Illumination Mac Guff

Illumination Mac Guff is a French animated feature production company owned by Illumination, a division of Universal Pictures, which is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal which is a division of Comcast. Based in Paris, France, the company was created in 2011 as part of Universal's purchase deal of the animation arm of French animation and VFX company Mac Guff.[2] It is responsible for Illumination's feature-length animated films and associated short films, most notably the Despicable Me franchise.

Illumination Mac Guff
CGI animation
FounderJacques Bled[1]
Key people
Janet Healy
Jacques Bled
Number of employees
850 (2012)[1]
ParentIllumination (Universal Pictures)


Universal acquired the studio in 2011 starting with its first film to be produced there is The Lorax.


Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Directors Composers Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Kyle Balda
John Powell $70 million $348.8 million 54% 46
2 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Pierre Coffin
Chris Renaud
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
$76 million $970.8 million 74% 62
3 Minions July 10, 2015 Pierre Coffin
Kyle Balda
Heitor Pereira $74 million $1.159 billion 56% 56
4 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Yarrow Cheney
Alexandre Desplat $75 million $875.5 million 74% 61
5 Sing December 21, 2016 Garth Jennings
Co-Director: Christophe Lourdelet
Joby Talbot $632.2 million 72% 59
6 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Pierre Coffin
Kyle Balda
Co-Director: Eric Guillon
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
$80 million $1.034 billion 59% 49
7 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 9, 2018 Scott Mosier
Yarrow Cheney
Danny Elfman $75 million $511.3 million 58% 51
8 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Jonathan del Val
Alexandre Desplat $80 million $274.4 million 58% 55

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Ref(s) Directors Composers Current Production Status
9 Minions: The Rise of Gru July 3, 2020 [3][4][5] Kyle Balda
Brad Ableson
TBA Production
10 Sing 2 July 2, 2021 [3][6] Garth Jennings TBA Pre-Production

Short films

# Title Release date Release with Notes
1 Brad & Gary[7][8][9] 2011 Theatrical release
2 Wagon Ho! August 7, 2012 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Home video release
3 Forces of Nature
4 Serenade
5 Puppy December 10, 2013 Despicable Me 2
6 Panic in the Mailroom
7 Training Wheels
8 Cro Minion December 8, 2015 Minions
9 Competition
10 Binky Nelson Unpacified
11 Mower Minions July 8, 2016 The Secret Life of Pets Theatrical release
12 Norman Television December 6, 2016 Home video release
13 Weenie
14 Gunter Babysits March 21, 2017 Sing
15 Love at First Sight
16 Eddie's Life Coach
17 The Secret Life of Kyle December 5, 2017 Despicable Me 3
18 Yellow is the New Black November 9, 2018 The Grinch Theatrical release
19 The Dog Days of Winter November 23, 2018 Trolls Holiday Television release
20 Santa's Little Helpers February 5, 2019 The Grinch Home video release

Miscellaneous work


  1. ^ a b c d 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.
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (2011-12-12). "Universal benefit in Mac Guff accord". Variety. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b McNary, Dave (October 14, 2015). "Three Untitled Illumination Movies Get Dates Through 2020". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 25, 2017). "'Sing 2' Set for Christmas Day 2020 Release". Variety. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Patrick Hipes (21 May 2019). "'Minions' Sequel Gets A Gru-vy Title; Pic Bows In 2020". Deadline.
  6. ^ "Exhibitor Relations Co. on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Brad & Gary". Seattle International Film Festival. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Brad & Gary". IMDb. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  9. ^ King, Susan (February 2, 2013). "40th Annie Award nominees and winners list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2013.

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