My reaction to Storks: Whether Warner Animation Group intended to create the perfect trifecta or not… they did! Babies and animals, all in an animated movie… children need nothing else. Don’t worry, you’ll enjoy it too. The struggles of parenting are highlighted in a humors way.
The premise: Cornerstone.com delivered babies by stork, until the BOSS (Kelsey Grammar) decided that baby delivery was too much trouble/not profitable enough. A little girl named Orphan Tulip (Katie Crown) was the last baby produced by the factory before its closure. She lived her life among the storks for 18 years after her own delivery went wrong, never truly fitting in. Tulip was a clumsy, accident prone “problem,” that now had reached fire-able age.
Junior (Cornerstone.com’s top preforming postal delivery stork) and Tulip’s lives collide when Junior (Andy Samberg), receives the promise of a promotion once he fires Tulip. Junior fails to “liberate her” which causes a chain reaction that ultimately leads to the accidental creation of a baby girl in the abandoned stork baby making factory. The baby was requested in a letter by a little boy named Nate. His parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell), workaholics too preoccupied to spend time with him.
Junior and Tulip decide to secretly deliver the baby to her parents, hoping the BOSS doesn’t become aware that a baby was ever created. They experience some minor, yet funny struggles in parenthood along the way and by the end of the journey the pair become a family unit of their own. Simultaneously, Nate and his parents have an awakening.
There are some reviews out there claiming Storks was created for parents. Honestly, family movie reviewers baffle me. For example, I read the rave reviews for Inside Out. Yet, when I went to see the movie, there probably wasn’t a more disinterested child in the world that day than those in the theater. Inside Out is the only movie that my children, their friends and acquaintances have never asked to watch. Sure, a child will watch the film for a few minutes before they walk away, bored to tears. Inside Out is not a kids movie. All that being said, I liked Inside Out and thought it was beautifully animated, but reviews/reviewers for kids movies should take the children into consideration, not just the parents who may have forgotten what interested them as a child. Like I said, Warner Animation Group gave children what they want: babies and animals, all wrapped up in an animated movie.
From a child’s point of view: Best movie of the year! Although, my children love going to the movies and are mostly well behaved (they will whisper for water, need a snack and one if not both will end up on my lap at some point). Well, that didn’t happen for the first time ever! They both forgot they had snacks in their little hands, didn’t budge once and stared in awe at the movie. There wasn’t a dissatisfied customer in the theater. The noises that were being uttered were mostly Oh’s and Aw’s. Little boys and girls whispered to their parents, “That baby looks like my (brother or sister)!” Some other chatter included children asking their parents for another brother or sister. None of the noise was disruptive and all came from joy. Many children in the theater let out a roar of laughter when a pack of wolves entered the movie (subplot), the kids couldn’t get enough.
My final thoughts: I enjoyed the movie as well as every kid in the theater. There have been some negative reviews and I hope they are not being read and convincing anyone not to go, because I think you might miss out on your child’s favorite movie.
I am not a movie reviewer, a film buff, or well versed in cinema history. You do not want to read my movie reviews if you want a play-by-play of the technical insights of the cinematic experience or a smart rant by a “film snob.” I am, however, a mother of two very small children: a baby and a toddler. My children have seen every kids movie in the theaters since their birth. They love going to the theater, and my toddler always offers up her own review after. Not only will my reviews briefly discuss my feelings, but also my children’s reaction to the movie. These reviews may have a lot more to do with a child’s point of view than many others. Many times I have a very different reaction than my children. I am also usually alone, taking my children to the movies. I do not have a pen and paper, writing down my analysis as I watch. I experience the movie with a baby on my lap, a toddler seated next to me, doling out snacks, water and hugs as I watch.