byBarbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense MediaSep 23, 2016
Parents need to know that "Storks" is an animated love letter to the realization that the time parents have to share with their children is brief, sweet and to be cherished. There's plenty of peril: A large pack of wolves pursues key characters and threatens to eat them, a giant machine wreaks destruction, babies drop from great heights, jet packs go haywire, a homemade flying machine crashes at the precipice of a glacier, etc. But the suspenseful scenes are almost always resolved safely. The question of where babies come from is answered in a way that might confuse younger children (be prepared for questions afterward—or during!). One main character is an orphan who's longed to find her family her whole life; at one point, her dear friend is upset when she talks about finding her "real family." There's a little bit of language ("butt," "heck"), some bodily function humor and a couple of wink-wink moments between adult characters. Corporate greed and insensitivity are raised (and portrayed negatively), but overall, this is a clever, action-packed comedy with messages about teamwork, perseverance and compassion.