Storks (2016) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Storks (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some scenes may scare very young children.

  • The pitch:

    Baby pow(d)er.

  • Starring:

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

  • Directed by:

    Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A character falls to (assumed) certain death. Characters get gummed, feather-plucked, eye-poked, licked, beak-grabbed, lip-pulled, pursued, covered in mess, whacked with objects, knocked unconscious, tied up, hung upside-down, rammed, ear-pulled, bitten, stabbed with fork, electrocuted, catapulted, trapped. Characters plummet toward the ground, run into glass/knock themselves out, hit their heads, jump out of a window. Aircraft crash. Objects smacked out of hands, accidentally set on fire, smashed, stabbed. Images of exploding buildings/cities/planet/trees. Montage of mothers shielding babies from fiery arrows/sabre-tooth tiger attack. A helicopter explodes. A penguin is eaten by a walrus. Building collapse, mass property destruction. Ethnic tension, panic room, eating a baby, bite arm off, glueing eyes shut mentioned. Screaming, arguing, growling, snarling, crying, belching. Blood/gore: Mangled/broken wing. Fork sticking out of an animal's chest. Fainting, nappy-sniffing. Wing in sling. Cracking bones heard. A tooth falls out of a singed bird's mouth. Internal bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Nude baby-bums. Pixelated bird-bottom.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Peed. Name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Delivery, flight, family, babies, power, promotion, orphans, horrible bosses, teamwork, bonding, hopes, disappointment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Missing family, job loss, cease and desist notice served. Birds (lots!), wolves, polar bear, arctic monkey, hare, cats. Full moon, plane, avalanche, waterfall, blizzard, rapids. Vomiting (off-screen). Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Charming, poignant, hilarious, worthwhile, amusing, buoyant, madcap, lively, fun, offbeat, wacky, witty, warm, inventive, energetic, colourful. Terrific voice cast, some inspired comedy moments, crisp/brightly rendered animation, nurturing/understated score, progressive montage about modern parenting, lessons never feel saccharine.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Broad, silly. A little overstuffed, messy plot, noisy/chaotic ending, some lazy plot devices.

This feature is preceeded by short film THE MASTER featuring a man and chicken whom are kicked, grabbed, thrown through the air, crushed under falling objects, punched and left dangling precariously from high ledges. Themes include compromise, martial arts, ninjas, fighting, intros and legendary warriors.

 

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