Welcome to the last animation review of this year! This time, I want to briefly talk about one of the best overlooked animated movies of 2016 – Storks.
IMDb summary: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
- Storks was written by Nicholas Stoller, who also co-directed the picture. Stoller has worked on The Muppets movies as well as recent comedies such as Neighbors 1 +2, Sex Tape, Zoolander 2, and The Brothers Grimsby. Storks, to my mind, might be his best movie yet because of its neat and inventive story. Stoller and his co-director Doug Sweetland (a longtime Pixar animator) created a really adorable animated picture.
- Advertised as a super childish film, Storks actually dealt with pretty adult problems, such as finding and building a career, parenting, and consumerism. It also touched upon the ideas on how to show one’s feeling and how to find one’s place. The film also had a very liberal, open and worth celebrating view on a family. In general, its story was very heart warming.
- I’d like to also celebrate Storks for taking such an old and traditional myth and revamping it for a new generation. The fact that the film had adults jokes that weren’t raunchy or sexual should also be praised. Nevertheless, the film had enough funny moments that were understandable to kids. The wolf pack, as well as the pigeon lad, were probably the easiest jokes that the movie made.
- The voice cast did a good job, the standouts to me were Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, and Andy Samberg.
- Before the main feature, The Lego Ninjago short was screened so as to promote all the upcoming The Lego Movie spin-offs, namely The Lego Batman movie that comes out in February and The Lego Ninjago film that will premiere in September. The short picture was cute and funny. I’m still amazed by this style of animation and I can’t wait to see the feature flicks next year.
In short, Storks was a lovely little movie that was both funny and engaging. The adorable animation didn’t hurt the picture either.
Trailer: Storks trailer