the other side, waiting to kidnap him.

 

The Minions have become arguably the most recognisable and popular part of the Despicable Me universe. A version of Phil in the maid's outfit appears in a game based on the films, while another short film shows the characters teaming up with the three girls - Margo, Edith and Agnes - to tidy up Gru's house and remove all signs of his villainy before visitors arrive.

Iconic status
The Minions have enjoyed so much popularity and success that they have become the official mascots of Illumination, the division of Universal Studios that makes the movies, and a corporate icon for Universal itself.

They have helped to turn the Despicable Me franchise into a huge international hit, with the three films in the series to date raking in more than $2.5 billion at the global box office.
In 2015, these memorable characters enjoyed their first solo big screen outing in Minions, another massive success that grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Whether you see them as loveable and hilarious or bizarre and slightly irritating, there is no doubt that the Minions - maid outfits and all - have won the hearts of millions of people all over the world.

Here at Aurora, you will be happy to hear there are no yellow creatures, gobbledygook languages or childish humour involved in our cleaning services, just high levels of professionalism and exacting standards that will leave your place of business looking great.

 

Posted by William Rodriguez