Having proved everything was indeed awesome with the 2014 ‘Lego Movie’, The Warner Brothers Animation Group have done it again with their follow-up, Storks; a perfect family film which is just as fun, strange and surprisingly touching as the former.
From Nicholas Stoller, the writer/director who was part responsible for the big screen return of The Muppets, the concept finds comedy in that awkward moment when a child asks their parents where babies come from. Here, Stoller imagined a world where Storks have been delivering children to parents for centuries, but have since turned their business into an Amazon-like delivery service of all the latest gadgets.
So how do grown-ups have still have children? Well, “there are other ways” one character exclaims during what is one of the many ‘wink-wink’ moments that are aimed at the adults in the audience. In essence, this is one of the primary reasons as to why Storks manages to rise above the majority of other animated features from this year, in that it manages to provide plenty of genuine laughs for parent and child alike.
Whether it’s the keenly observed sequences in which Junior the Stork and Tulip the orphan try to make their latest delivery, an unexpected baby that’s recently been found in the ‘baby factory’, go to sleep with little success, or, the laugh-out-loud scenes which feature a Wolfpack that take the term teamwork to a whole other level, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.
The film’s universal appeal, as well as its excellent voice cast and colourful visuals, puts it in good standing for future family film nights. But the biggest thing it has going for it is an unexpected sentimental streak which, like The Lego Movie, deals with parenthood in a way which might just leave you with a lump in your throat. All things considered, Storks is a little bundle of cuteness from beginning to end.
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