Images of two Minions riding through the streets of Beijing selling bananas has gone viral on Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China, due to the sheer cuteness and ridiculousness of it all.
The Minions, rotund yellow creatures that were made famous in the US computer-animated film Despicable Me, were seen at one point getting pulled over by urban management officers, creating a hilarious scene in the process.
“Big-eyed adorable Minions pulled over on the roadside selling bananas. Obviously very said but I can’t help but want to laugh,” one Weibo user wrote.
“Life is hard for these has-been cartoon stars,” another commenter said.
Others worried about the well-being of the “vendors” who draped themselves in such heavy costume on a hot afternoon to drum up business.
“You only think they’re cute, but look how hard they try to make a living. Who would dress in such thick costumes to sell bananas if they don’t have to?” one web user asked.
Not to worry, dear netizens. The whole thing is apparently a publicity stunt for their upcoming film debut in China. As one netizen pointed out, most vendors wouldn’t be able to afford such expensive-looking costumes on a strictly banana-selling income, which is sad in itself, but hey.
Minions, a spin-off of the wildly successful Despicable Me franchise, is expected to conquer the box office upon its opening in China on September 13.
The upcoming release also explains why the wee wittle yellow sidekicks were seen posing it up for a photo shoot on the Great Wall in Beijing last week.