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  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of that company's previous films were produced in 1.85:1.
  • The film pays a tribute of the late singer Michael Jackson; the villain Balthazar Bratt acts quite similar to him in the dance.
  • Nev Scharel replaces Elsie Fisher as the voice of Agnes, due to Fisher going through puberty and getting too old for the role. 
  • In a screen of the headquarters of Anti-Villain League, there is a coordinate jumping around 34°18'N 86°40'W, which is located in north Alabama.
  • Inside the Shaka Hut where the minions are, there is a lantern with a simplified Chinese character "龙" (dragon) hanging below the roof.
  • In the first trailer, the first song is Xzibit's song What it is. While the Grumobile smashes the nearby provocative car, the lyrics also stops instantly at "Step back,..."
  • This is the first film in the Despicable Me series not to be released in July.
  • This is the first film to have the Illumination Entertainment logo simply read "Illumination".
  • Despicable Me 3 is the second Illumination Entertainment film to be rated PG for action and rude humor by the MPAA, after Minions.
  • This is the second Illumination Entertainment film to star both Steve Coogan and Jenny Slate, the first was The Secret Life of Pets.
  • The two clownfish at the beginning may be a reference to Marlin and Nemo from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory.
  • Although it is unclear how long the film takes place after Despicable Me 2, it can be reasoned that very little time has passed between the two movies. There are several pieces of evidence that support this claim such as the fact that the girls surprised Gru and Lucy with a Hawaiian luau style party for their "honeymoon". Additionally, Lucy's personal conflict within the film was discovering herself as a new mother to the girls, suggesting that a very small amount of time passed between the end of the second film and the beginning of the third film.
  • This film marks Trey Parker's first role in a family film.

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