Review: The Ugly Duckling and Me (U)**

Loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling And Me puts a contemporary spin on the classic yarn using computer animation that is a little lacklustre.

Family audiences have come to expect slick, eye-popping visuals and an equally sharp script, and this endearing film leaves us short-changed.

The pacing is pedestrian and characters fall into neat racial stereotypes, from Italian-American rats to Irish seagulls who sound like they have been dipping their beaks in the Guinness.

A feelgood happy ever after is assured.

On limited release