While cynics might point out that the Disney Store will now be stuffed with as many merchandise-friendly critters as (in) humanly possible, who cares when it gives us such colourful peripheral characters as the purple-haired babes of ‘Python nu kappa’ and the squealing Scare Pig mascot of ‘roar Omega roar’?
The freakish ingenuity is the movie’s main, ahem, selling point – though it can’t quite compensate for a fundamental shortage of freshness.
Alas, Scanlon and co always seem to be one clawed step and slimy trail behind Pete Docter’s milieu-defining predecessor.
That’s not to say there isn't fun, excitement and sporadic laughter to be had, not least in a climactic sequence that sees Mike realise his true calling.
Pixar falls back on the tried and tested in an entertaining caper that will be a surefire kid pleaser this summer. Old favourites are always welcome, but it would have been nice to see some more new ideas too.