Universal Pictures’ Blimp for Despicable Me 2

Universal Pictures says it is launching the enormous Despicable Me 2 “Despicablimp” in support of Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3D-CG comedy adventure, which will be released on July 3, 2013.

According to Universal Pictures, the Despicablimp is one of the largest airships in the world at 165-feet long, 55-feet high and 46-feet wide, and is one of only 15 flying today.

Earlier, Universal Studios Hollywood announced the arrival of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” a 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure. (Read: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem in 3D)

The blimp will travel approximately 20,000 miles, crisscrossing the country (U.S.) three times over the course of its six-month journey and will have multiple stops across the continental U.S.

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Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2

Making its first appearance over the Nickelodeon 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles today, March 23, the gigantic Minion can be seen over hundreds of events across the U.S., including:

  • Telemundo’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, Miami, FL – April 25, 2013
  • The Kentucky Derby, Louisville, KY – May 4, 2013
  • The Despicable Me 2 World Premiere, Hollywood, CA – June 22, 2013

The Despicablimp may be tracked in real-time via GPS at the Despicablimp Command Center (www.despicablimp.com).

Fans can tweet sightings of the blimp or post photos to Instagram or Flickr using #despicablimp to see it featured on the site, and participate in weekly prize giveaways.

Visitors to the site can also enter for a chance to win a trip for four to the Hollywood world premiere of Despicable Me 2 and get the chance to ride in the blimp!

Photo courtesy: Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover

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