Scene-stealing sidekicks in the Despicable Me movies, the zany goggle-wearing yellow Minions get their own animated adventure and prove just as kookily cute and funny as on their previous outings.

It turns out that supervillain Gru’s blindly devoted lackeys have 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 and on to haughty, wasp-waisted baddie Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), who takes a trio of plucky Minions to Swinging Sixties London to steal the Queen of England’s crown.

The Minions’ subsequent adventures don’t stretch the Despicable Me formula particularly far, but there’s still something irresistibly comic about their slapstick pratfalls, the macaronic gibberish they spout and, above all, their blithe bumbling innocence.

Certificate U. Runtime 91 mins. Directors Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.

Minions is available on Blu-ray & DVD from Monday 16 November, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).

 Blu-ray & DVD extras: Jingle Bells Minion Style; Mini-Movies: Cro Minion; Competition; Binky Nelson Unpacified; Blu-ray only extras: Around The World Interactive Map; Behind The Goggles: The Illumination Story Of The Minions