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‘Despicable Me 3’ trailer brings back the ’80s, introduces Trey Parker bad guy

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Th new trailer for the third "Despicable Me" movie, due out summer 2017. (Credit: Illumination)

The domination of the 1980s continues with a new trailer for “Despicable Me 3,” the latest entry in the animated franchise from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Steve Carell returns as the voice of Gru, the supervillain turned super-dad, while Kristen Wiig once again plays his chirpy wife, Lucy. But the big news is the addition of “South Park” creator Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt, a villain who employs ’80s popular culture — such an exploding Rubik’s Cube — to carry out his evil deeds.

“That’s not a monster,” says an agent at the Anti-Villain League as Bratt terrorizes a cruise ship to the strains of Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” “That’s a man — wearing shoulder pads!”

The trailer focuses almost entirely on Bratt, whose purple outfit may be a nod to Prince and whose mullet encapsulates a decade known for its many fashion crimes. One lengthy scene shows Gru getting into a dance-off with Bratt, whose white high-top sneakers and single dangling earring make him a formidable foe.

“Despicable Me 3” is further proof that the ’80s have yet to fully leave us. Television shows that launched in the era have become ripe for movie versions — the two “21 Jump Street” comedies were box-office winners, and “Baywatch” arrives in theaters next year — and the recent New Wave musical “Sing Street” was recently nominated for a Golden Globe. In just about every movie Adam Sandler makes (such as “Pixels,” his vintage arcade-game action-comedy from last year), it seems we’re still fascinated by the decade of Duran Duran and parachute pants.

“Despicable Me 3” arrives in theaters June 30.


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