We all know where babies come from. No, not that way. Bundled in a sheet and carried via airway by the storks, of course. Bad Neighbours director Nicholas Stoller teams with Disney team member Doug Sweetland to create a family fable that pays tribute to those classic stories of a baby’s natural arrival via the collective team that brought us The Lego Movie.
Storks have gradually moved from baby delivery to an Amazon-like package delivery service. When a young boy wishes for a sibling, his letter to the storks inadvertently gets in the hands of the only human working in the storks territory high up in the clouds, a girl named Orphan Tulip whose accident prone-self lands her in continual mischief. In a bid to become boss, Junior, the best delivering stork, must get rid of Tulip, therefore both end up in a whirlwind of trouble as they attempt to deliver a baby to her rightful family, all-the-while attempting not to kill each other along the way.
The Lego Movie‘s fierce following sky rocketed Warner Animation to heights that appeared out of nowhere. It was original and where animation is heading nowadays is becoming a universal treat for all ages; visuals to entice the young’uns and jokes that are thrown with physical and witty effect. Whilst the premise of Storks is undeniably screwball — the situations are so barbarically farfetched that complete disbelief is merely expected — there’s something wholly heartwarming that culminates in one of the year’s most surprising and utterly hilarious family fares.
Comedic god Andy Samberg delivers with a thumping array of witty one-liners and comical wonderment as the titular stork putting up with Adventure Time and Bob’s Burgers voice actress Katie Crown as Orphan Tulip, the scarlet-haired, frenzied, fluttery and hellishly over-excited female counterpart that balances Junior’s droll outlook on life. Both spare with a sharp repartee, a crosstalk with phenomenal and polarising hilarity.
Co-characters that can only be described to have been written in a frenzy of Red Bulls come thick and fast, including a wolf pack with intense team-building skills, an army of penguins and a boss, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, whose use of glass as a power move is written with superb accuracy that whilst looks fabulous can only fully be appreciated by minds twelve and over.
Beneath such wit lays heart, however. Stoller and Sweetland’s fittingly madcap romp ignites powerful and hella hearty laughs throughout, but coming to the family to which the story revolves around — a young boy whose workaholic parents find difficulty in spending moments with their precocious kid — extend entirely the film’s core of the morals and meaning of family.
It continually surprises with the laughs as much as there’s an aim to avoid pre-destined plot points. Both directors are hits with comedy, but both are fittingly paired to splice together two comedic flares that ultimately does make Storks a relentless, universal treat.
Dir: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
Scr: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key
Prd: Nicholas Stoller
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna
DOP: Simon Dunsdon
Runtime: 87 minutes