It’s the school half-term holidays so it’s time for the obligatory animated film to drop into cinemas.

Storks tells the story of the gift of parenthood, Storks world is one where pregnancy no longer happens and births can be scheduled to fit in with the parents lifestyle. However things move on and the Storks find that their services are no longer needed so they turn their baby factory into a parcel business, kind of like Amazon, only run by Storks.

One of the workers in the factory, Junior (voiced by Andy Samburg), is offered promotion by his boss (Kelsey Grammer) if he can get rid of a leftover baby, now grown up, called Tulip (Katie Crown), who couldn’t be flown to her parents owing to the fact that the Stork that was delivering her broke the tracking beacon that was need to trace her parents. The problem is that Tulips a liability, she’s accident prone and production takes a steep dive anytime that she’s on the production floor.

Junior and Tulip then join forces when a letter arrives from a little boy who asks the Storks for a baby brother. Disobeying the boss the pair then set out to deliver the baby to the boy’s estate-agents parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell). Needlessly to say things don’t run smoothly as Junior and Tulip find that they have to overcome plenty of obstacles’ on their travel.

Storks is a lightweight family film that’ll keep all but the most demanding children happy. The jokes come thick and fast, some work some don’t. The highlight of the film is a wolf pack that get up to all types of crazy things in an effort to catch the baby delivering pair.

Storks might not be anywhere near the quality of a Pixar animated film however for a rainy October afternoon it just about passes muster.

Storks (U)

1h 30m

Director: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Starring: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele

UK Release: Friday 14th October 2016