It is a bold move to make a super villain the lead character in a film, especially an animated children’s film. But this is exactly what “Despicable Me” does. This choice plays into the notion that audiences are more fascinated with the villain in a film than they are the actual superhero.

“Despicable Me” is the first but will not even be the last animated film this year to place a super villain in the lead. Later this year Will Ferrell will voice headline another evil-doer story, “Megamind.” But to call these characters really is a farce when you get down to it.

In “Despicable Me” Steve Carrell voices Gru who has the physicality of a James Bond villain from the Sean Connery era but seems to be as threatening as a kitten when it comes to personality. To further humanize Gru three orphan girls are placed in his care as part of an evil scheme. The interaction between Gru Margot, Edith and Agnes achieves this in terms of character and is also satisfying in terms of entertainment.

That being said, however, Gru’s minions are what every kid, and even most of the parents, will be talking about after they see this film. I would say that they are what everyone will be quoting but they speak their own sped up minion language that is difficult to understand, let alone translate.

But you do not have to understand the minions to get the full effect. Think three stooges, only there are hundreds of them, they’re the size of a two year old and are the color of yellow plastic kitchen gloves.

Probably 95 percent of the film’s humor comes from the minions as the rest of the story lacks anything else worthy of quoting. Gru’s rival Vector, voiced by Jason Segel, occasionally draws laughs but not as much as an important character like that should. The bland comic nature of the film really does not matter because the minions truly are funny enough to carry the movie.

Turning “Despicable Me’ into a franchise may be difficult, because of a lackluster story to start off with, but studios have turned much worse into long-running franchises before.

After seeing this film in 3D I had to go back and view the trailers again. Was it the really the same film?  The color, vibrancy and freshness appear to have been sucked out of the 3D film. This is unfortunate because the trailers led me to believe that the film would provide a lively story world.

And the 3D only really comes into play during one scene where Gru and the girls visit an amusement park. Other than that it is an excuse for the filmmakers to think up different spear-like objects that they can have stick out at the audience.

But does the 3D add to the story, make the minions funnier or the interaction between Gru and the girls more heart-warming? No. In the end those things come down to good screenwriting and effective animation.