Fighting for attention of families against the happy go lucky Trolls during the mid term break was Storks. Never one to refuse a family cinema trip myself and my eldest daughter headed off to see if it was worthy competition.
As per the old parental myths (I was reminded of watching Dumbo as a child) Storks deliver babies...or at least they used to. Given the changes in society they find themselves responsible for delivering packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com.
Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop - in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks' true mission in the world.
If that synopsis of Storks sounds far fetched and improbable that's because this sadly, is very much the case. The film is littered with non sensical plot points and numerous irritating characters (I hated the stoner pigeon so much) that make this feel like a badly handled mish mash of half decent comedic ideas.
The intention is clearly to encourage the pursuit of ones calling in life but corny dialogue and non sensical elements such as a shape shifting pack of wolves get in the way of letting the message prevail.
Trolls has the definitive upper hand on Storks. The Trolls message is clearer, the songs are logical (to a point), the gags are more frequent and funnier, the characters are more likeable and cuter. Also and to be cynical for a moment, Trolls will also generate a more appealing set of toys and merchandise.
My daughter enjoyed herself and claimed it was good fun, sadly though I was left wishing I had gone to see Trolls for a second time. In the battle of half term animated romps Trolls was a far superior contender and much more of an enjoyable watch.