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Illumination Studios Paris

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Illumination Studios Paris
FormerlyIllumination Mac Guff (2011–2021)
CGI animation
PredecessorMac Guff (animation studio)
Founded2011; 11 years ago (2011)
FounderJacques Bled[1]
Key people
Janet Healy
Jacques Bled
Number of employees
850 (2016)[1]
(Universal Pictures)

Illumination Studios Paris (formerly known as Illumination Mac Guff) is a French animated feature production company owned by Illumination, a division of Universal Pictures. 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 the animation on Illumination's feature-length animated films and associated short films, most notably the Despicable Me franchise.


Mac Guff era (2011–2021)

Following their work with Illumination on Despicable Me (2010) and its associated short films, Universal purchased the animation arm of Mac Guff, aptly renaming it Illumination Mac Guff. The first film produced by the new studio was The Lorax (2012). All subsequent films by Illumination have had most of their animation work outsourced to the studio, as it benefits from French subsidies.

Studios Paris era (2021–present)

Illumination Studios Paris as credited in Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)
Illumination Studios Paris as credited in Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

With the release of Sing 2 in December 2021, the studio was renamed to Illumination Studios Paris.


Feature films


Title Release date Directors Composer(s) Budget Gross
The Lorax March 2, 2012 Chris Renaud
Kyle Balda
John Powell $70 million $348.8 million
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Chris Renaud
Pierre Coffin
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
$76 million $970.8 million
Minions July 10, 2015 Pierre Coffin
Kyle Balda
Heitor Pereira $74 million $1.159 billion
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Chris Renaud
Yarrow Cheney
Alexandre Desplat $75 million $875.5 million
Sing December 21, 2016 Garth Jennings
Christophe Lourdelet
Joby Talbot $634.2 million
Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Pierre Coffin
Kyle Balda
Eric Guillon
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
$80 million $1.035 billion
The Grinch November 9, 2018 Scott Mosier
Yarrow Cheney
Danny Elfman $75 million $511.8 million
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Chris Renaud
Jonathan del Val
Alexandre Desplat $80 million $430.1 million
Sing 2 December 22, 2021 Garth Jennings
Christophe Lourdelet
Joby Talbot $85 million $407.5 million
Minions: The Rise of Gru July 1, 2022 Kyle Balda
Brad Ableson
Jonathan del Val
Heitor Pereira $80 million $937.8 million


Title Release date Ref(s) Director(s) Composer(s)
The Super Mario Bros. Movie April 7, 2023 [3] Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Brian Tyler
Koji Kondo
Migration December 22, 2023 [4][5] Benjamin Renner TBA
Despicable Me 4 July 3, 2024 Chris Renaud
Patrick Delage

Short films

# Title Release date Release with Note
1 Brad & Gary[6][7][8] July 1, 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
21 Super Gidget August 27, 2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2
22 Minion Scouts
23 Minions & Monsters June 11, 2021 Television release
24 For Gunter's Eyes Only March 29, 2022 Sing 2 Home video release
25 Animal Attraction
26 Post Modern Minions September 6, 2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru

Television specials

# Title Release date Network
1 Minions Holiday Special November 27, 2020 NBC

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. ^ Mateo, Alex (May 6, 2021). "Nintendo Appoints Illumination Founder/CEO Chris Meledandri as Outside Director". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on September 27, 2021. Retrieved September 27, 2021. The report also noted at the time that Illumination Entertainment's Mac Guff studio in Paris would animate the film, and that it was in the early stages of development.
  4. ^ Grobar, Matt (February 18, 2022). "Illumination & Universal Set Dates For Animated Films 'Migration' And 'Despicable Me 4'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Grobar, Matt (June 28, 2022). "Universal Pushes Release Date for Illumination Comedy 'Migration'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "Brad & Gary". Seattle International Film Festival. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Brad & Gary". IMDb. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  8. ^ King, Susan (February 2, 2013). "40th Annie Award nominees and winners list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2013.

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