Storks: Playing the stork market

Directors: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

Voice cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

Run time: 89 minutes

The 3-D animated movie from Warner is relentlessly busy — hurling colour, various levels of sweetness and mildly-funny jokes. The short film in the beginning was rather cool about the Lego warrior — making us yearn nostalgically for the super-sharp The Lego Movie.

The storks have decided to stop their baby delivery business and go into courier service at Cornerstone. Junior, the top-performing stork, is about to be made boss by the outgoing CEO, Hunter. The only thing he has to do is fire 18-year-old Tulip, a relic from Cornerstone’s earlier days of baby delivery.

In the human world, a little boy, Nate, wishes for a baby brother as his parents are too busy to spend time with him. He writes a letter to Cornerstone asking for a brother and by a series of unfortunate incidents, Tulip, Junior and cute little baby set off to reach Nate. This is where the wolves come in and the movie becomes fun. The wolves forming different objects from bridges to submarines are hilarious.

For those who look at the film as the ultimate management film, there are all sorts of subliminal takeaways, but for the others Storks is like being on an inexorable trip being constantly assaulted by different levels of twee.

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