Review: High-concept ‘Storks’ delivers the goods

Busy animated family comedy features voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Anison and Key and Peele

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

“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.


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Rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements

Running time: 100 minutes