Reviewed byE. Catalan (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
"Richard The Stroke" was a really fun family movie to watch. I mustconfess I had never heard anything about it before today and I thoughtit was a Dreamworks or Pixar movie that was kept at a low profile. It'san European movie (German/Belgian) and I admit me and my kids had ourdoubts about it but as the movie progresses our doubts becamecompletely unfounded because "Richard The Stork" was really, reallyentertaining. It has a slight darker edge than typical Dreamworks orPixar fare and the story is a bit in the lines of "Finding Nemo", so ifyou enjoyed that one you will definitely enjoy this one too.
Richard is an orphan sparrow who is found by Aurora, a lovely stork whobecomes his stepmother. The pigeon grows believing his just a "short"stork, but his stepdad, Claudius, is reluctant in having him as hisstepson, arguing that sparrows don't migrate and when the time comes todo so it will ultimately kill little Richard. When fall sets in,Aurora, Claudius and Max (Richard's stork brother) leave the smallpigeon behind and fly off to Africa, although Aurora and Max arereluctant but ultimately obey Claudius orders. Upon waking up, Richardis all alone in the stork nest and the rest of the movie is his storyin going out to look for his stork family.
"Richard The Stork" has a lot of funny and heartfelt moments and thisEuropean kids movie does try to emulate to some extent the storytellingstyle of Dreamworks or Pixar movies but adds its own along the way.Grown ups and kids will surely love it, my family enjoyed itwholeheartedly!
Reviewed byjefatic-725-569510Vote: 3/10/10
I have not written a review for a long time, but after seeing "Richardthe Stork" today, I felt obligated to warn others off this appallingfilm. The story line about an animal trying to fit in with a differentspecies is overused and cliché. None of the different bird charactersRichard hooks up with are funny, interesting, or believable.
The simple plot of the story is that Richard, in trying to stay withhis adoptive Stork family, follows them on a haphazard route to Africa.His entanglements are absurd, emotionally uninteresting, and chaotic.There is no real drama in this film or heartfelt relationships alá"Beauty and the Beast", "Toy Story", or even "Bambi". The writing washardly clever and the dialogue for most of the film was utter nonsense.Even the conflict between mama and papa Stork on whether or not Richardcould be a member of the family was mind-boggling simplistic andcliché. I give it a 3, but only for the animation.
Orphaned at birth and raised by storks, the teenage sparrow Richard believes he is one of them. But when the time comes to migrate to Africa, his stork family is forced to reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest, since he is not a migratory bird and would not survive the journey. Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on his own. But only with the help of Olga, an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend and Kiki, a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet, does he stand a chance to reach his goal and learn to accept who he really is.