With half-term just around the corner, here’s an animated film that might fill a rainy afternoon, although its rather complex story and gag-a-minute zaniness seem to be aimed more at adults than kids.
Significantly, the writer-director is Nicholas Stoller, whose credits include gross-out (and decidedly grown-up) comedies such as Bad Neighbours 2.
Still, your little cherubs will probably enjoy the cutesiness of Storks, and there’s a very funny scene in which a gang of ravening wolves, preparing to gobble up a baby girl, find her so sweet that they can’t stop licking her.
Zany outing for a junior audience, with plenty of gags and cute moments – but with a plot a little too complex for the target audience
The premise is that a factory operated by storks has, on the orders of the boss (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), stopped delivering babies and gone into the parcel business. He promises promotion to one of his underlings, Junior (Andy Samberg), but only if Junior rids the firm of a leftover baby, now grown up, called Tulip (Katie Crown).
Junior and Tulip then join forces when a letter arrives from a little boy ignored by his estate-agent parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell) and desperate for a sibling.
Disobeying the boss, the storks are back in the baby delivery business, though not without all kinds of obstacles along the way, including the wolf pack. As I say, it’s ideal for a rainy afternoon, but I wouldn’t hurry to the cinema if it turns out fine.