In a year that saw Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets, one animated movie about anthropomorphic animals that remains relatively quiet is Storks. To help turn the beat around ahead of the film’s release more than a month away on September 23 is a new trailer touting Jason Derulo’s “Kiss the Sky.”
Despite the name, Storks isn’t about these birds delivering babies, but rather what they deliver now. That would be our other “babies” — phones, computers, and other tech from the online retailer CornerStore.com, based on their perch on Stork Mountain. When their top delivery stork accidentally activates the baby-making machine, he sets out on a mission with the only human on Stork Mountain to deliver the infant.
Watch the trailer below:
Perhaps it speaks to how audiences (especially critics) are bored with the state of the 2016 movie slate, but it seems odd that Storks has barely been a presence in the conversation. The voice cast is solid with Andy Samberg, Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s Clarence), Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Danny Trejo. Even the directors — Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Doug Sweetland of the Oscar-nominated short film Presto — is noteworthy. Also, Stoller wrote the screenplay.
Maybe the problem is the marketing. This trailer, too, seems a bit too long with too much time spent on the pay-off, though I will admit a few moments (like the wolves licking the baby’s cheeks and the glass scene) made be legitimately LOL.
Check out the official plot synopsis below:
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable, and wholly unauthorized, baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.