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Storks is the latest animated film from Warner Bros. Animation. It is written and directed by Nicholas Stoller alongside Doug Sweetland. It features the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.
The story centers around a company run by storks. They used to deliver babies, but now they deliver packages, as it is more profitable. When one stork in particular accidently ends up in possession of a child, he and an orphan that lives at the company must try and find this baby’s home.
Storks may be one of the biggest pleasant surprises of the year so far. It’s an incredibly fun family film that has moments of enjoyment not only for kids but for their parents as well.
This film is the definition of a family movie. There are so many underlining themes about what it means to be a family throughout this film that would be difficult to imagine watching it without a family member. There are many different themes throughout this film, and they all serve a purpose.
If you can get past the first fifteen to twenty minutes of this film, then you’re in the clear. The opening of this film was rough. It almost immediately feels like the kind of film that is made exclusively for kids and anybody else would be checking their watches constantly throughout it. However, after that initial fifteen to twenty minutes, this film becomes much, much better.
The voice talents in this film did very good jobs, particularly Andy Samberg. In fact, he did such a good job that I didn’t even realize it was him until about half way through the film. The rest of the voice cast also fit their roles really well, especially Key and Peele as the two wolves. Those wolves provided some of the most absurdly entertaining parts in the film.
This film does have some major weaknesses in it. One, in particular, comes in the form of a pigeon. This pigeon may be one of the most annoying characters in an animated film recently. He was such an unnecessary piece to this puzzle, and it was painfully obvious that he was there exclusively to make five-year-olds laugh. Granted, this is an animated film, but it’s more of a family film than a kid film. The inclusion of this character might make the kids laugh, but to adults, it’s cringe worthy.
The plot in the film is pretty predictable at times. As you might expect, they run into problems along the way and they overcome those problems fairly quickly. The overarching antagonistic force throughout the film was very weak, and it made the plot a little less interesting. Also, throughout the film, it cuts away to the family that the baby is to be delivered to. The story with that family had some good lessons to it, but it didn’t add anything to the overall plot.
The biggest thing I have to say about Storks is that it features one of the best fight scenes in an animated film that I’ve ever seen. They showed it a little in the trailers, I won’t spoil it here. All I will say is that it was incredibly clever, and it made for probably the funniest moment of the film.
Storks was by no means an amazing movie. I was expecting this movie to be sort of mediocre, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really enjoyable family film. The voice actors all did very good jobs, the themes about family worked well, and it features one of the best fight scenes in an animated film. I thought Storks was extremely clever, and I would definitely recommend it.
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