Mower Minions (2016)
Mower Minions (2016)

Genre: Comedy and Short Running Time: 5 min.

Release Date: July 8th, 2016 MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Director: Glenn McCoy Actors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

 


 

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hile watching a commercial for Barb’s Blenders, that iconic, lovable group of mischievous Minions decides that they absolutely must have one. Dynamiting their piggy bank reveals a striking shortage of funds, which leads them to hijack a trailer of gardening tools and approach the Fuzzy Memories Retirement Home for a quick gig. Thanks to indifference and a lucky hearing aid circumstance, the Minions are hired (for $19.95) to clean up the landscaping. But from blowing up the barbecue grill to staring down a garden gnome to all manner of lawnmower/leaf blower mishaps, the yellowish gang can’t seem to do anything quite right.

Despite employing their signature gibberish and hazardous slapstick, the Minions don’t really engage in fresh activities for this very brief episode. None of their destructive behaviors or the responses from the old folks on the property are all that funny; it’s as if this was some sort of leftover or cut footage from one of the theatrical movies. These concepts just aren’t good enough to make it into a feature film. But, in an attempt to capitalize on the growing, accepted tradition of Pixar’s projects, short animated comedies are beginning to open several studios’ main franchises. And, since this tiny adventure is attached to the front of “The Secret Life of Pets,” there are several items here that reappear in Illumination Entertainment’s A-picture – such as a goofily grinning gnome – which tie the two project together rather nicely.

– Mike Massie

  • 4/10