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'Minions' trailer time-travels to the 1960s to show life before Gru

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For the minions of Despicable Me, there are two time periods—Before Gru and After Gru. While there have been two films full of the tiny yellow guys while they worked under Steve Carell’s villain in reform, the first trailer for Minions shows what life was like all the way back in 1968.

The minions have apparently been around for centuries, living to serve whatever despicable master they could find, whether that be a dinosaur or an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. But they run into trouble actually keeping masters around, so three minions—prideful Kevin, hungry Stuart, and frightened Bob—set out to find a more permanent leader.

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In addition to the trailer’s surprising classic rock soundtrack—hopefully an indication of the full film, the first look at Minions gives viewers a peek at just how far-reaching the minions’ antics are. But it seems that they’ll finally find salvation in New York 42 years before meeting Gru.

The trailer also reveals that Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, and Steve Coogan will join Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm as part of the voice cast. Minions, which is set to unleash dozens more of Gru’s faithful army in theaters, debuts on July 10, 2015.