Storks delivers a funny and frenetic bundle


Tulip and Junior in Storks.
Tulip and Junior in Storks.

HOLLYWOOD must be circulating a memo along the lines of “don’t let any species go without having its own movie.”

Every species, myth, legend, machine and monster has been turned into an animated film, most recently pets got a little look in.

Storks get their turn and fortunately, writer Nicholas Stoller’s imagination has been allowed to run rampant, and he has come up with a zippy, bright and sweet film.

When the baby-delivering service at business Cornerstone is discontinued, the warehouse in the clouds becomes a base for a postal service.

Next in line to head the company, Junior (Andy Samberg) is tasked with firing accident prone human orphan Tulip (Katie Crown), but instead relegates her to the letters department (which doesn’t really exist anymore).

She inadvertently gets the baby-making machine cranking with a letter from Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman) who seeks a baby brother because his workaholic parents don’t pay him enough attention.

The personality clashing Junior and Tulip must bring the adorable infant to its new home and it is not an easy delivery.

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There is imagination to spare in this funny film.

It has possibly the most over-the-top, mugging for the microphone voice acting – each performer sounds like they downed three cans of energy drink before hitting the recording booth.

But it gives a fun and frenetic energy that few animated films can match.

With a cutely conveyed message that families come in all different shapes and sizes, young audiences will have some food for thought while they enjoy this sugary story.

THE ESSENTIALS

Storks (G)

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

Starring: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

Four stars

Review by Julian Wright

In cinemas now