7 / 10
- Animation was pretty nice. I loved how it compliments the fast paced humor and tone of the film.
- Voice acting was great. I especially loved the chemistry between Andy Samberg and Katie Crown, who voiced the two main protagonists, Junior and Tulip respectively.
- Jokes were funny, and surprisingly clever.
- Musical scoring was excellent.
- Cinematography was great; especially during the flight sequences.
- 3-D version of this film was great. Definitely worth seeing in 3-D if you can afford it.
- There's a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies in the story.
- Apart from the two main characters, most of the supporting cast isn't that interesting.
- Weak cliched script that's very predictable.
- Although I doubt most people will notice this, but if you look closely enough, then you can tell the animators use the same model for all the babies. Granted, they do change up the hair style, skin tone and eyes a bit, in order to create the illusion that each baby looks different. However, you can tell by the way they move, and the shape of their bodies, that they're all based on the same character model. Not saying it's a bad thing because it's natural for animation studios to do things like this to save money, but it's worth pointing out.
So part of the reason storks stopped delivering babies is because humans had other ways of getting them? You don't say....
"Storks" may not be the groundbreaking film that other classics like "Frozen" and "Zootopia" were upon their theatrical releases, but it's arguably a fun movie that gives you lots of laughs for the entire family. Like some of the old cartoon shorts, this story takes place in a world where animals can talk, and storks have been delivering babies for what seems like centuries.
It's never revealed why they ever started to deliver human babies around the world to people, nor does the film ever mention how long it's been done. All we're given is a brief story about how the storks used to deliver human babies around the world, after making them in their baby making machine, which can transform atoms from letters to create human children? Um...makes sense...
Anyways, to make a long story short, one of the storks (by the name of Jasper) falls in love with one of the babies, which causes a huge scene that inevitably leads to the storks changing their business to an online store; similar to Amazon or E-Bay. Before I go any further, I would like to go over a few things.
First of all, part of the reason they changed their company from a baby delivering service to an online store is because a stork fell in love with a baby that caused a huge scene? And out of all the years that the storks were delivering babies, this has never happened before? So Jasper is the only stork that ever fell in love with a baby this much that caused a huge scene to where the baby never got delivered? Is that what this film is saying? However, the plot holes don't end there. They claim that running an online store is way more profitable than a baby delivering company. Um..okay, but here's an idea.
If you're interested in making money so much, then why not tweak that freaking baby making machine, and try to use it to create other things? Or for that matter, why not just sell that thing for science?
Have the storks never thought about this? I mean you have a freaking machine that can manipulate atoms, from a freaking letter, to somehow morph it into a living human baby? Don't you think this would change the world of science as we freaking know it? Granted, I know it's just a cartoon, but it still baffling to me. Another problem that I have with this is the fact it's never revealed on how the storks were getting paid, when they used to deliver babies.
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Sure, you can rationalize how they were getting paid, when they ran the online store. That's easy to explain, but how do they collect money for the baby delivery service? From the way it's shown in the movie, people would write them letters asking for a baby. They'd put the unopened letters into the machine, and the machine makes a babies out of the letters, so the storks can deliver them. Again, how do you get paid? Sure, you could argue that maybe the payment is in the envelopes themselves, but they never open them. Not to mention the fact that they even acknowledge at one point that another reason they stopped delivering children is because humans had other means of having kids, without their help. Gee, you don't say?
Like "Hook", this film is riddled with plot holes, and inconsistencies, that it raises far too many questions. If anything, it's probably best not to think about them too much. Moving on..
The baby inevitably grows up to be a young woman named Tulip, who works at the storks' online delivery service. Unfortunately, she sucks at her job, but they legally can't get rid of her because she's still a child. However, upon her eighteenth birthday, Junior is ordered to fire her for gross incompetence. Junior is a stork, who's worked for the company for years. Although it's established early on that Tulip knew about him, but he apparently never talked to her before. Why this is the case is never explained, but it's briefly mentioned, when Tulip and him meet for the first time.
To make a long story short, Junior can't go through with it, so he lies to her. He basically tells her they moved her to the letter sorting department, where he hopes to keep out her out of site by the CEO. Unfortunately, a neglected child writes a letter to the storks; requesting a baby brother. And through a series of random events, a new baby is born, and it's up to Junior and Tulip to deliver the baby to her new family.
The story for the most part is pretty cut and dry, with the stereotypical "liar revealed" cliche mixed in for good measure. And apart from Tulip and Junior, most of the supporting characters are uninteresting, as they come off as generic stereotypes. However, they are funny though, so that kind of makes up for it.
While Junior does have some of his freak out moments, he's mostly the straight man for this film. Meanwhile, Tulip's personality is reminiscent of Babs Bunny, from "Tiny Toons." At times, she can be emotional, sweet and caring. But at other times, she can be downright insane and bombastic, which makes her a perfect contrast for Junior in this film.
Apart from the film's weak characterization and plot holes, the humor more than makes up for it. Like "Hotel Transylvania", the humor is fast paced, with a bit of slapstick thrown in, which makes it enjoyable to watch.
The animation compliments the humor quite well, as it moves fluidly to compliment how fast the humor is. For example. When our heroes are being chased by wolves, they keep forming various objects that you'd think would be impossible for them to achieve. Like when the alpha wolf says, "Wolf pack! Form of a wolf car!" And then it's followed by them forming a car out of wolves, which is both funny and rather innovative in itself.
Granted, the animation isn't anything too special, nor would I say it carries the same level of detail as something like "Zootopia." However, it's serviceable for the most part, and it flows nicely with the film's humor and tone.
While I doubt seriously "Storks" will garner any award consideration for next year, it's still a funny animated comedy that the entire family can enjoy. It's a fun movie, with a lot of great voice acting and comedy. Granted, it may not be the best written family comedy out there, but if you're looking for a halfway decent comedy to take your kids to, then "Storks" is worth checking out in theaters.
© 2016 Steven Daniels