Director: Nicolas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Starring: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Date: 14/10/16
Set in a world where Storks no longer deliver babies but rather packages instead, when Junior (Samberg) and orphan Tulip (Katie Crown) inadvertently create a baby for a young boy without a sibling, they must work as a team to get the package to its new family.
Earlier this year I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Illumination Entertainments The Secret Life of Pets outside of the masterpieces being routinely offered up by Pixar, Disney, Studio Ghibli and Laika. Now, I’m pleased to report that instead of being another mediocre animated adventure, Storks is actually darn good fun.
It retains a frenetic, hyper-kinetic energy throughout, moving from set piece to set piece with remarkable dexterity. The jokes come thick and fast, occasionally providing laugh out loud moments that will leave you grinning (The Wolves are, as they were in the trailer, fantastic).
Of course, it’s no surprise it has connections to Lord and Miller and the people behind The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of meatballs. It has a similar sort of silly humour to it.
Yet, there’s room for some emotion as our heroes connect over the course of the film. You care a bit more than you expect to and come the finale it does feel like the heartfelt moments are working.
The animation is often beautiful, the baby is impossibly cute and the voice cast doesn’t divert from the heart of the story.
In the end, it’s a film about family and finding your place in the world which, despite being fairly unremarkable, gets by because of a steady joke rate, a little emotion and a lot of energy. You won’t be thinking about it a lot but when you do it’ll be with more than a little fondness.