Despicable Me 2 Director Used Indonesian Language in Movie

Pierre Coffin and Despicable Me minions.

From Kompas:

Indonesian Language Spoken By Minions in Despicable Me 2 Movie

During the release of animated film Despicable Me 2, there was an interesting rumor that attracted the attention of audiences all across the country. Its movie director named Pierre Coffin is apparently the son of NH Dini, a famous Indonesian novelist.

pierre coffin and minions

Not only that, Pierre Coffin also incorporated the Indonesian language into the language used by the minions, which are some of the main characters of the film. This info was revealed during Coffin’s interview, reported by VOA Indonesia.

minions in paradise

‘In my opinion, the Indonesian language is a very beautiful language which sounds like music. When I voiced the minions in the movie Despicable Me, I utilized a variety of languages in its most interesting ways. Maybe you even heard the word ‘Terima Kasih’ [Thank You] being used,’ he said.

Minions in Despicable Me 2 Premiere in Australia

According to him, the Minion language is based on a mixture of various languages that he like such as Spanish, Italian, English, Bahasa Indonesia and Greek. However, the words are less obvious since the emphasis is more on the sonority or resonant voice.

steve carrell as gru in ellen show

Despicable Me 2 is the sequel of the successful animated film Despicable Me back in 2010. This film tells the story of Gru and the yellow minion capsule-shaped creatures who work for him. Gru is a former heavyweight criminal who stole the moon but has since repented to become a good person. His heart was captivated by three orphaned kids named Agnes, Edith, and Margo.

Despicable Me 2 Characters

This film successfully injects more emotion through Gru’s three girls and the dynamics of their father-daughter relationship. In addition, technological advancements in animation allow the creation of Agnes’ big eyes and various minion characters which are shaped like capsules. Strange forms, adorable and very humane. Maybe those characteristics are what enabled this film to be successful in captivating audiences’ laughter.

The Minions Singing Banana Song from YouTube:

Comments from Kaskus (1 and 2):

Rioyoyoi:

I’ll watch the movie only after I can download its Blu-Ray version for free. Haha…

Michzz91:

It’s not that clear what the Minions are saying but it’s very cool indeed if the Indonesian language is incorporated into it! haha…

Cjr40:

I already knew it as soon as I heard the Minions said “terimakasih” [“thank you”]… I called it first!

Ganganganteng:

The minions are so adorable!

Dwimitrafjb:

The Minions are trending everywhere these days. =)

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Daines:

Underwear… Tikka Masalaaa!! LOL..

Mbia:

Irrelevant! Why should I care since the director obviously didn’t go to school and grow up in Indonesia!

Opik074:

His mom is indeed an Indonesian but I don’t think the director will admit that he’s Indonesian too. =(

Ryutaroos:

Regardless of whether he’s the son of NH Dini, there’s nothing to be proud of since the director is not even an Indonesian citizen!

Initial-L:

I also heard another Indonesian sentence such as “Boleh saya masokk? Masook? [“May I get in? Get in?”]

Killthenoise:

The minions are so crazily cute!

Ken Jeong with Minions

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  • Marcus Muller

    “Irrelevant! Why should I care since the director obviously didn’t go to school and grow up in Indonesia!”

    “His mom is indeed an Indonesian but I don’t think the director will admit that he’s Indonesian too. =(”

    “Regardless of whether he’s the son of NH Dini, there’s nothing to be proud of since the director is not even an Indonesian citizen!”

    I don’t understand why some countries more than others RAVEL in the fact that someone is from their country, or someone is involving their culture. You NEVER see English people go “OMG Germany/France/China/Japan is using ENGLISH OMG SO COOL! I’M SO PROUD!”. I seriously wonder why this is. Is it a nation wide Napoleon complex? Not trolling, genuinely curious why it is that some people are so damn proud of literally nothing.

    • Yres21

      I think it’s because Indonesian are not that popular unlike English language, so that’s why every time others mention it, especially in cool movie like this Despicable Me, Indonesian are so damn proud that finally, they’re recognized worldwide… So pathetic indeed!

      • Marcus Muller

        Yeah I think so too. I’m not taking a shit on Indonesians, I just think being proud of one’s race/culture/nationality is extremely stupid. All those things you HAPPEN to be born into and have no say in the matter, being proud of something YOU created/did is fine.

        • Ami

          Honestly I see why the Indonesians are proud about BI being used in a big blockbuster film; but, its not really something to be raving about seeing how several other languages were used as well.

          Anyway: I think some amount of pride in your heritage is okay, maybe even beneficial. Its when you start to think that trivial things like race or nationality make you better than others that it becomes a problem. No one chose to be born, we just were.

      • YourSupremeCommander

        If a few random words in a single random movie can get the whole nation this excited… Yep, it must be a pretty boring place.

        • Niq

          pretty boring place? come over to our side of the world and i’ll double what you paid for your whole trip if you don’t have the time of your life. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of one’s culture. You Americans / Europeans are actually very proud people, you just refuse to believe it. I mean c’mon, which American doesn’t believe that they are ‘the greatest nation on earth’ ? And the reason we get excited about it because we want to be recognized and we want people to know and learn about our culture. You Westerners will never get it I guess, as your culture is recognized internationally while our culture’s recognition is very limited internationally just because we weren’t the ones to conquer the world all those hundreds of years ago, which is unfortunate considering how much we have to offer

          • YourSupremeCommander

            I said that not in an attempt to disrespect, my next door neighbors are from Indo. Just relax brother… or sister.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            “I mean c’mon, which American doesn’t believe that they are ‘the greatest nation on earth’ ?”

            ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            There are literally tens of millions of Americans who believe America is one of the worst countries on the planet, or at least in the developed world.

    • Thatguywiththemoustache

      patriotism …. and their lack of something to be proud of…

      pathetic….but, you also need to know the demographic of the poster/commenter too….

    • http://imjinah.blogspot.com/ imjinah

      “Regardless of whether he’s the son of NH Dini, there’s nothing to be proud of since the director is not even an Indonesian citizen!”

      ^ This is clearly the other way around for retard Filipino ultranationalist. They will rather try their best to find any genetic, ancestral, historical, cultural connection a renowned or accomplished foreigner has and they will use it as a justification to make themselves feel good about being Filipino.

  • Amaterasu

    Such a narrow-minded people… I wonder if I should be proud of my own country or not… regardless nowadays there are more and more people like “them”………….. :(
    Sad and ironic…

  • Inem

    gw org indonesia dan gw bangga jd org indonesia. masalah gitu buat lo smua? bagus deh pak pierre inget asalnya dari mana.. itu yg kita banggain..bukan masalah bahasanya, nyet..!! indonesia kaya akan budaya..makanya tetangga sebelah suka claim budaya indonesia budaya dia.. itu lebih memalukan. i’m an indonesian, and i’m proud to be an indonesian.. we’re proud mr. pierre coffin remember where he’s come from although maybe he never live in indonesia or also not an indonesia citizen. indonesia is a very rich country you never imagine. whatever you say, i love my country and proud to be an indonesian.

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