Storks movie full length review - "Storks" is everything most Movie Fans want from an animated family film.
"You had to be there!" Have you ever said that while retelling a funny story which seems to be losing something in the explanation? Well, that's how I feel writing this review.
There are so many moments in the animated family film "Storks" (PG, 1:29) that I want to explain examples of how entertaining this movie is, but I don't think mere words can do it justice. Consider the following: Birds often fly into glass, wolves travel and work together in packs and babies are irresistible. These ordinary-sounding facts become great sight gags in the hands of "Storks" directors Nicholas Stoller (who also wrote the script) and Doug Sweetland (in his feature film directorial debut). I could explain the scenes in question, but my descriptions would never be the same as being there and seeing all this play out yourself. You probably also know that penguins go to great lengths to protect their young, bored employees do strange things to entertain themselves at work and adults will do almost anything to make sure a sleeping baby stays asleep. (Funny stuff! Trust me!) Oh, and (of course) storks deliver human babies to their waiting families.
Correction: Storks USED TO deliver babies. A stork honcho named Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammar) stopped the legendary practice eighteen years ago, deciding that there was more profit in having his feathered employees deliver packages. (Picture Amazon using drones with beaks.) Now, Hunter supervises the business CornerStore.com, and his best delivery stork is a hot young employee called Junior (Andy Samberg), who has just completed his one millionth delivery. Hunter is about to become president of the company and he plans to pass the responsibilities of the company's daily operations to Junior. This blows Junior's mind (which we see play out literally), but Hunter has one condition before he makes the promotion official. Junior has to fire Tulip (Katie Crown), the sole human who works there.
Firing an employee whose hair-brained ideas create more problems than they solve seems a small price to pay to become the boss, but little in this movie comes easy for Junior ? or goes according to plan. Tulip is a strange, but sweet young lady who became stranded on Stork Mountain when the address to which she was to be delivered was accidentally lost by a stork named Jasper (Danny Trejo). Tulip, the last baby made at the facility, was stuck living there and it's the only home she's ever known. Taking pity on her, instead of firing her, Junior puts Tulip in charge of the (unbeknownst to her) defunct mailroom. She's excited about her "promotion", but soon finds it necessary to keep herself entertained in the large empty room by talking to herself (actually, having conversations with herself, while adopting different personas)? until one day that a letter actually shows up in the mailroom? the old fashioned way! A young boy named Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman), whose workaholic real estate agent parents (Ty Burrell and Jennifer Aniston) practically ignore him, writes to the storks requesting a baby brother ("with mad ninja skills"). The conscientious Tulip, trying to figure out where she's supposed to take that letter, accidentally puts it in the dormant baby-making machine, which fires right up and creates a baby! In a panic, Junior sets out to deliver the infant before Hunter finds out what happened, but an injured wing forces him to depend on Tulip to help him complete his mission. On their journey, they start to bond with the little one, but that's just the beginning of the complications for this odd couple. They soon run afoul of a couple of wolves (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) who lead a very team-oriented, resourceful and persistent pack. A CornerStore.com employee, of the pigeon persuasion (Stephen Kramer Glickman), starts to figure out what is going on and threatens to ruin everything for Junior. (The character, Pigeon Toady, is written and performed to be annoying, and is so effective, he risks annoying the audience at times.) Meanwhile, Nate gets his parents to help him build a landing pad for the storks on their roof. It's a true bonding and emotionally rejuvenating experience for the Gardner family? and Nate's parents can't bring themselves to tell him that storks don't even deliver babies anymore.
"Storks" is everything most Movie Fans want from an animated family film. It's original, clever, funny, adorable, wonderfully animated and voiced, and is likely to please kids as well as adults, no matter how long ago the stork delivered them. Actually, there's so much going on in this movie, some of it may be lost on younger kids, but there's nevertheless still plenty for them to enjoy. This movie rarely hits a sour note, but its appeal is hard to describe. You just gotta be there! "A"