I know it’s late to do a review on ‘Storks’, but I finally had the chance to see this amazingly animated comedy featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, and many others last night at a great theater called “Carmike Cinemas” with a friend. It was one of the movies that we ended up seeing for our double feature outing, (I will get to the other movie in the next review.) and I sat there enjoying almost every minute of it. The animation in ‘Storks’ is as crisp and light as the movie being presented; Warner Animation Group definitely has a knack for the process of animation, ever since ‘The LEGO Movie’ in 2014. (their first outing as an animation studio which was made to look as stop-motion and done with real LEGO as possible.) Seriously though, if you want to compete with Pixar’s quality of animation, then this is the way of doing it.
Once you sit down to watch this fun adventure, it’s really hard to get up out of your seat. You’re fully immersed in a world that is jaw-dropping and very fast-paced, from its intro with your cliché hero narrating the events of his life to its sentimental/heartwarming ending. The expressive voice work of Andy Samberg and Katie Crown could be hard to sit through, but helps add to the personalities of the respective characters they are voicing; a stork named Junior, who dreams of being promoted by his boss (Voice of Kelsey Grammer) at Cornerstone.com, where instead of delivering babies, all storks deliver packages; and Tulip, the orphan who was left there due to a mishap involving another stork, yet dreams of finding her family somewhere. The voice work also adds to the chemistry between the two characters as they bicker while trying to deliver a baby in secret after a letter gets sent to the old baby factory, where babies are literally created.
The adventure is a ton of fun to watch, despite moments that don’t make sense, yet are used to make its audience laugh. (A huge chase sequence involving a pack of wolves that come together to form shapes in whatever is useful at the time.) Speaking of trying too hard for comedy, the animators spend a lot of time trying to make Junior and Tulip’s faces as expressive as they can; this could go wrong, if not for the comedic energy Samberg and Crown provide. Even if the voice actors may not be in the same recording booth, (It’s normal for animated movies, such as ‘Wreck-It Ralph’.) you can still feel the chemistry brush off these characters in the best way possible. The many jokes in this movie are clever and self-aware, even if the film feels like it’s trying too hard to be funny. (A pigeon with the voice of Stephen Kramer Glickman who works at Cornerstone.com and is trying to catch Junior and Tulip is the only worst attempt at comic relief there is in this movie and made me cringe.)
Setting this story in motion is a kid (Voice of Anton Starkman) who writes a letter to the storks telling them to give him a baby brother since his workaholic parents (Voices of Ty Burrell and Jennifer Aniston) don’t really have time for him. At first, I wasn’t sure how this subplot was going to work, but it ended up adding to the film’s heart and an important lesson on enjoying the little moments in life. The film doesn’t focus on them as much, which could either be a good or bad thing. For me, it’s a decent subplot that was only used when needed and didn’t serve as a distraction from the main plot. I had a good feeling about ‘Storks’ judging by its second trailer and I can tell you this: I felt better about what I was watching, especially after being subjected to the negativity of last week’s politics.