Comfortably the funniest film I've seen this year, the balance between utter nonsense and moments of genuine sincerity can so often be fumbled (I'm looking at you, The Stag), but here it seems completely effortless. Some minor pacing issues and PJ Gallagher's misjudged antagonist aside, this is one of the most enjoyable homegrown productions in a long time.
With the first line of dialogue I relaxed in my seat, knowing I was back in safe hands. Once again Laika provides a stunning alternative voice in the field of animation, with one of the most unique, beautiful and downright scary family films you're likely to find.
It's a real shame it didn't find success at the box office, as I'd gladly take one or two of these films a year à la Pixar or Dreamworks. As it stands though, I'll just have to wait patiently for the next gem Laika gives us in a few years time.