Question: Where were the penguins going to fly the baby to in their helicopter?

Johman

Chosen answer: Hunter had allowed the penguins to take care of the baby, and will then be returned to the human world when she is an adult. The penguins were taking the baby back to their home to raise it.

Casual Person

Question: Despite both his parents having blue eyes, how come Nate has brown eyes? Is there a scientific/logical explanation for this?

Johman

Answer: That's one possibility. Or, the boy could have been adopted by the parents. That would fit with much of the theme of the film and one of the actors is a father through adoption. As adoptive parents with blue/green eyes and a child with brown eyes, we chose to believe it was a subtle nod to that situation. Also, the parents seem pretty convinced a baby brother isn't coming. Perhaps there were fertility issues that contribute to that confidence and led to creating a family through adoption. I think that's a better story than a remote scientific possibility. :).

Chosen answer: Yes there is a biological explanation for two blue-eyed parents having a brown-eyed child, and it does happen. It's a bit more complicated than high school genetics' dominant/recessive gene explanation. Eye color is determined by 2 genes, HERC2 and OCA2. Both genes are required for pigment to form (i.e. brown eyes), HERC2 being the key. People with blue-eyes can be carriers of one or the other, thus the offspring of 2 blue-eyed parents can end up receiving both required genes for brown eyes.

Bishop73

Question: Hunter, as a stork, and Toady, as a pigeon, are both birds of flight. So why don't they use their wings to fly? Why would they need to use a helicopter (Hunter) and flying machine (Toady)?

Johman

Chosen answer: For the same reason people take cars even though they can walk. It's faster and doesn't require using up your energy.

Bishop73

Question: Two questions about Tulip. 1) The first time Jasper takes Tulip to her family's house so she can meet them, why does she hesitate to ring the doorbell? Why does she walk away? 2) How does Tulip manage to find Junior at the fake house Hunter traps him in?

John Ohman

Chosen answer: 1) She feared that her family would not want her given that so much time had passed since her family had requested her to be delivered by the storks. 2) She knew the address to go to because it was listed on the delivery beacon.

Casual Person

Question: At the end of the film, when Tulip reunites with her family, the wolf pack is there along with Junior and the other birds to support Tulip. I don't get it. What made the wolves reform? What made them switch to Junior and Tulip's side?

Johman

Chosen answer: A direct reason for the wolves switching to Junior and Tulip's side is not given specifically, so the reason for them switching sides can only be speculated. Perhaps they were thankful that the baby is now in safe hands and made amends with the storks for it.

Casual Person

Question: After Pigeon Toady finds Junior and Tulip with the baby girl, he returns to Conservatoire to make the report to Hunter. While Hunter strategizes in tracking down Junior and Tulip, Toady points out that they don't know where they going. That reduces Hunter in planning to change the address of the baby's homing beacon. Why doesn't Toady use his phone to call Hunter once he finds Junior and Tulip, and why doesn't he continue to follow them?

Johman

Chosen answer: Toady is intent on impressing Hunter by reporting Junior and Tulip to him. He was likely so eager to report Junior and Tulip to Hunter that he forgot all about where Junior and Tulip were going off too, but instead to let Hunter know about what was happening and likely be given some recognition from him.

Casual Person

Question: After Hunter falls off Stork Mountain and Junior and Tulip survive the fall, Jasper shows up with blankets which he suggests the storks use to deliver the newly produced babies. If Jasper was at the factory by the time Hunter causes Junior and Tulip to fall, why doesn't he fly down to save them?

Johman

Chosen answer: There were hundreds of other storks who were there who chose to not fly down, Jasper was not the only stork who didn't fly down to help Junior and Tulip. The other storks were standing there looking over the edge, to see if anyone from the collapsing building would come back. Since the storks can fly, they all likely, including Jasper, assumed Junior could just fly back to the other section of the building, or perhaps were unsure if Junior and Tulip would still be alive, so did not want to risk themselves getting killed.

Casual Person

Question: While Junior initially hesitates to fire Tulip as Hunter orders him to, he does not tell her he was supposed to fire her until after Jasper saves them from the wolves. Why doesn't Junior tell Tulip she's fired earlier when he is upset with her for crashing the plane?

Johman

Chosen answer: He simply does not have the nerve. Even when he is angry with her, he knows telling her she's fired would be incredibly hurtful for Tulip.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Does Tulip really cause the profits to drop dramatically, or is it Hunter's lie to get rid of her?

John Ohman

Chosen answer: Her clumsiness is quite disastrous so it is entirely possible Hunter was telling the truth.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When Nate writes a letter to the Stork company, he writes that he wants a baby brother, not a sister. If the baby-manufacturing machine can read Nate's letter, why does it produce a baby girl instead of a boy? Also, how come the baby girl has pink hair while her mother has platinum blonde hair and her father and brother have brown hair?

Johman

Chosen answer: The baby-manufacturing machine had been shut down for some time when Tulip wrongly inserted the letter requesting a baby boy. The machine, which presumably would not be working efficiently after such a long hiatus, accidentally produced a baby girl. That may be why the hair color did not match either parent. Also, this is an animated film that has little to do with the reality of biology. The baby is a girl, so pink hair would be an obvious choice. If it was a boy, it would probably be blue.

raywest

Question: After shutting down their business in delivering babies, why didn't the storks destroy the baby-manufacturing factory?

Johman

Chosen answer: It could have been for a number of reasons. It would be expensive and time consuming to completely dismantle and remove a large piece of machinery. It may have been something that was being delayed until a later time or was to be sold. Perhaps the machinery, after retooling, would be reused for another purpose, and so on.

raywest

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