Friday, July 6, 2012

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

At Universal Studios,
a new attraction, very yellow
but not very mellow.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
teams with busy little goggled
banana-hued workers,
bringing the two-dimensional world
of the film into the three-dimensional lives
of theme park guests.

It starts at the front door with Gru,
the curmudgeonly lead character,
and 33 minions.

The queue mixes Gru-like elements—
loudspeakers that look like bombs,
and a suit of armor,
wilted flowers spouting from its torso—
with minion recruitment posters,
and a recap of the film.

It’s the story of three orphaned sisters
who warm the heart of super-villain Gru
who minion-izes folks.

The girls take folks through minion training.
The ride includes a series of ups and downs,
bumps, and surprises.
The ride ends in a celebration;
folks dance with costumed-character minions
as a disco ball spins.

 One of the great things about being a parent (or grand-parent) of young children is you have an excuse to see the movies made for kids.  There are no young children in my life right now, so I don’t get to see these movies much anymore. Or, for that matter,  go to theme parks and ride the rides that little kids ride. 

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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