Chinese audiences of the Despicable Me prequel Minions: The Rise of Gru were surprised after the ending was revised to turn the Illumination series’ main villain Gru from bad to good dude.
The Chinese version of the animated film has a series of end-credits scenes, in which various subtitles say that Gru “has ended up being one of the good guys who are “dedicated to making a living”.
In America, audiences will find out how Gru deceived the police and learned to defeat his foes to become the ultimate villain.
Since Minions takes place before the Despicable Me series, Gru shouldn’t be the main character.
Other end-credits scenes include the police arrest of Gru’s mentor, Wild Knuckles.
In the Chinese adaptation, however, instead of being fooled, the police arrested Knuckles, who was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime. While in prison, Knuckles discovered a new passion for singing and dancing.
Chinese viewers took to Weibo (the country’s version of Twitter) to express their disappointment at the change in the ending, According to the Daily Mail.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” is China’s highest-grossing animated opening since the outbreak began. deadline report.
This isn’t the first time China has changed the ending of a movie for government censorship.
Last year, the country drew attention for editing the ending of 1999’s Fight Club. Instead of stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton successfully executing a “plan of chaos” and bombing Los Angeles, the conclusion was replaced with a paragraph that suggested authorities saved the day.
Earlier this year, Spider-Man: Nowhere and its parent company Sony were asked by the Chinese government to remove the Statue of Liberty from the film’s ending. Sony declined the request.
This isn’t the first time Minions: The Rise of Gru has weathered controversy. When the film premiered in theaters in June, the “Gentleminions” trend took TikTok by storm, featuring teens in suits and holding bananas — a favorite of the minions Food – in theaters. Cinemas, however, say the trend has done a lot of damage, blaming teens for creating chaos in films by making noise and throwing things.