Storks movie is high on slapstick humour, chucklesome one-liners and an intelligently thought of oscillating story line. Even though Storks is like a constant roadrunner of a movie, which raises question about its editing, it still manages to rake you in with its primal theme – Baby! Isn’t that a winning idea per se?
The Concept of Storks
Well, this one is an old one actually. The notion “storks deliver babies” finds its roots deep in European folklore. The fanciful imagination of how Storks would listen to crooning new parents thereby tending to their wants, has found new angles every now and then. Not long ago, in the year 2009 we were served a beautiful short called “Partly Cloudy” by Pixar which had briefly yet amiably touched that very area. Now, with Warner Bros. Animation bringing back the idea to a fully-fledged version in the form of a movie, the concept literally brims alive.
Plot of the Storks Movie (Spoilers Ahead)
Storks have put an end to their baby delivering business. Cornerstone, their company has now moved on to a much profitable business of providing postal services. Headed under the aegis of Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the visionary is about to promote Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg), the top deliverer of Cornerstone, to the position of ‘Boss’. However, he requires him to fire a girl named Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown), who was Cornerstone’s last undelivered baby. Tulip is trying her best to fit in the lifestyle of Storks, but unfortunately she is an epitome of obliteration, and Hunter wants him gone.
Meanwhile at Earth, a kid is trying his best to catch his busy parents’s attention. The ignored head Nate (Anton Starkman) is keen on having a baby brother so that he could have someone to play with. He writes a letter (or did an adult write that? :P) that gets delivered to Cornerstone. In a series of accidental chaotic events, where Junior is trying to get rid of Tulip, the old baby delivering machine becomes functional with that letter and a baby is produced. Boy, is she the cutest thing?
What follows is one hell of a roller-coaster ride, with Junior trying to deliver the baby to its rightful address alongside Tulip, before anyone in the Cornerstone knows about it.
Storks movie packs in humour aplenty. The non-stop fun comedy will not let you settle down a bit. It is constantly trying to tickle you, sometimes too hard, sometimes effortlessly. The fact that the movie is so much reflective of our day to day work makes things even more relatable. That’s primarily why you laugh hard too.
In their little adventure to deliver the baby, Tulip and Junior come across an insane wolf pack that can take the shape of anything from a bridge to a boat to a submarine. It is hands down one of the funniest bits in the movie. Alpha Wolf and Beta Wolf are voiced by none other than Key and Peele themselves.
Also, the part where an army of silent Penguins tries to attack the lead characters making sure that the baby doesn’t wake up, will have you in fits of laughter. Pigeon Toady voiced by Stephen Kramer Glickman is one psychotic angle to the tale that blends in a little perversion with fun.
The movie also tries to do a little mockery of how the advent of baby in one’s life changes so many things for parents. It goes on to show that insane cuteness comes at a price!
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Issues with the flick
One apparent downside that vexes you a bit is how Storks literally gallops. It is a constant run of frames that doesn’t stop even for a second to breathe. At times it tries its level best to pass on even average jests with its swift gait, so that you move on quickly to the next.
With no gravitas in its frames, the Storks movie fails to uplift the emotional quotient that the movie at one point tries to bank on. In that respect it stays miles away from the likes of Pixar. Everything stays scooched under 1 hour 27 minutes of screen-time, even though we could have really used a better editing.
The Final Verdict
Even though Storks movie fails to do a Pixar in matters of sentient stories, it entertains us nevertheless with its snappy slapstick humour. The collaboration resuscitates the old forgotten lore that tries to celebrate lost stories. Even with its fun standpoint, we do get a comical entertainer in the end, and that’s what really matters.
If you wish to watch a whole load of cute, cuddlesome and Awwwwws, Storks is just the movie for you.
Here’s one cute trailer of Storks for you: