Illumination (company)

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Illumination
Formerly
Illumination Entertainment
Division
IndustryAnimation
Motion pictures
Founded2007; 15 years ago (2007)
FounderChris Meledandri
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
Chris Meledandri (CEO)[1]
Peter Schube (COO)[2]
ProductsAnimated films
OwnerNBCUniversal
(Comcast)
Number of employees
100 (2016)[3]
ParentUniversal Pictures
SubsidiariesIllumination Mac Guff
WebsiteOfficial website

Illumination (formerly known as Illumination Entertainment) is an American movie and animation studio founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and owned by Universal Pictures,[4][5][6] a division of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is a division of Comcast.

Feature films[change | change source]

Released films[change | change source]

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Universal Pictures Mac Guff
2 Hop April 1, 2011 Universal Pictures

Relativity Media

Rhythm and Hues

Mac Guff (Illumination opening logo variant only)

3 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Illumination Mac Guff
4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Universal Pictures
5 Minions July 10, 2015
6 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016
7 Sing December 21, 2016
8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
9 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 9, 2018 Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Universal Pictures
11 Sing 2 December 22, 2021 Illumination Studios Paris
12 Minions: The Rise of Gru July 1, 2022

Upcoming films[change | change source]

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service
13 The Super Mario Bros. Movie April 7, 2023 Universal Pictures

Nintendo

Illumination Studios Paris
14 Migration December 22, 2023 Universal Pictures
15 Despicable Me 4 July 3, 2024
16 The Secret Life of Pets 3 July 2, 2025
17 Sing 3 December 19, 2025
18 Minions 3 July 3, 2026
19 Despicable Me 5 June 30, 2028
20 The Secret Life of Pets 4 July 4, 2029
21 Minions 4 July 3, 2030
22 Sing 4 December 20, 2030
23 Despicable Me 6 July 2, 2032

Films in development[change | change source]

Title
Big Tree
Untitled Pharrell Williams film

Short films[change | change source]

Released shorts[change | change source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service Release with Notes
1 Home Makeover December 14, 2010 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Mac Guff Despicable Me Home media release
2 Orientation Day
3 Banana
4 Brad & Gary July 1, 2011 Universal Pictures Illumination Mac Guff N/A Theatrical release
5 Phil's Dance Party March 23, 2012 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Rhythm and Hues Hop Home media release
6 Wagon Ho! August 7, 2012 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Illumination Mac Guff Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
7 Forces of Nature
8 Serenade
9 Puppy December 10, 2013 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Despicable Me 2
10 Panic in the Mailroom
11 Training Wheels
12 Cro Minion December 8, 2015 Minions
13 Competition
14 Binky Nelson Unpacified
15 Mower Minions July 8, 2016 Universal Pictures The Secret Life of Pets Theatrical release
16 Norman Television December 6, 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
17 Weenie
18 Gunter Babysits March 21, 2017 Sing
19 Love at First Sight
20 Eddie's Life Coach
21 The Secret Life of Kyle December 5, 2017 Despicable Me 3
22 Yellow is the New Black November 9, 2018 Universal Pictures Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Theatrical release
23 The Dog Days of Winter November 23, 2018 NBCUniversal

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

N/A Television release
24 Santa's Little Helpers February 5, 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Home media release
25 Minion Scouts June 7, 2019 Universal Pictures The Secret Life of Pets 2 Theatrical release
26 Super Gidget August 27, 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
27 Minions & Monsters June 11, 2021 NBCUniversal N/A Television release
28 For Gunter's Eyes Only March 29, 2022 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Illumination Studios Paris Sing 2 Home media release
29 Animal Attraction
30 Post Modern Minions September 6, 2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru
31 Show Minions December 21, 2022 Universal Pictures Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Theatrical release
32 Space Minions June 23, 2023 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment The Super Mario Bros. Movie Home media release
33 Winter Minions November 17, 2023 Universal Pictures Trolls Band Together Theatrical release
34 Christmas Minions December 22, 2023 Migration

Television specials[change | change source]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service Network
1 Minions Holiday Special November 27, 2020 NBCUniversal Illumination Mac Guff NBC
2 Minions & More 1 September 20, 2022 Illumination Studios Paris Netflix
3 Minions & More 2 November 8, 2022
4 Minions & More 3 July 4, 2023
5 Minions & More 4 December 30, 2024
6 Minions & More 5 June 30, 2026
7 Minions & More 6 September 5, 2028
8 Minions & More 7 July 2, 2030
9 Minions & More 8 December 7, 2032
10 Minions & More 9 July 4, 2034
11 Minions & More 10 November 11, 2036

Miscellaneous work[change | change source]

# Title Release date Notes
1 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem July 2, 2012 Theme park ride
2 The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! April 16, 2021
3 Sing: Rock & Roll September 22, 2023
4 Minions: Vicious 6 September 20, 2024

Film franchises[change | change source]

Title Release date
Despicable Me 2010-present
The Secret Life of Pets 2016-present
Sing 2016-present
Minions 2015-present

Video Games[change | change source]

Title Year Platform Publisher Developer
Despicable Me: The Game 2010 Nintendo Wii

Nintendo DS PlayStation 2 PlayStation Portable

D3 Publisher Monkey Bar Games
Minion Rush 2013 iOS

Google Play

Gameloft

References[change | change source]

  1. Gaita, Paul (December 5, 2017). "Illumination's Chris Meledandri Melds Together Cinematic Art and Cutting-Edge Technology". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  2. McNary, Dave (February 23, 2017). "Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  3. Richford, Rhonda (December 9, 2016). "An Inside Look at Illumination's 24/7 Operation, From L.A. to Paris". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  4. Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  5. Kilday, Gregg (December 9, 2016). "Illumination's Chris Meledandri Talks Success Secrets, Rumors He'll Head DreamWorks". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. "Why Illumination Entertainment Is One Of The Most Innovative Companies Of 2017". Fast Company. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.