Illumination’s Chris Meledandri shows up on the Universal panel at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS event to talk about the formula for success that has made his Despicable Me 2 not only the year’s top animated grosser not too far under a billion dollars worldwide at the box office but also the most successful film in the studio’s history. Universal is doing a big push to see that it also gets Oscar recognition, something that eluded the original film. Not only are they hoping for an Animated Feature mention but also Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” is in contention. As for future sequels Meledandri shares the current plan.
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