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Magical minions desicably good; Kids will love heroes in crazy caper; OUR MAN AT THE MOVIES; Films.

Byline: with Chris Hunneysett

Minions Cert U ****

FROM its singing start to its riotous finish, this supremely sweet and silly fanfare of fun is sure to become a children's favourite.

Bask in the giggly glow of the goldenhearted heroes from 2010's Despicable Me and 2013's Despicable Me 2 as they take centre stage in this animated prequel.

Throughout history the minions have happily worked for rulers with absolute power - the pharaohs, Napoleon and, er a T. rex.

But now, in 1968, the minions are miserable without someone telling them what to do.

So Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) leave their brethren to find a new master to serve. Leader Kevin is the tall one, Stuart plays guitar and youngest Bob carries a teddy bear.

The trio are employed in Orlando, Florida, by the world's first female super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock).

She zooms about in nuclearpowered armoured dresses, lives in a castle and is like an evil version of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds.

Her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm) equips the yellow trio with a stretch suit, a hypnotising helmet and a lava lamp laser gun. Then Scarlet instructs them to steal the crown of our Queen Elizabeth II - Jennifer Saunders turning in one of her funniest performances.

Swinging London town is painted yellow to a soundtrack of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, and suitably Donovan's Mellow Yellow.

Madcap chases and choreographed song and dance numbers are joyously created by the top-class animation.

Elderly beefeaters, tea-drinking bobbies and fake moon-landing conspiracies bump against Arthurian legend.

My good-natured giggles regularly erupted into huge guffaws.

Minions is so great I can't wait to pay to take my four-year-old to see it.

Magical minions despicably good

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2015
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