Review: High-concept ‘Storks’ delivers the goods
Busy animated family comedy features voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Anison and Key and Peele
“Storks” takes on the old notion that the large, goofy-looking birds with the long bills are where babies come from. (To any small children reading this: They are indeed where babies come from, and thank you for reading the newspaper!)
This busy animated comedy from Judd Apatow B-player Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) takes its high concept all the way to the clouds, where storks — who have put the baby delivery business on hold — now work at an all-purpose Amazon-like store called cornerstore.com (a site that, weirdly, Warner Bros. didn’t bother securing as a tie-in to the film).
Anyhow, up in the sky, Junior (Andy Samberg) is in line for a promotion, but is tasked with firing Tulip (Katie Crown), a human teen left behind from the factory’s baby-making days.
Down on Earth, Nate (Anton Starkman) is a child whose overworked parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell) don’t have any time for him, so he fires off an order for a new baby brother and begins preparing for the delivery, sending the whole human-stork ecosystem into panic mode.
There’s a lot going on here, including a pack of wolves (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) who can spontaneously form into any number of objects or shapes, and a whole writer’s room worth of stork and bird gags.
There are larger issues surrounding the world of “Storks” involving the creation of human life — it really sort of is up to storks to deliver babies, it seems — but that’s up for discussion on the car ride home.
In the meantime, for good-enough family fun, “Storks” delivers.
Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements
Running time: 100 minutes