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Little Bird's Big Adventure (2017)

A Stork's Journey (original title)
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Even though everybody else thinks he's a sparrow - Richard himself holds tight to the conviction that he is in fact a stork.

Directors:

Toby Genkel, Reza Memari

Writers:

Anne D. Bernstein (dialogue polish & comedy punch up), Jeffrey Hylton (dialogue polish & comedy punch up) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilman Döbler Tilman Döbler ... Richard (voice)
Cooper Kelly Kramer ... Richard (voice)
Shannon Conley ... Olga (voice)
Christian Gaul Christian Gaul ... Kiki (voice)
Nicolette Krebitz ... Olga (voice)
Marc Thompson Marc Thompson ... Kiki (voice)
Marco Eßer Marco Eßer ... Max (voice)
Jason Griffith ... Max (voice)
Marcus Off Marcus Off ... Claudius (voice)
Erica Schroeder ... Aurora (voice)
Maud Ackermann Maud Ackermann ... Aurora (voice)
Jonathan Todd Ross ... Claudius (voice) (as Todd Garbeil)
Schroeder Kacmar Schroeder Kacmar ... Baby Richard (voice)
Christina Boas Christina Boas ... Additional voices
J. Dolan Byrnes J. Dolan Byrnes ... Additional voices
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Storyline

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. Written by Reza Memari

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Their adventure is the destination.


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Rated PG for some mild peril | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The bird was coined by the German Reza Memari and brought to life by the Genk animation company Walking The Dog. See more »

Quotes

Richard: We're going to Africa!
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A Pleasant Surprise
13 May 2017 | by Thrashman88See all my reviews

"Richard The Stroke" was a really fun family movie to watch. I must confess I had never heard anything about it before today and I thought it was a Dreamworks or Pixar movie that was kept at a low profile. It's an European movie (German/Belgian) and I admit me and my kids had our doubts about it but as the movie progresses our doubts became completely unfounded because "Richard The Stork" was really, really entertaining. It has a slight darker edge than typical Dreamworks or Pixar fare and the story is a bit in the lines of "Finding Nemo", so if you enjoyed that one you will definitely enjoy this one too.

Richard is an orphan sparrow who is found by Aurora, a lovely stork who becomes his stepmother. The pigeon grows believing his just a "short" stork, but his stepdad, Claudius, is reluctant in having him as his stepson, arguing that sparrows don't migrate and when the time comes to do so it will ultimately kill little Richard. When fall sets in, Aurora, Claudius and Max (Richard's stork brother) leave the small pigeon behind and fly off to Africa, although Aurora and Max are reluctant but ultimately obey Claudius orders. Upon waking up, Richard is all alone in the stork nest and the rest of the movie is his story in going out to look for his stork family.

"Richard The Stork" has a lot of funny and heartfelt moments and this European kids movie does try to emulate to some extent the storytelling style of Dreamworks or Pixar movies but adds its own along the way. Grown ups and kids will surely love it, my family enjoyed it wholeheartedly!


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Country:

Germany | Belgium | Luxembourg | Norway | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,375,849
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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