The Big Picture: Minions

It’s a surprise to no one that the loveable Minions from Despicable Me made the biggest family film of the summer, with the cunningly titled Minions. After stealing the show from Steve Carrell’s Gru in the two Despicable Me movies, the success of the spin-off was as inevitable as it was glorious.

The Minions are just the latest in a grand history of children’s characters with a limited grasp of the English language. Here are a few more of our favourites:

The Clangers

A classic of this genre, TV in the 70s was dominated by the whistling aliens who peacefully lived alongside The Soup Dragon – as you can tell, it was a simpler time.



Remember when Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po were the planet’s biggest cultural stars? What an odd year that was; unfortunately they wished us a Tubby-byebye and left Noo-noo to clean up the remains of their Tubby toast.


In the Night Garden

The esteemed writer of this page doesn’t have children, nor young enough siblings to know who Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka are, but suffice to say they’re very important and influential in the lives of children, without ever saying a word.


Bill and Ben

Flob-a-dob-flobdobber-flobber-flobdop flob.




As with any cultural phenomenon, Minions can form the basis of a perfect* session plan, and because we’re so generous, here are some suggested topics to get you started:

Are you a minion?

Gru will you follow?

How many bananas are too many?

Gru and Dr Nefario: true friendship.

Should you steal the moon?


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