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review by Bobby Blakey

Illumination Studios has been churning out some great animated films over the years including The Lorax and The Grinch as well as franchises such as Sing, Secret Life of Pets and the biggest of them all Despicable Me/Minions. Their latest film Migration features another great voice cast including Kumail NanjianiElizabeth BanksKeegan-Michael KeyAwkwafina, and Danny DeVito from Ernest & Celestine director Benjamin Renner and Despicable Me 2 director Guylo Homsy teaming up to helm the film. Could this migrating animated adventure deliver or will it fail to find its way south for the winter?

Migration follows the Mallard family who embarks on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons. Get ready to take a flight on a hilariously funny, feathered family vacation like no other!


I thought the trailers for this looked entertaining enough but never really sucked me in so wasn’t sure what to expect. Diving into this one I just wanted to have some laughs and a good time, and it offered up just that. It is a pretty by the numbers animated film but offers up plenty of laughs and fun to keep you entertained. The cast of the characters aren’t visually stand out, but thanks their personalities brought to life by this great voice cast they are way more memorable than they might have been otherwise.


There is a nice message about growth and stepping out of your comfort zone here infused with the crazy antics and fun characters they come across. There is way more fun to be had once they get into the big city complete a villain that looks ridiculous and awesome all at once. I had way more fun with this film than I expected and hope it is one that families will enjoy together.


In addition to the film this release offers up numerous features including making of featurettes, how to draw, 3 mini-movies and so much more. Join the flock and grab your copy of Migration available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.

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