Migration 3D – The DVDfever Cinema Review – Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks

Migration Migration 3D: Yes, there are still some 3D films around, even if the only way I’m going to get value from that part of my Odeon LimitlessPlus subscription is to sit through a cacophony of CGI cartoons.

After opening with a reasonable short Minions-included film Mooned, it’s on to the film where mallards Mack (Kumail NanjianiThe LEGO Ninjago Movie 3D) and Pam (Elizabeth BanksCocaine Bear) are teaching their young ducklings Dax (Caspar Jennings) and Gwen (Tresi Gazal) how to fly and leave their pond so they can migrate, following Dad’s reticence for some time, along with elderly Uncle Dan’s (Danny DeVitoHaunted Mansion) similar position.

Dax is also eager to head off, given how he’s just bumped into Kim (Isabela MercedDora And The Lost City Of Gold), whose family is off to Jamaica for the winter, so he wants to follow his… urges.

Apparently, Migration has a story, but it’s more a number of random incidents including a pause in their proceedings following a storm, at which point they get harrassed by an elderly heron couple, Erin (Carol KaneThe Dead Don’t Die) and the silent Harry, the latter having a particularly dodgy eye, who are more likely to eat them than help them!

Later, in New York, Uncle Dan finds a sandwich and starts to eat it, but then gets ambushed by pigeons, and for anyone who’s played Grand Theft Auto IV knows, they all need wiping out, so no surprise that Mack refers to them as “trashy vermin“.

Meanwhile, I thought I misheard for a moment, when lead pigeon Chump (AwkwafinaRenfield) later declares, “Sorry for bustin’ your bills”… Duck bills… ah, I see what you did there. Plus, there’s an obligatory ‘pooing in the sky’ joke, which flying creatures do. And poo is always funny.

Still, a moment with heron Erin’s bill sticking out makes for great 3D, as well as all the flying scenes in the film. A shame, then, that this film only had one weekend screening per day in 3D, and nothing else throughout the week. Also a shame that 3D Blu-rays no longer seem to exist. Legally, anyway, as they always drift out later from China.

Migration is in cinemas now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. However, once announced, it will appear on the New DVD Blu-ray 3D and 4K releases UK list.

Migration – Official Trailer – Searchlight Pictures

Detailed specs:

Running time: 82 minutes (plus Mooned: 9 minutes)
Release date: February 2nd 2024
Studio: Universal Pictures International
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Dolby Vision)
Cinema: Odeon Trafford Centre
Rating: 4/10

Directors: Benjamin Renner, Guylo Homsy
Producers: Christopher Meledandri
Screenplay: Mike White
Music: John Powell

Voice cast:
Mack: Kumail Nanjiani
Pam: Elizabeth Banks
Dax: Caspar Jennings
Kim: Isabela Merced
Gwen: Tresi Gazal
Uncle Dan: Danny DeVito
Erin: Carol Kane
Chump: Awkwafina
Delroy: Keegan-Michael Key
GooGoo: David Mitchell