Upon going to see Storks last night, I assumed that it would be an easy peasy feel-good children’s film that I could use to turn off my mind, but I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out otherwise. Storks is a movie that follows in the vein of other such anthropomorphic animal films such as Zootopia in that its depth goes beyond expectations.
Storks focuses on anthropomorphic storks who used to deliver babies, but thanks to the help of the current boss (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) , they have moved onto delivering packages for an online ordering company (the film equivalent of Amazon). Through a series of mishaps, Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown), the only human remnant of the former baby-to-order empire, and Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg), your typical movie bachelor, find themselves having created a baby created by accident. The end goal: get the baby to her family by the end of the weekend, so Junior can retain his promised promotion.
The film also sheds light on the destined family- a young boy named Nate, who is desperately wishing for a baby brother with ninja skills to make up the lack of attention he gets from his workaholic parents, Sarah and Henry Gardner (voiced by Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell) . Over the course of the film, the idea of this baby brings them together into an actual family unit, promoting the idea of emotional ties over the commercial aspect of life.
Similarly, Junior learns about the strength of emotional ties himself when delivering the “package”, as he refers to the baby for most of the film in an attempt not to become emotionally attached to her. However, love is shown is actions as well, not always words as he and Tulip stay up all night trying to get the baby to fall asleep. Slowly, his icy exterior melts as his relationship with Tulip and the baby develops. Though there’s no active mention of romance, Tulip and Junior’s relationship expands into one of true friendship- when Tulip finds her real family, Junior is immediately pulled into the fold.
I would give the film a B+/A- for the animation, the voice acting and the depth. However, be warned that at times, the plot can get a bit hectic. It needs to be wrapped a little tighter, and it can be slightly immature at times, but the film touches on different types of family, from adoptive, to communal (in the form of a wolf pack that falls in love with the baby’s cuteness), showing that there are so many different types of family, breaking apart from the stereotypical mold.