The keeper reports that viewers of Minions: The Rise of Gru in China have posted a text add-on to the film that replaces the ending that international audiences are familiar with: Gru and Wild Knuckles ride to the horizon together after Knuckles faked his death to avoid justice. This did not sit well with the Chinese censors, who instead reportedly tacked on text assuring viewers that Wild Knuckles was eventually captured by the authorities and sentenced to 20 years in prison, while Gru “returned to his family” and ” his greatest achievement is being a father.” to his three girls.
To be clear, this is not an “alternate ending” in the usual sense, created by the filmmakers for whatever reason, but a presentation that some viewers have likened to a PowerPoint slideshow, altering the plot with a textual epilogue. .
Huaxia Film Distribution and China Film Co, distributors of Minions in China, have not publicly commented on the changes.