Storks deliver babies...or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), 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.
The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returns to Kids Club this Jan with an eclectic mix of wonderful animated shorts from all over the globe. Definitely not to be missed and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city"s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo"s phantom powers and Alex"s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli"s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.
Director: David Lowery.
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley. USA 2016. 103 mins.
This live-action remake of Disney’s animated 1977 fable begins with cheery old woodsman Mr Meacham (Redford) delighting local children with stories of a dragon that lives deep in the forest.
His sceptical forest-ranger daughter Grace (Howard, Jurassic World) dismisses this as whimsy until she meets the eponymous ten-year-old Pete (Fegley), an orphan who claims his best friend is a green dragon called Elliott. With the help of another local youngster, Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace then sets out to determine the truth and ultimately spare Elliott from capture and exploitation by Natalie’s money-grubbing uncle Gavin (Karl Urban).
Co-written and directed by Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery, this is a skilful and beguilingly suspenseful tale appealing to audiences of all ages.
Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn.
Voices: Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Timberlake. USA 2016. 92 mins.
The creators of such family friendly fare as Shrek and Alvin And The Chipmunks have delivered an irreverent animated comedy voiced by top names such as Gwen Stefani, James Corden and Anna Kendrick. The magical world of the eponymous, ever cheerful and indeed constantly singing Trolls is threatened by the gloomy Bergens, who frankly just want to eat them up.
Co-directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, the Trolls’ hair-raising but comic adventures as they outwit their adversaries are set to a catchy original score by Justin Timberlake, who also voices one of our heroes. Being a DreamWorks production, the visuals are cutting-edge awesome.
Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father's footsteps. When Blinky (Ryan Kwanten) discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad's whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. He quickly makes friends with Nutsy (Robin McLeavy), a zoo koala, and Jacko (David Wenham), a nervous frill-necked lizard. Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful Cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio must learn to work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky's father!