Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Steve Coogan lend their voices to this Despicable Me spin-off but, of course, it’s the zany, goggle-wearing yellow Minions that are the scene-stealing stars of the show.

We first got to know them as the blindly devoted lackeys of Steve Carell’s supervillain Gru, and it turns out that they’ve been in the henchmen game for millennia, attaching themselves to the biggest, baddest, most despicable master of any given era, from Tyrannosaurus Rex to Napoleon.

Singularly inept, however, in keeping their evil bosses in business (the T Rex goes over a cliff and into fiery lava thanks to their bungling), they find themselves languishing in icy exile until a trio of plucky Minions set forth to find a new leader.

After escapades in 1968 New York and Florida, the threesome get hired by haughty baddie Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Bullock), who takes them to Swinging Sixties London to steal the Queen’s crown.

The Minions’ subsequent adventures hardly stretch the Despicable Me formula, but there’s still something irresistibly comic about their slapstick pratfalls, the gibberish they spout and, above all, their blithe, bumbling innocence.