Kids love dressing up like their favorite movie characters, and the stars of "Despicable Me" are fun looks to recreate. The animated adventure flick, a summer release in 2010, features three orphaned girls, a criminal mastermind and his band of yellow Minions. Nickelodeon viewers awarded it the 2011 Kids' Choice trophy for Favorite Animated Movie.
Gru is the grumpy villain whose main goal is to steal the moon. Like most villains, he is decked out in mostly black clothing. Combine a pair of plain black jeans or sweat pants with a black collared jacket zippered up the front. Gru also wears a black and gray horizontally striped scarf wrapped around his neck with the ends hanging freely down the front. If you can't find a similar scarf, knit one quickly using bulky black and gray yarn, or paint stripes of black fabric paint on a length of gray jersey fabric. Gru is bald and has bushy eyebrows and dark shadows around his eyes. His main accessory is an elaborate black shrink ray gun. Any toy handgun with a futuristic shape -- optionally spray-painted black -- will work.
Gru adopts three schoolgirls and Agnes is the youngest. She is country girl cute in blue denim overalls cuffed between the knee and ankle. She wears a short sleeve T-shirt with horizontal stripes in yellow and brown. Complete the outfit with yellow ankle socks and white athletic shoes. Pull the hair together into a pony tail that sticks straight up out of the top of the head and secure it with a red elastic band. A memorable scene in the movie involves Agnes and her fluffy unicorn, so carry a stuffed unicorn as an easily recognizable prop.
Edith is the tomboy of the group. She sports an outdoorsy style with a short purple or red skirt with tights to match. Her sweater has vertical stripes in alternating shades of pink. She wears a knit ski cap with ear flaps and chin ties hanging loose. The cap matches the sweater but with horizontal stripes. White calf-length boots or white shoes complete the outfit.
Margo is the oldest of the three girls and has a proper schoolgirl look with her short plaid skirt and blazer. Recreate her look with a pleated skirt in black and red plaid. Wear a dark colored blazer in brown or olive green over a black vest and white shirt. Red and white athletic shoes and white ankle socks complete the outfit. Pull the hair back in a low pony tail and top it all off with a pair of eyeglasses.
Gru dreams up the evil deeds but the Minions actually do the dirty work. A Minion costume consists of long denim overalls and a pair of black rubber gloves. These creatures are bald and have sprouts of hair sticking up in random spots all over the head. Recreate this look with a yellow shower or bathing cap and some short lengths of black or brown pipe cleaner poking through to imitate hair. Finish this costume off with a pair of workshop goggles with round frames, secured with an elastic band.