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  • The events of Despicable Me take place during the month of May in (presumably) 2012. The day of the recital, the theft of the moon, and Vector kidnapping the girls, is May 26, which falls on a Saturday.
  • When the Shrink Ray is tested in Asia, the elephant being used as a test subject is an Asian elephant.
  • At one part where the minions are holding Gru from falling onto Vector, one of them initially has a combed hair. But when the shark makes them fall down from the vent, he has a buzz-cut hair.
  • The name "Bob" the minion appears in the credits, but there's no clear clue of which minion the name is referred (another Bob appears not until Despicable Me 2).
  • Though never explicitly stated in the movie, Gru's first name is Felonius, displayed in his family tree (partially obscured in the movie, though his name in the fake credentials is Felonious). Subsequent supplementary materials such as Minion Mayhem indicated that this first name is real.
  • Super Silly Fun Land, the amusement park in the movie where the inner father of Gru is awakened, is most likely based on Pacific Park in Santa Monica, California. Both parks are built on a pier, feature one roller coaster, and has multiple game stands. Adding to the credibility of this resemblance is the fact that Illumination Entertainment is based in Santa Monica.
  • There are issues with time in Despicable Me. Such as:
    • When Gru enters his home in the beginning of the film, it is 3:30 PM, according to his DVR clock. Yet just a few minutes later, the sun has already set and the Moon is in full display when Gru opens the top hatch of his underground lab. Though, according to the screenplay of the film, it may implies that it takes hours to assemble all the minions.
  • As Gru walks up to the counter in the Coffee shop he is holding his freeze ray but in the next shot it is gone.
  • The minions take out many things for sale to support Gru, and there's a crown, but it's different from the one appears in the film Minions which is taken away by Gru.
  • In the end credit, John mimics Gru by saying "back to work", which is reused in a slogan on a poster of Despicable Me 2, written as "Back 2 Work".
    • This also possibly hints Despicable Me 2.
  • This is the first feature film by Illumination.
  • This is the first computer animated film by Mac Guff.
  • This is also Universal Pictures' first fully animated theatrical film to be rated PG by the MPAA; all of Universal's previous fully animated theatrical films were rated G.
    • It is also Universal Pictures' second animated theatrical film released in July, after Jetsons: The Movie in 1990, which was 20 years before Despicable Me was released.
    • Not feature the Illumination logo at the beginning of the film at all, but rather at the end of the film.
      • The next film, Hop, is the first Illumination film to have the Illumination logo appear at the very beginning.
  • This is the first Illumination film to be in 3D, followed by The Lorax.