Built out of derivative, familiar parts from other family animation films, Despicable Me may not be anything particularly original or fresh; on the surface it seems just another mediocre children’s film for parents to park children in front of whilst getting on with more pressing matters. But, well, there’s a reason it has since spawned a sequel and a spinoff. It’s a funny, entertaining movie—I belly laughed far more than I expected—and its voice-cast is excellent throughout, from Steve Carrell to Will Arnett to Julie Andrews. Most surprising perhaps, is the weight given to the animation. A lot of the humour here is slapstick, but getting such physical humour right in animation is always a challenge, as the normal rules of gravity don’t necessarily apply, where weightless pratfalls struggle to land with oomph. Props to the animators for producing a world in which said physical comedy actually works. No one will claim Despicable Me is a game-changer, but it is a far better film than it might look at first glance.