For the fans of films similar to UP, Kung Fu Panda and Zootopia, Storks adds a respectable new film to the animated genre. It doesn’t quite compare with DreamWorks classics, such as Shrek and Madagascar, but the film is entertaining nevertheless.

Filled with positive messages about parenthood and family relationships, the film is definitely a child and family friendly film with huge cast names such as Jennifer Anniston assisting DreamWorks to make $133,249,528 internationally since release. Written, directed and produced by Nicholas Stoller, the film is an uplifting addition to DreamWorks’ list of movies.

Starring Junior the stork (Andy Samberg), the audience follow the journey of the delivery stork who works for the Amazon-like ‘Cornerstone’ courier service following centuries of baby delivery. Life is simple and he is offered a promotion to company boss – on one condition. That he fires ‘orphan Tulip’ (Katie Crown). She’s the only human in the factory, stranded there after being undeliverable to her parents when the baby factory was still in use, but now at 18, the boss wants her to be sent into the human world.

When the clumsy Tulip accidentally discovers the retired baby factory and ‘makes’ an adorable, pink haired baby girl, Junior’s position as boss is placed in jeopardy and the pair undertake a thrilling journey to deliver the bundle of trouble before it is too late, but the expedition puts the unlikely trio through their paces.

Meanwhile, the audience also follow the heart warming of story of little boy Nate (Anton Starkman) who wants a baby brother to play with instead of having to experience the repeated neglect of his parents (Jennifer Anniston and Ty Burrell). The film sends messages to adults about how precious childhood is, and guardians should be prepared for some difficult questions about where exactly babies come from after the viewing!

The film could do with some character improvements, however. Pigeon Toady (Stephen Kramer Glickman) is fairly unnecessary and is really a very annoying presence throughout, characterised by a ridiculous accent and bizarre, often humourless, uses of language. The story line at times is charming, but some comedy was forced, providing giggles as opposed to a hysterical laugh that leaves the audience with aching ribs.

In true DreamWorks style, the ‘happily ever after’ ending to the film leaves the viewer warm and fuzzy inside with the genuine conclusion of happiness to the film that will warm the hearts of all ages. In addition, the inclusion of gay families and single mothers portrayed as families will please many. Full of slapstick humour and some adorably cute animal animations, Storks can be said to be a good film, but not something that will be timelessly watched over and over again. Don’t hold your breath for the release of Storks 2.

Amelia Shaw

[3star]

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