Storks

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Storks
Genre: Comedy

Fantasy

Photography: Color
Running Time: 87 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Doug Sweetland

Written by: Nicholas Stoller
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Andy Samberg

Katie Crown

Kelsey Grammer

Jennifer Aniston

Ty Burrell

Keegan-Michael Key

Jordan Peele

Danny Trejo

Storks is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by the Warner Animation Group and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. It is directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland (the latter in his feature debut), written by Stoller and stars the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Stephen Kramer Glickman, and Danny Trejo..

Plot

A hotshot package-delivering stork and a bumbling young inventor, working at the distribution center of an enormous online store, are forced to deliver a baby and must fix the mistake before their boss finds out.

Why it Rocks

  1. For Warner Animation Group's second animated film without the assistance of Lego since Back in Action, the animation is highly bright, colorful, and bouncy with slapstick reminiscent of Warner Bros.' very own Looney Tunes.
  2. Director Nicholas Stoller successfully made the transition from hilarious adult comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall & Neighbors, to equally funny family-oriented fare, like this movie.
  3. A lot of heartwarming moments with the main trio, highly resembling that of real budding parents.
  4. The film excels in absurd, verbal, and quick humor, wolf pack are very comedic, such an example would be the Wolf pack led by a animated version of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.
  5. A highly compelling score provided by Mychael and Jeff Danna with "Holdin' Out", performed by The Lumineers as part of its soundtrack.
  6. The rapid-fire snark between the main characters of Tulip and Junior hearken back to workplace comedies of the 1930s, which is definitely an acquired taste in the post-narrative style of humor found in kids entertainment today.
  7. Excellent voice work, most notably from Kelsey Grammer, Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, and Ty Burrell.
  8. Some really inventive concepts that work in it's fantasy-esque premise, such as a more mechanical take on the original Stork fable, having babies conceived by machines.
  9. Unlike most animated kids, Nate Gardner is a character that doesnt resort to cliches and complain about his overworked parents, but uses their clueless attitudes to his advantage.
  10. The babies are highlights of the film, from neat comedic moments to just being adorable.

Bad Qualities

  1. The plot is extremely thin, which is virtually an extended sitcom-sized premise stretched into an epic road-trip format.
  2. Stephen Kramer Glickman's character, Pigeon Toady, is a highly unlikable character with a highly annoying voice and too few funny moments to make up for it.
  3. The pacing moves at lightspeed, skimming through its 87 minute runtime without any breathing room to savor the experience or give its characters the time/tension to build any real catharsis or change. 
  4. Hunter's death was nothing more than a Disney villain cliche and a little too exaggerated. 

Trivia

  • This film is Warner Animation Group's first non-Lego animated feature film.
  • Different baby sound effects were made to provide both Diamond Destiny's voice and other babies' voices too.
  • The film's poster bears a sharp resemblance to the Shrek 2 release poster.