In the latest rendition of "hard-to-believe stories of the week," a giant Minion was on the loose in Ireland. Seriously. A large, inflatable Minion, one of the beloved characters from the Despicable Me franchise, broke free from its restraints and went on the road in Dublin, causing a traffic jam. In his defense, he was probably just trying to help, knowing how things typically go when Minions try to lend a hand.
The Telegraph reports that a 40-foot-tall inflatable Minion was erected in Santry to liven up a fair. However, strong winds blew the Minion over and into the streets at around 3 p.m. Its tumble caused a 15-minute traffic jam, which was quite a sight. SomeECards tweeted a photo of the Minion in action, originally snapped by Erin Van Londen and posted on Facebook. As she told The Journal.ie, "it’s been very windy in the area."
The Today Show tweeted a similar image, showing a close-up of the culprit. Fans of the franchise will recognize this guy as Kevin, a member of the lead trio in the Minions spin-off movie.
Thankfully, no one was injured and the Minion was soon deflated and carted away in a wheelbarrow. A fitting end for such shenanigans.
Ever since debuting in 2010’s Despicable Me, the Minions have become popular characters among children and the family friendly crowds. These living Twinkies have served the world’s greatest villains over the centuries, including the T. Rex, Dracula, Napoleon, and a tyrannical pharaoh. In the Minions movie, which was released on July 10 of this year, we saw them encounter Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) at a villain convention. The movie marked another success for the franchise and acted as a prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, both of which feature Gru (Steve Carell) as the Minions’ master.
The Minions will return once again on June 30, 2017 when Despicable Me 3 hits theaters.