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Every Illumination Movie Ranked From Worst To Best
By DOUGLAS LAMAN
12. Hop
As the only live-action-animated hybrid in Illumination’s filmography, “Hop’s” CG rabbit characters look out of place against the dull Los Angeles backdrop. Colorless visuals aside, the talents of actors like James Marsden are wasted in this unsatisfactory attempt to recreate the success of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” — even using its director, Tim Hill.
11. The Lorax
The only good thing about this movie is having Danny Devito voice the furry, orange lead. The movie tries to forcefully stretch Dr. Seuss’ story into a full-length movie with uninteresting musical numbers, a boring villain that sells bottled air, and a miscast in having an adult, deep-voiced Zac Efron play the teenage character of Ted.
10. Minions
Gru’s henchmen should’ve been left as the standout side characters in “Despicable Me” instead of making them the leads of this unfunny spin-off. The premise of three Minions working with the villain Scarlett Overkill is cliched, and while the story taking place in the 1960s could've opened up interesting animation possibilities, the visuals also fall short.
9. The Grinch
The biggest compliment for “The Grinch” is that it’s better than Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but that’s not saying very much. The movie is a bit lifeless from its content to Benedict Cumberbatch's voice acting that doesn’t quite capture the titular character’s wickedness.
8. Despicable Me 3
The biggest problem with “Despicable Me 3” is that it feels like a bunch of small stories that have been pieced together into an incohesive feature film. The introduction of Gru’s brother Dru doesn’t offer many laughs, and the movie as a whole just proves that the world of “Despicable Me” probably should’ve been limited to one movie.