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Safety and the movies… Despicable Me

By Calissa Reid

We received a request on Twitter — I hope that you’re following us on Twitter — to feature one of my favourite animated movies in a Safety and the movies blog post, Despicable Me! Released in 2010, the movie follows the life of criminal mastermind, Gru, as he tries to handle the three orphaned little girls he adopted to further his plan of stealing the moon!

The girls are quite a challenge for Gru. They mess up his house, demand to go to ballet class and discover his secret headquarters. After he’s finished using the girls for his plan, Gru decides to abandon them at a theme park, but he is stopped by a park attendant because the girls need to be accompanied by an adult.  He is then hauled around the theme park by the girls and, ever so slowly, he begins to fall for their charm.

Will the girls stop his plan to steal the moon? I’m not going to spoil it for you. You’ll have to watch it to find out.

Despicable Me has brought the world many laughs and some pretty awesome one liners (“It’s so fluffy I’m going to die!” is my personal favourite.) but, like many animated films, it’s filled with unrealistic and unsafe situations that we can learn from.

1. Shortcuts may get the job done, but at what cost?

In the clip above, Margo, Edith and Agnes are playing a carnival game to win Agnes a stuffed unicorn. When the girls don’t win the game, Gru takes matters into his own hands and fires one of his weapons at the booth.

Although Agnes walks away with the fluffy unicorn, take a look at the booth. It’s totally destroyed.  The same thing can happen when we take short cuts at work. You may damage property, or even worse, yourself.

2. Stick to the plan.

Planning is a big part of the job for a criminal mastermind, and Gru is an expert planner. Or so he thought, until the girls snuck a drawing of him sitting on the toilet into his plan presentation!

Planning is also key while you’re at work.  Even if your job doesn’t involve planning on a daily basis, there are still some plans and procedures that are a must at every workplace, like an emergency evacuation plan or occupational injury plan. Do you know what to do if you or a coworker gets hurt?

3. Are you using that properly?

Ah minions, they are so adorably oblivious. We all like to have fun while at work, but goofing off and misusing equipment can lead to an accident or a near miss like in the clip above.  Photocopying yourself might not be dangerous, but there’s still something we can take from this.  Use the tools for the job, and nothing else.

4. Get some zzz’s

OK, so I may have included this clip because it’s my favourite scene… what can I say, I’m a sucker for family moments. But we at Heads Up know that getting enough sleep is important. (Check out Lauren’s and Josie’s blog posts to see just how important sleep is!) Develop a sleep strategy so that you’re getting enough sleep to face the next day at work. Whether it involves a story and goodnight kisses…I’ll leave that up to you.

Well this pretty much wraps up my first Safety and the movies blog post.  I know, I know — you’re upset it’s over. Don’t worry though, as with many great movies, there is a sequel. Despicable Me 2 was released in 2013 and there’s a lot more we can learn from Gru, the minions and Margo, Edith and Agnes. Stay tuned!

Do you have any suggestions for Safety and the movies? Feel free to leave them in the comments, or let us know through Twitter or Facebook!

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