“Storks” takes flight at the theaters

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoon shorts was about a drunk Stork who never could seem to deliver the right baby to the right parents. The new movie “Storks” is a bit of a modern update to that story. The birds no longer herald the arrival of babies. Instead, they’re a glorified delivery system for an Amazon-esque conglomerate.

Andy Samberg is the voice of Junior, a rising star in the company who might become the boss if he doesn’t screw up.

When the old baby making machine accidentally gets turned on, Junior and a band of misfits must deliver the child to his parents who are voiced by Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell. They have to do it under the beak of the company CEO, voiced by Kelsey Grammar.

“Storks” feels and looks like a lot of the animated movies we’ve seen over the past few years, right on down to its overdone themes about busy parents, lovable outcasts … the list goes on and on.

While it’s not very original, it is much funnier than I expected. In fact, parents will find lots to laugh at with the movies take on corporate work culture and work politics. My favorite character is a brown nosing pigeon named toady. He steals the show.

“Storks” has just enough funny material for kids of all ages to make it worth a trip to the theaters. It earns a B.

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