Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release the 3D comedy adventure on Feb. 12, 2016
Pete Candeland will direct the animated movie.
Consumers spent $80 million during the movie's first week in stores
Chris Meledandri on Pharrell's contributions: “The role those two songs play in establishing Gru’s character and defining the tone for the movie is extraordinary"
Longtime exec has been handling marketing at Illumination since 2011
The dog will be the lone animated character -- akin to Universal's "Ted" and "Paul"
The new company will be named Illumination Mac Guff