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Remember When Steve Carell Used to Be Funny in Movies?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 15, 2009 |

Despite the fact that it’s not due for release until next July, there’s already a full-length trailer for the CGI-animated Despicable Me, which has an impressive list of voice talent behind it, including Steve Carell, Jason Segal, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews. The trailer, however, looks like ass. And the biggest problem is that Carell’s character is not only missing from the trailer, but so apparently is any any gist of the actual plot, which is about a guy who tries to steal the moon.

Here: Try to square the trailer below away with the official description of the movie. Have fun.

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

And now that you’ve suffered through that, allow me to make amends:

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