Saturday, 4 February 2017

Storks

A children’s film is great if the kids enjoy it, but it’s even better if the older members of the family can as well. Warner’s latest one is ‘Storks’, a film that takes the traditional idea of storks delivering babies and turns it into something we can all relate to in the modern world.


Cornerstone used to deliver babies to humans but, after a bit of an incident, developed into a mega-corporation that deliver parcels all around the world (similar to Amazon). The boss, Hunter (Kelsey Grammar) is due to retire and high-achiever Junior (Andy Samberg) is tipped to be the replacement. It all looks like it’s set in stone until Junior is told to deal with Orphan Tulip (Katie Crown), a rather clumsy human who wasn’t delivered 18 years ago and now seems to be part of the company. Unable to fire her Junior hides her away instead, but once Tulip accidentally creates a baby using the old baby-making machine the pair end up going on an epic journey in secret to deliver the baby to the requester, Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman), the clued-up young son of two business-focused parents who just wants a brother to play with.


I’m already a big fan of Andy Samberg (as you may have noticed), and he fits into his voice-acting role perfectly. Junior is a great character (if a little too Samberg at times), and he really brings him to life. The whole cast of characters are, in fact – from the strong-headed Tulip to the business-minded Hunter, who uses smaller, more insignificant birds as various props throughout his office. There’s also a hilarious pack of wolves midway through who have adopted a strangely synergised method of pack-hunting; it’s things like this that makes ‘Storks’ so original.

The humour itself is aimed at the whole family, and includes hilarious scenes such as Junior painstakingly trying to navigate a maze of glass in a hurry (birds can’t see glass), and a particularly quiet fight scene to avoid waking the baby. There’s also some more touching scenes nestled within the comedy, like a particularly beautiful montage of families receiving their long-awaited babies at the end. On a deeper level the film looks a lot at family values and corporation, and the balance necessary between the two. 

Animation has also really come on of late, with ‘Storks’ being particularly slick with its streamlined movements and vibrant colours. The babies are probably the most adorable animated babies I’ve ever seen. It also starts off with lots of good old-fashioned cartoon injury (‘Itchy and Scratchy’ sprung to mind), so visually it’s a treat.


The story itself of ‘Storks’ is great, with a funny slant on the storks- based story of where babies come from (which is totally the true one, of course). It’s probably one of the weirder animated films I’ve watched recently, mimicking the modern and sometimes bizarre style of Warner’s previous film ‘The Lego Movie’, but that’s certainly a good thing in this case. The kids will love it, and I guarantee that you will too. 5/5


★★★★★


Hannah Read


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