As proof that the Minions have existed long before the dawn of mankind, the folks over at Illumination Entertainment (a part of Universal) have created a set of classic art masterpieces showing that the Minions were the original sitting models.
The particularly funny evolution of Minions and their search for the perfect evil genius to follow is highlighted in the movie's latest trailer:
The Minions can be seen everywhere where there is a really big canvas on July 10th!
Minion Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci)
Minion Self Portrait (in the style of Vincent Van Gogh)
Minion Scream (Edvard Munch)
Minion Still Life on a Pedestal Table (Pablo Picasso)
The Persistence of Minion Memory (Salvador Dali)
Minion Against an Abstract Tree (Piet Mondrian)
Minion Swirl (Jackson Pollack)
Minion Loves a Banana (Roy Lichtenstein)
Le Fils de L'Minion (Son of Minion) (Rene Magritte)
Marilyn Minion (Andy Warhol)
Official plot synopsis:
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.