Design, Film, I.M.H.O.

A Gothic Buggy

Gru's Gothic buggy.
Gru’s Gothic buggy.

Next only to the yellow, pill-shaped, gobbledygook-speaking Minions, what I loved in “Despicable Me” (2010) is the ground vehicle owned by the sweetly nefarious Felonius Gru.

A mode of short-range travel, it’s not quite a tank, neither a car, nor is it an aircraft—but a bit of all three. A boxy nose that stretches into a bulbous, aluminum armored shell, tapering off into a needle-like rear, gives it a mean, Gothic look. On its back, it carries a flamethrower. The driver sits in a little round cockpit.


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