Illumination (company)

American animation film production company

Illumination (formerly known as Illumination Entertainment) is an American movie and animation studio. It is founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007 and is owned by Universal Pictures,[4][5][6] a division of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is a division of Comcast. The Minions are Illumination's mascots.

Illumination
FormerlyIllumination Entertainment
Company typeDivision
IndustryAnimation
Motion pictures
Founded2007; 17 years ago (2007)
FounderChris Meledandri
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
Chris Meledandri (CEO)[1]
Peter Schube (COO)[2]
ProductsAnimated films
OwnerNBCUniversal
(Comcast)
Number of employees
100 (2016)[3]
ParentUniversal Pictures
SubsidiariesIllumination Mac Guff
WebsiteOfficial website

Feature movies change

Released movies change

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service Released by Notes
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Universal Pictures Mac Guff Theatrical First Illumination in 3D.
2 Hop April 1, 2011 Universal Pictures

Relativity Media

Rhythm and Hues

Mac Guff (Illumination opening logo variant only)

First-Latest Illlumination’s Live-Action.
3 The Lorax March 2, 2012 Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Illumination Mac Guff Second Illumination in 3D.

First Illumination in IMAX.

First Illumination’s Musical.

4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Universal Pictures Third Illumination in 3D.
5 Minions July 10, 2015 Fourth Illumination in 3D.

Second Illumination in IMAX.

6 The Secret Life Of Pets July 8, 2016 Fifth Illumination in 3D.

Third Illumination in IMAX.

7 Sing December 21, 2016 Sixth Illumination in 3D.

Second Illumination’s Musical.

8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Seventh Illumination in 3D.

Fourth Illumination in IMAX.

9 The Grinch November 9, 2018 Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Eighth Illumination in 3D.

Fifth Illumination in IMAX.

Third Illumination’s Musical.

10 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Universal Pictures Ninth Illumination in 3D.
11 Sing 2 December 22, 2021 Illumination Studios Paris Tenth Illumination in 3D.

Fourth Illumination’s Musical.

12 Minions: The Rise Of Gru July 1, 2022 Eleventh Illumimation in 3D.

Sixth Illumination in IMAX.

13 The Super Mario Bros. Movie April 5, 2023 Universal Pictures

Nintendo

Twelveth Illumination in 3D.

Seventh Illumination in IMAX.

14 Migration December 22, 2023 Universal Pictures Thirteenth Illumination in 3D.

Upcoming change

# Title Release date Distributor/Co-production with Animation service
15 Despicable Me 4 July 3, 2024 Universal Pictures Illumination Studios Paris
16 Ralph July 2, 2025
17 Untitled films July 1, 2026
18 July 2, 2027

In development change

Title Notes
Big Tree
The Secret Life Of Pets 3
Sing 3

Short movies change

Released shorts change

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service Release with Notes
1 Home Makeover December 14, 2010 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Mac Guff Despicable Me Home media release
2 Orientation Day
3 Banana
4 Brad & Gary July 1, 2011 Universal Pictures Illumination Mac Guff N/A Theatrical release
5 Phil's Dance Party March 23, 2012 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Rhythm and Hues Hop Home media release
6 Wagon Ho! August 7, 2012 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Illumination Mac Guff The Lorax
7 Forces of Nature
8 Serenade
9 Puppy December 10, 2013 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Despicable Me 2
10 Panic In The Mailroom
11 Training Wheels
12 Cro Minion December 8, 2015 Minions
13 Competition
14 Binky Nelson Unpacified
15 Mower Minions July 8, 2016 Universal Pictures The Secret Life Of Pets Theatrical release
16 Norman Television December 6, 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
17 Weenie
18 Gunter Babysits March 21, 2017 Sing
19 Love at First Sight
20 Eddie's Life Coach
21 The Secret Life Of Kyle December 5, 2017 Despicable Me 3
22 Yellow Is The New Black November 9, 2018 Universal Pictures The Grinch Theatrical release
23 The Dog Days of Winter November 23, 2018 NBCUniversal

Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Television release
24 Santa's Little Helpers February 5, 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
25 Minion Scouts June 7, 2019 Universal Pictures The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Theatrical release
26 Super Gidget August 27, 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
27 Minions & Monsters June 11, 2021 NBCUniversal Minions: The Rise of Gru Television release
28 For Gunter's Eyes Only March 29, 2022 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Illumination Studios Paris Sing 2 Home media release
29 Animal Attraction
30 Post Modern Minions September 6, 2022 Minions: The Rise Of Gru
31 Peneglai September 16, 2022 Universal Pictures One and All Animation Studio N/A Limited Theatrical Release
32 Mooned December 22, 2023 Universal Pictures Illumination Studios Paris Migration Theatrical release
33 Fly Hard February 27, 2024 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Home media release
34 Midnight Mission

Television specials change

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service Network
1 Minions Holiday Special November 27, 2020 NBCUniversal Illumination Mac Guff NBC
2 Minions & More 1 September 20, 2022 Illumination Studios Paris Netflix
3 Minions & More 2 November 8, 2022

Miscellaneous work change

# Title Release date Notes
1 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem July 2, 2012 Theme Park Ride
2 The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! April 16, 2021

Other medias change

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service Release with
1 Minion Moments: Drenched December 5, 2017 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Alfred Imageworks Despicable Me 3
2 Minion Moments: Overkill Method Studios

Movie franchises change

Title Release date
Despicable Me 2010-present
Dr. Seuss 2012-2018
The Secret Life Of Pets 2016-present
Sing 2016-present

Video Games change

Title Year Platform Publisher Developer
Depicable Me: The Game 2010 Nintendo Wii

Nintendo DS PlayStation 2 PlayStation Portable

D3 Publisher Monkey Bar Games
Hop 2011 Nintendo DS 505 Games
Minion Rush 2013 iOS

Google Play

Gameloft
Minions Paradise 2015 Electronic Arts

References change

  1. Gaita, Paul (December 5, 2017). "Illumination's Chris Meledandri Melds Together Cinematic Art and Cutting-Edge Technology". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  2. McNary, Dave (February 23, 2017). "Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  5. Kilday, Gregg (December 9, 2016). "Illumination's Chris Meledandri Talks Success Secrets, Rumors He'll Head DreamWorks". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. "Why Illumination Entertainment Is One Of The Most Innovative Companies Of 2017". Fast Company. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.