review by Bobby Blakey
These days animated films are a dime a dozen with a new one hitting theaters every few months and even more hitting the straight to home entertainment market every week. Most of them are either really bad or so average they get lost in the sea of them that are released, but there are those that stand out and those that just manage to hit the something special to take them to the next level. The latest, Storks features a great voice cast including Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo, and Ike Barinholtz, but can it bring something that helps it stand out to the table or will it be unable to deliver?
Storks follows the world of storks that no longer deliver babies, but instead packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, 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. I was a little surprised that this was a Nicholas Stoller directed film since I was more familiar with his work directing films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and Neighbors. I love when I see a film like this and find out that it comes from someone I am a fan of, but would be the last person I expected to have done it. With that being said I found the trailers for this film to be entertaining enough, but never was fully sold.
I had very low expectations going into this and must say I actually enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. The story is so farfetched that it works and in animated worlds you tend to buy way more into these kinds of things. The idea of the corporate world and that of the over focus on work makes this a story with a lot more depth than you might think. Make no mistake it is not a deep movie by any means, but it is taking real life situations and dealing with it in this silly universe. There are a lot of laughs here with a lot of memorable characters and over the top scenarios that are a staple for these kinds of animated features. The animation was vibrant and well executed with some great character designs made all the better with a great voice cast.
This is far from a perfect film and for most will no doubt probably fall in the middle of the line, but maybe my expectations were so low that I had no hopes because I ended up finding it to be a fun time. It’s not one I would watch again, but can see this being a favorite to a lot of the younger audience it was intended for. In addition to the film this release offers up numerous bonus features including a music video, deleted scenes, outtakes, an all-new animated short and so much more. Join the deliveries and check out Storks available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.