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Minions the rise of gru ending censored in china report


Editor’s Note: The following are spoilers for the ending of Minions: The Rise of Gru.

China has continued its rise of alternate endings due to censorship.

Reuters first reported that Chinese national censors appear to have found the original ending to Minions: The Rise of Gru “despicable” because it rewards gang mischief. In China, according to social media users who first noticed the alternate ending, the Universal Pictures animated film has received a title card stating that Wild Knuckles, a main character in the heist film, was caught by the police and sentenced to 20 years in prison sat.

Meanwhile, in the new ending, Gru, the mastermind and co-conspirator of Wild Knuckles, has “returned to his family”. The title cards state that years later, “being the father of his three girls is his greatest achievement.” Screenshots of the title cards were uploaded to social media site Weibo, according to Reuters.

In the original film, Gru and Wild Knuckles ride off together after Wild Knuckles fakes his own death to evade the authorities.

DuSir, a film criticism influencer with 14.4 million followers on Chinese platform Weibo, also reported that the Chinese version of the film runs a minute longer than the international version. “Only we need special guidance and care for fear that a cartoon will ‘corrupt’ us,” DuSir described.

IndieWire has reached out to Universal Pictures for comment.

Of course, “The Rise of Gru” also caused a stir internationally thanks to the Gentleminions TikTok trend officially supported by Universal Pictures. The Independent reported that cinemas in the UK had to issue refunds due to disruptive reactions from fans during screenings.

Earlier this year, David Fincher’s 1999 anarchist film Fight Club was cut with a completely different ending, showing law enforcement stopping the narrator (Edward Norton) from blowing up his town. Streaming site Tencent Video instead included a caption to explain what happened to the narrator: “Through Tyler’s tip, the police quickly figured out the whole plan and arrested all the criminals and successfully prevented the bomb from detonating,” read the title card. “After the trial, Tyler was taken to an insane asylum where he received psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”

Sound familiar?

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Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.