“Find Your Flock” – Storks (Film Review)

We all know where babies come from. No, not that way. Bundled in a sheet and carried via airway by the storks, of course. Bad Neighbours director Nicholas Stoller teams with Disney team member Doug Sweetland to create a family fable that pays tribute to those classic stories of a baby’s natural arrival via the collective team that brought us The Lego Movie.

Storks have gradually moved from baby delivery to an Amazon-like package delivery service. When a young boy wishes for a sibling, his letter to the storks inadvertently gets in the hands of the only human working in the storks territory high up in the clouds, a girl named Orphan Tulip whose accident prone-self lands her in continual mischief. In a bid to become boss, Junior, the best delivering stork, must get rid of Tulip, therefore both end up in a whirlwind of trouble as they attempt to deliver a baby to her rightful family, all-the-while attempting not to kill each other along the way.

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The Lego Movie‘s fierce following sky rocketed Warner Animation to heights that appeared out of nowhere. It was original and where animation is heading nowadays is becoming a universal treat for all ages; visuals to entice the young’uns and jokes that are thrown with physical and witty effect. Whilst the premise of Storks is undeniably screwball — the situations are so barbarically farfetched that complete disbelief is merely expected — there’s something wholly heartwarming that culminates in one of the year’s most surprising and utterly hilarious family fares.

Comedic god Andy Samberg delivers with a thumping array of witty one-liners and comical wonderment as the titular stork putting up with Adventure Time and Bob’s Burgers voice actress Katie Crown as Orphan Tulip, the scarlet-haired, frenzied, fluttery and hellishly over-excited female counterpart that balances Junior’s droll outlook on life. Both spare with a sharp repartee, a crosstalk with phenomenal and polarising hilarity.

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Co-characters that can only be described to have been written in a frenzy of Red Bulls come thick and fast, including a wolf pack with intense team-building skills, an army of penguins and a boss, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, whose use of glass as a power move is written with superb accuracy that whilst looks fabulous can only fully be appreciated by minds twelve and over.

Beneath such wit lays heart, however. Stoller¬†and Sweetland’s fittingly madcap romp ignites powerful and hella hearty laughs throughout, but coming to the family to which the story revolves around — a young boy whose workaholic parents find difficulty in spending moments with their precocious kid — extend entirely the film’s core of the morals and meaning of family.

It continually surprises with the laughs as much as there’s an aim to avoid pre-destined plot points. Both directors are hits with comedy, but both are fittingly paired to splice together two comedic flares that ultimately does make Storks a relentless, universal treat.

4/5

Dir: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

Scr: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key

Prd: Nicholas Stoller

Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

DOP: Simon Dunsdon

Country: USA

Runtime: 87 minutes

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