Despicable Me 4 director Chris Renaud explains why Gru's kids haven't aged

Chris Renaud has helmed by Despicable Me 4 along with Patrick Delage, from a script penned by Mike White and Ken Daurio
Despicable Me 4 director Chris Renaud explains why Gru's kids haven't aged

With less than a week to go for Despicable Me 4 to release in theatres, audience are eagerly awaiting the return of Gru and his kids and a whole new adventure that they are going to take. This time, Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina, and the family is forced to go on the run.

Even as the trailer received much acclaim, one particular question that lingered in people's minds was how Gru's kids didn't age for the entirity of the franchise.

Speaking about this to Deadline, Renaud, who is returning to the director's chair after the second instalment, explained the lack of characters aging in Despicable Me 4 was done on purpose. The director compared the decision to keep characters the same age to The Simpsons, explaining that, while there's potential for other stories by aging up the characters, it hasn't impacted general audience perception of the film.

"It’s funny, it comes up a lot. I don’t think the audience cares," he said. "First off, to your point, we could do a story about Margo being 18 and going to college… but we’ve taken a The Simpsons approach that nobody ages. They’re frozen in time. I’ve seen the film with an audience quite a few times and I don’t feel people are coming out and seeing it as an issue, asking, 'Why didn’t Margo grow up?'"

He also spoke about the box office expectations about the film, especially after the rousing success of Inside Out 2. “Obviously I’m hopeful it does well. I think anything like that is good news for everybody,” commented Renaud, speaking prior to the release of Inside Out 2. “I also have nothing but sincere hopes for success for Inside Out 2, and I hope that they feel the same for us, I’m sure they do.”

While Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove and Kristen Wiig will be reprising their voice roles as Gru, Miranda and Lucy respectively, new cast members include, Will Ferrell as Maxime Le Mal, Sofia Vergara as Valentina, and Joey King as Poppy. Additionally, Stephen Colbert, Chloe Fineman, and Chris Renaud have been cast in undisclosed roles. Pierre Coffin returns as the voice of the Minions and Steve Coogan returns as Silas Ramsbottom.

Despicable Me 1, which hit theatres in 2010, was about Gru adopting three girls, while the second film (2013) revolved around him finding his romantic partner, Lucy. In Despicable Me 3 (2017), Gru has a confrontation with his long-lost twin brother, Dru.

Chris Renaud has helmed by Despicable Me 4 along with Patrick Delage, from a script penned by Mike White and Ken Daurio.

The film will hit the big screens on July 4.

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