It’s the age old question… “where do babies come from?”…
In the movie Storks, this question is toyed with time and time again and in the end is a movie that is both delightable for kids, while having enough spunk to appeal to an adult audience.
The movie starts off explaining the age old story for the mighty stork, a majestic deliverer of the most precious package on earth….babies. Revered by humankind…they always deliver…no matter the weather, no matter the chaotic nature of the child…no matter the location.
Cut to present day, and the great Stork Mountain is no longer the home to a bouncing baby factory, but the headquarters of Cornerstone.com, an Amazon like corporation that utilizes the capabilities of the storks to accommodate deliveries that appeal to more of the consumerist kind.
Junior, a flighty manager at the factory, finds himself nominated for a promotion to be head factory manager by the CEO, Hunter. The only hurdle in his way is that he has been tasked to prove his worth of the new position, by firing one of Cornerstone’s longest serving employees….a fiery redheaded orphan named Tulip. Tulip has been living with storks since birth due to a botched delivery, and today happens to be her 18th birthday. The fact that she was a human living among the birds was not the issue, but more that she was an inventor, and most of her inventions are very glitchy and usually contributed to destroying something in the factory and causing havoc. Junior, not being so cold hearted, decides that instead of firing Tulip, he would just hide her in the old mail room, citing that she was being transferred for her hard work over the years, to keep her from causing any further trouble until he secured his new position in the company. He instructs her to never leave her new office space.
Meanwhile, down in the land of the humans, a young boy named Nate is feeling lonely because his workaholic parents are too busy to spend time with him, and he yearns for a younger brother to play with. Unfortunately, his parents say that getting a baby isn’t that simple. Nate stumbles upon an old brochure that advertised writing to Stork Mountain with a specific request for babies and that a stork would deliver you a tot for your design. Nate decides to write to the storks, and requested a baby brother with awesome ninja skills. He was so excited! He’s even able to get his parents to stop working for a little while and be inspired by the idea that perhaps the storks really will bring a baby to them, so much that they all build a huge contraption on their roof with slides and lights and signs to help guide the stork in the right direction.
Nate’s letter makes its way to the mail room at Stork Mountain, where a surprised Tulip comes upon it. Citing her new duties, Tulip places the letter through a marked mail slot, just outside her office, but this sends Junior into a panic. Junior knows that he will most definitely be fired for both creating an unauthorized infant, and even more for not firing Tulip as ordered. Despite Junior’s attempt to stop the letter, it is sucked up and is sent to the dusty old baby factory that was shut down when the company changed from tots to consumables. The factory comes alive and surprisingly pops out a baby girl inside a metal transport carrier. Tulip and Junior decide to name her Diamond Destiny.
To avoid causing any further disruptions, or getting caught, Junior agrees to help deliver Diamond Destiny. A great adventure insures, including crashing into frozen tundra, being kidnapped by a wolf pack that cannot resist Diamond Destiny’s cuteness, and dealing with a scheming half brained pigeon who is trying to steel Juniors job.
If that wasn’t enough, Junior and Tulip also run into another stork named Jasper, who has been stalking them as they travel to deliver Diamond Destiny. Jasper was the stork that was ultimately the reason for Tulip being orphaned and the main reason of why the baby factory was shut down. He had broken her address beacon because he was overwhelmed with love for her…it was a complete accident. He vowed to make things right and reunite Tulip with her rightful home.
After all of this, Junior’s temper was very trying as he just wanted to be done with this delivery and go home. He blew up on Tulip and scolded her for everything that has happened, ultimately revealing that he was supposed to have fired her. He storms off to finish the delivery of Diamond Destiny by himself.
Junior is caught by Hunter and his cronies, where they take Diamond Destiny for proper disposal. Luckily Tulip comes to the rescue, and ships Junior and herself back to the Cornerstone factory in hopes of saving the day and recovering Diamond Destiny. A fight ensues, but they get the upper hand by activating the baby making machine by flooding it with the pile of unanswered letters as a distraction, causing thousands of babies to be made. The overload of cuteness cripples the attacking storks in their tracks. Hunter refuses to go down without a fight, and tries to attack the trio, and even try and convince Junior to give up Diamond Destiny with a re-offer of the promotion. Junior refuses, and the overload of the infant playfulness from the thousands of new babies, causes Hunter to fall off the cliff, bringing Cornerstone to complete collapse.
Junior rallies the storks to help deliver all of the babies to their respective families, including returning Tulip to her designated family. Tulip is welcomed by her all redheaded family as if they have known her all their lives, even though she is all grown up. Nate is disappointed to receive a baby sister, but once he realizes Diamond Destiny has massive ninja skills, he falls in love with her.
Cornerstone is no more, and Stork Mountain returns to its old ways of making dreams come true for families everywhere by delivering babies.
I have been wanting to see this movie for awhile, simply because you can’t beat a good animated movie and it is one that edges on a chick flick and kiddie flick, but is an overall enjoyable adventure. This movie is truly a family type movie, where there is a lot of comical quip to keep everyone entertained. It is a movie about family and parenthood, and puts a fun spin on the concept of conception. The animation is vibrant and fairly realistic. I enjoyed the energy between characters, and the loving nature of the storyline.