Gru and Minions urge handwashing and fun at home in new coronavirus public service announcement

UNTV News   •   May 28, 2020   •   245

Gru and the popular yellow Minions from the animated “Despicable Me” movie franchise are urging people to keep their distance to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus in a new public service announcement unveiled on Wednesday.

Illumination, the animation studio behind “Despicable Me,” developed the PSA with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation.

The PSA is voiced by actor Steve Carell as Gru and will be translated into multiple languages including Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic, among others.

In the minute-long PSA, Gru urges people to wash their hands regularly and keep physical distance, find fun things to do at home such as dancing and cooking a new dish, and to be kind to others. (Reuters)

(Production: Jane Ross)

Nintendo to produce Super Mario animation film with Illumination

admin   •   February 2, 2018

Nintendo’s game character Super Mario is seen on a screen at the presentation ceremony of Nintendo’s new game console Switch in Tokyo, Japan last January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese video games maker Nintendo Co Ltd said on Thursday it would team with U.S. film studio Illumination Entertainment to produce an animation film using its Super Mario Bros characters.

The film would be distributed by Universal Pictures, President Tatsumi Kimishima said at a meeting with analysts on son Thursday. The launch date has not been decided.

It is part of Nintendo’s efforts to diversify revenue sources as the firm’s earnings are heavily reliant on the gaming console business.

On Wednesday, the company reported its biggest third-quarter operating profit in eight years, driven by smashing demand for its new Switch games console, and said it expected annual earnings to outstrip its previous estimate.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Himani Sarkar

 

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