We popped in Storks hoping it would help avoid “the talk” for about eighteen years, my children secure in the knowledge that babies are delivered to parents via specialized fowl, and NOT BY ANY OTHER WAY, SO STOP ASKING WHERE BABIES COME FROM! But alas, Storks is not about how babies are (not) made.
Storks is a fun, family-friendly animated film about the adventurous delivery of a baby to a family by a stork and a human that that work for an Amazon-like business. As with all my reviews, I’m not giving a play-by-play, and I’m trying not to spoil the story for you.
Overall, I liked it! There is lots of goofy stuff, so turn on your suspension of disbelief and enjoy the show. The casting is great and the premise is good. The story is fast-paced to keep people’s (a child’s) attention, and while there is a lot going on, the plot doesn’t get too deep (though there are some points worth thinking more about); so it is pretty easy for anyone to follow. My favorite elements were Nate and the wolves, especially Alpha and Beta. The absolute worst part of the film is quite strange, but only a minor portion of the experience – the penguins don’t have pupils.
Storks fits right in with many WB animations geared at preteens – not talking down to children, glossing over adult issues like they’re non-existent (as opposed to the tongue in cheek dialogue in films like Shrek), and full of comedy that can be appreciated by all ages. The funniest part, especially in context, is when the “bro” pidgeon sings – watch the subtitles:
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.
Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
The animated adventure “Storks” stars Andy Samberg (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania”), Kelsey Grammer (“Toy Story 2,” “The Simpsons”), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s “Clarence”), Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”), and Danny Trejo (“The Book of Life”).
The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors,” BAFTA nominee for “Muppets Most Wanted”), and Doug Sweetland (supervising animator on “Cars,” Oscar-nominated director of the animated short “Presto”).
Stoller also wrote the “Storks” screenplay, and serves as a producer along with Brad Lewis (“Ratatouille”). The executive producers are Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Jared Stern.
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, “Storks” Own It Now On Digital HD And Blu-Ray™.