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Storks: Strong storytelling will satisfy both kids and adults

A stork working for a big-box retailer is forced to team up with a bumbling human orphan to deliver an unauthorized baby before their boss realizes what they’ve done.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Storks
Written by
Nicholas Stoller
Directed by
Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland
Starring
Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer
Genre
Animation
Classification
G
Country
USA
Language
English

One of the funniest family features of the year, Storks marks the animation debut of co-director and writer Nicholas Stoller, usually known for raunchier adult fare (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors). Alongside former Pixar animator Doug Sweetland, Stoller has made the most amusing film of his career with this subtextual look at how modern corporate culture penalizes anyone wanting to become a parent. Stoller casts the sardonic wit of Andy Samberg as a stork working for a big-box retailer forced to team up with a bumbling human orphan (Katie Crown) to deliver an unauthorized baby before their boss (Kelsey Grammer) realizes what they've done. Kids will love how Stoller and Sweetland pitch this at the level of a modern-day Looney Tunes cartoon, but adults will appreciate the remarkable amount of narrative depth. Every joke here hits its target, and while many of them will soar over the heads of youngsters, it will still send everyone home happy and satisfied.

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