We have seen our fair share of animated bird movies. Some were good; some were bad. Storks attempts to fly high.
From the director of the Neighbors franchise (Nicholas Stoller) and one of the animators of Pixar films (Doug Sweetland), Storks stars Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, and Kelsey Grammer in a film that is centered in the old answer to the old question “Where do babies come from?”
18 years since the Stork company shut down its baby making factory, CEO Hunter (Grammer) asks the assistance of Junior (Samberg), the top delivery clerk, to fire the company’s only human employee, Tulip (Crown). Taking pity on Tulip, Junior reassigned her in the mail department. Meanwhile, Nate Gardner (Anton Starkman), who does not know that the Storks only deliver packages now, writes a letter to the Storks to request a baby brother. Receiving the mail, Tulip placed the letter in a slot in a room outside the mail department. The slot turns out to be the baby making machine. To hide the big mistake he made, Junior reluctantly helps Tulip deliver the baby to the Gardners.
The best thing about Storks is the sub-plot of the Gardners. The story was more engaging and more relatable to the audience. Nate’s need for a younger brother was the catalyst of both the build the house and deliver the baby narratives.
It was honestly a wasted potential not to focus more on the Gardners. The baby delivery of Tulip and Junior seems to be the prolonged sub-plot of the film. It was not engaging enough for someone to invest much his time.
The film’s humor was definitely for kids. Much of the humor comes from scenes similar to those random scenes in Family Guy. Some fall flat; some were laugh out loud funny. Alpha and Beta (Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele) stole the show with their pack’s insane physics defying maneuvers.
Hunter (Grammer) was an antagonist for the sake of the film to have one. His motivations for his actions were not explored enough (though he is right in a business standpoint).
The last scene, however, was a bit of a mystery. Are those same-sex couples featured in the storks deliver the babies montage? If yes, props to the animation studio.
Storks has its hits and a lot of misses. Due to inconsistent humor and a wrongly prioritized narrative, this film is only…