No one tells the Gentle Minions, but in the global animated blockbuster, Minions: The Rise of Grureportedly received a new ending in China courtesy of local censors.
According The New York Timesthe hit sequel — which premiered in Chinese theaters on August 19 — has an epilogue that changes the fates of two of the film’s main characters: the always lovable loathsome Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his mentor, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin ).
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His plot Despicable Me The prequel finds a young Gru getting a chance to audition for the supervillain team founded by the supposedly dead Knuckles, the Vicious 6. But it turns out that Knuckles is still very much alive and kidnaps the 11-year-old villain-in-training. Against the odds, they begin to bond and work together to fight the Vicious 6. The film ends at Knuckles’ funeral, only to reveal that he once again faked his death, allowing him to continue guiding Gru to the next Minions film.
At least that’s the ending the rest of the world saw. Immediately after The Rise of GruChina’s Weibo, one of the country’s biggest social media platforms, has been flooded with posts describing an altered finale apparently approved by Chinese censors. In this version, Knuckles is arrested and sentenced to two decades in prison. Meanwhile, Gru is described as “one of the good guys” and the epilogue goes on to show him as an adult with his three adopted daughters from Despicable Me series.
The Minions case is the latest example of Chinese censors rewriting major Hollywood films. Earlier this year, it was revealed that a stream of David Fincher’s 1999 cult classic, Fight club, featured a tacked-on title card that described the police arresting Edward Norton’s unwitting terrorist before he could carry out his alter ego’s grand plan to destroy credit card company buildings. (The original ending was later reinstated after an international backlash.) Other films affected by local censorship include Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain and Bohemian Rhapsody.
As in Fight club case, many Chinese viewers are expressing their disappointment The Rise of GruThe new ending where the “despicable” main characters are punished. Reuters reports that a popular film critic on Weibo complained to his 14.4 million followers: “Only we need special guidance and care, for fear that an animation will ‘corrupt’ us.” Meanwhile, a university student said The New York Times that although she didn’t see the need for the revised ending, she was glad she lived The Rise of Gru not at all.
“A lot of movies that I was looking forward to seeing couldn’t be released,” he noted. “Personally, I think adding these ‘special endings’ is still acceptable, albeit minimally.”
Minions: The Rise of Gru is currently playing in theaters