It’s a myth we’re all familiar with—the idea of storks delivering babies—so familiar that it begs the question: what took so long for someone to make a movie out of it? Well, we finally have the animated adventure “Storks” by the studio behind “The Lego Movie.” And what better storytelling team could we ask for than that?
“Storks” delivers (no pun intended) on every front. A movie can’t stand on two legs if it only has an interesting concept—luckily, Storks has more than enough humor and heart to keep audiences soaring. The character motivations are predictable, but the film in no way feels like a cookie-cutter plot, perhaps because of its fun, risk-taking premise.
Junior, a top stork working for the delivery company Cornerstore, is about to be promoted to being boss. His only requirement is that he doesn’t spectacularly fail at his job over the weekend. However, a wrench is thrown into his plans when he meets Orphan Tulip, an 18-year-old who has lived with the storks all her life. When she inadvertently creates an unauthorized baby, the two must team up to deliver the baby to the right family before big boss Hunter finds out.
The animation and character design is fresh if not barrier breaking. It’s the characters’ personalities that make them memorable: Junior, the ambitious employee too “manly” to express any sentimental feelings, Tulip, the happy-go-lucky, exceedingly clumsy adventurer, and The Baby, the wide-eyed pink-haired bundle of cuteness that will win everyone’s hearts. The supporting cast of characters are hardly forgettable—boss Hunter, the Wolf Pack, who consistently defy the laws of nature, Pigeon Toady, whose “cool vibes” are hilariously cringe worthy, and the human Gardner family whose jokes about childhood and growing up hit very close to home.
It’s the hardest I’ve laughed in a theater for a while. The humor is smart, snappy, sometimes blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, sometimes belly cramp inducing. Some of the funniest jokes will actually fly over kids’ heads—not because it’s mature or inappropriate, but because it digs deeper into the heart of the movie: the theme of family. Wiping away tears, I left the theater thinking “Storks” is the type of movie where the older you are, the more you’ll love and appreciate it.