Storks: What You Need To Know
Taking its cue from the age-old tale of storks delivering newborn babies, this new animation from Warner Bros. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment sees the winged delivery agents adapting to a changing world and branching out into new territory, with plenty of laughs along the way.
Storks arrives in stores on Monday (February 6th), here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
The array of vocal talent on offer includes Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Anniston, Katie Crown, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo.
And who's directing?
The film is co-directed by Nicholas Stoller - the man behind the lens on films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek - and Doug Sweetland, who has worked on films such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story and The Incredibles, and who makes his feature-length directorial debut here. Stoller has also provided the script for this animated adventure.
What's the plot?
The film is based around the setting of Stork Mountain, the headquarters of the operation that has for years created and delivered babies to expectant parents, but the times are changing and the CEO of the enterprise, Hunter (Grammer), sees a more lucrative future for storks in abandoning the baby delivery business and instead creating a parcel delivery service called Cornerstore.
His son, Junior, is the outfit's top delivery stork and is on the verge of being promoted to an executive position when Hunter requests that he fire Tulip (Crown), a hapless employee who had been the last infant produced by the production line and has since been taken in by the company as an orphan and employee.
Having just turned 18 years old, Tulip is an enthusiastic but disaster-prone employee whose antics are damaging the operation's profitability. Still, Junior is not as hard-headed as his father and is reluctant to get rid of her, but matters take a turn for the unexpected when Tulip receives a letter from a young boy asking for a little brother, and the pair accidentally activates the baby-making machine, producing a baby girl.
Panicked by what Hunter will do if he finds out about the newborn infant, Junior must attempt to keep the girl's birth a secret whilst trying to find a family to take her in, but a pigeon employee at Cornerstore discovers the child and spies an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder to by reporting the incident to Hunter and ruining Junior's chances of a promotion.
Does it deliver?
If you're a fan of 3D animated adventures like the ones that have been so successful from studios like Pixar over the last couple of decades, you'll probably know what to expect from Storks and find plenty to like about it. Katie Crown and Andy Samberg create some great chemistry and there are plenty of gags along the way that make the film as watchable for adults as it is for children. Storks doesn't offer anything particularly new in terms of the genre, but if you're looking for an enjoyable adventure you can watch with the whole family, this is worth a look. You can find a trailer below...