Movies have always had articulation problems to overcome. First there were silent films with title cards. Then, after the invention of sound, we had spoken words, which evolved from theatrical and corny to naturalistic.
For filmmakers, clarity was, and always has been, the goal -- unless we're talking about the Minions in "Despicable Me," in which case, dibbiddydibbidydibbidydoo! The cuddly, yellow underlings of evil-doer Gru not only move like Chaplin and Keaton, they use a proto-speak that makes them completely unintelligible to the viewer.
Of course, the Minions aren't the first incomprehensible characters on screen, but they're the ones keeping the flame alive. In honor of "Despicable Me 2," which hit theaters earlier this week, here are a few of the movies that dared to jibber jabber in an all too coherent world.