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Vector Returns in ‘Mooned’: The Latest Treat from Illumination Studios

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Despicable Me Vector Return

Vector, the notorious antagonist from Despicable Me, is making a comeback in Mooned, a new short film presented alongside Illumination Studios’ upcoming movie Migration. Voiced by the talented Jason Segel, Vector’s tale picks up after his lunar misadventure in the original Despicable Me. This franchise, renowned for its humor and charm, has led to several sequels and spin-offs, with Mooned set to premiere in cinemas on December 22, right before the showing of Migration.

Get ready for a blast from the past as December brings not only Illumination Studios’ latest feature, Migration, but also the return of Despicable Me’s Vector in the animated short Mooned. Voiced by Jason Segel, Vector’s new adventure unfolds in this eagerly anticipated short film, scheduled to play before Migration starting December 22. The recent trailer offers fans a peek at Vector’s life since his unintended moon landing.

Vector, who made his memorable debut in 2010 as Gru’s rival, left a lasting impression. The first Despicable Me film ended with Vector marooned on the moon while Gru found a new life on Earth. Now, after over a decade, we revisit Vector in Mooned, which explores his quest to return home. Joining Segel is Pierre Coffin, co-director and animator of Despicable Me, lending his voice to the series’ beloved Minions.

The Impact of ‘Despicable Me’ and Vector’s Legacy

Despicable Me struck gold with its release, earning critical acclaim and a solid 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s box office success was remarkable, grossing over $543 million and ranking as the ninth highest-grossing film of 2010. The franchise expanded with two sequels, Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, and a forthcoming fourth installment. The Minions also enjoyed the spotlight in their own films, with Minions (2015) and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022).

As a curtain-raiser for Illumination’s Migration, Mooned will introduce audiences to a heartwarming story about a family of ducks navigating the urban jungle of New York City during their winter migration. Migration, penned by Mike White of The White Lotus fame, is directed by Benjamin Renner and Guylo Homsy. It features an ensemble cast including Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Caspar Jennings, and Tresi Gazal. The film, along with Mooned, debuts on December 22, competing with major releases like Anyone But You and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

For a sneak peek into this exciting short, check out the Mooned trailer below:

Despicable Me
Release Date: July 8, 2010
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Star Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig
Rating: PG
Runtime: 95 minutes
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family
Writers: Ken Daurio, Sergio Pablos, Cinco Paul


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Despicable Me Vector Return

What is the new short film featuring Vector from Despicable Me?

The new short film is called “Mooned,” and it features the return of the villain Vector from the Despicable Me franchise. It will be shown in theaters alongside Illumination Studios’ new feature film “Migration.”

Who voices the character Vector in Mooned?

Jason Segel is the voice actor behind the character Vector in the short film Mooned.

When will Mooned and Migration be released in theaters?

Both Mooned and Migration are scheduled to be released in theaters on December 22.

What is the plot of the new Illumination Studios feature film Migration?

Migration is an animated film that follows a family of ducks as they navigate through New York City while migrating south for the winter.

Has the Despicable Me franchise released any other films or spin-offs?

Yes, the Despicable Me franchise has released several sequels and spin-offs, including Despicable Me 2 and 3, as well as the Minions films, Minions (2015) and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022).

More about Despicable Me Vector Return

  • Despicable Me on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Mooned Trailer
  • Illumination Studios Official Website
  • Migration Movie Overview
  • Jason Segel’s Filmography
  • Despicable Me Franchise History
  • Animated Film Releases 2023
  • New York City in Animation

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DannyK November 21, 2023 - 8:06 am

wasn’t a huge fan of the last despicable me, but Vector was always my fav villain, might give this a watch. December 22 is marked on my calendar!

MovieBuffMike November 21, 2023 - 9:28 am

omg, can’t wait to see Vector again! always thought he was hilarious in the first movie, this is gonna be epic!!

SarahJ November 21, 2023 - 3:48 pm

I saw the trailer for Mooned, looks really cute, Jason Segel is just perfect for Vector, his voice is so distinct you know?

AnimationLover November 21, 2023 - 6:30 pm

Interesting to see Illumination bringing back old characters, hope it doesn’t feel too forced. But honestly, Migration sounds kinda cool too, ducks in NYC? gotta see that.

CinephileClaire November 22, 2023 - 12:18 am

I’m curious how they’ll keep the story fresh with Vector. Despicable Me has been around for a while now, but hey, as long as it’s entertaining, right.


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