Storks is a new computer animated Blu-ray title released by Warner Home Video on December 20th, 2016.
This buddy comedy film was written by Nicholas Stoller.
The movie follows the premise that the storks that used to deliver babies have moved on to the more lucrative package delivery service.
Things get more complicated though when the baby factory gets accidentally restarted.
Storks the Movie
While the storks used to be famous for delivering babies, they now operate Cornerstore, with overnight stork delivery.
The baby delivery was discontinued after the baby Tulip could not be delivered and remained at the company as an orphan.
Now Tulip is 18 years old, but her new ideas for Cornerstore always backfire catastrophically.
Meanwhile top delivery stork Junior is about to be promoted to boss of Cornerstore, on the condition that he Tulip from the company.
Junior cannot find in himself to fire Tulip, so he transfers her to the now vacant mail room and tells her to never leave.
Back in the human world, a young boy named Nate Gardner feels ignored by his super busy parents and yearns for a younger brother.
Nate learns from an old brochure about Cornerstore and their baby service, and writes a letter asking for a baby brother.
The letter gets to Tulip, and she deposits the letter in a slot which re-enables the baby factory, just like the good old days.
A baby girl is created, along with a protective metal container and a homing beacon.
Junior decides he only chance at the promotion is to deliver the baby, but with his recently injured wing, he is going to need Tulip’s help to make it happen.
Storks – My Thoughts
Storks is a fun family movie that builds on the premise of the age old fairy tale that babies are delivered by storks.
While this might feel like a bit of a tired idea, the story is actually very imaginative and is overall a lot of fun.
The plot is much like any buddy movie, with two unlikely heroes trying to meet a goal with a ton of challenges along the way.
While it is on the surface a children’s movie, there is quite some humour for the adults in the film as well.
One of the dangers they face is the threat of wolves, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
The wolves are hilarious and provide a lot of the levity in the film.
Add to that some grown up humour tied into the challenges of parenting, and the film exceeds expectations.
All in all I think Storks is a great choice for all round family viewing.
Storks Cast, Crew and Performance
The voice cast includes Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anton Starkman, Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell.
Storks went on to earn $71.3M at the US box office.
Storks on Blu-ray Disc
The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 24.5 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.
The image quality is top notch here, on a title that also saw release in 3D and 4K Ultra HD with HDR.
The film is bright and colourful throughout, and is a visual delight.
See the details page for Storks for full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc.
The main audio is lossless 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 16-bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 25.1 GB used and is coded for All Regions.
Storks Blu-ray – The Bonus Features
The Blu-ray release for Storks comes with quite a strong collection of supplements for a family movie.
Commentary by Directors Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland, John Venzon and Matt Flynn
Probably the most in depth information about the themes and creation of the movie can be found in the commentary.
The two directors, one of which was the writer, the editor, and the head of story are all present to discuss the movie.
The discussion is lively and covers many different aspects of the film, including the inspiration for the characters and storylines.
Storks: Guide to Your New Baby – 2:08
Pigeon Toady gives his advice on how to care for a newborn baby.
The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short – 5:18
A short from LEGO tells the story of The Master and his trouble with a chicken.
Justin Theroux narrates the story and Jackie Chan voices The Master.
Music Video for Jason Derulo’s Hit Song Kiss the Sky – 3:46
The music video for Kiss the Sky features footage from the Storks movie.
Deleted Scenes with Commentary – 10:05
The deleted scenes can be viewed with or without the commentary by the directors.
The commentary offers insight into why the scenes were not used, and the scenes come in various states of production.
Outtakes – 2:14
Some ‘outtakes’ from the film are fully animated for our amusement.
This release includes a DVD Copy for legacy players and an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.
Storks Blu-ray – Final Thoughts
Storks is a surprisingly strong film with a good mix of humour both for the kids and grown ups.
Warner Home Video has put together a technically strong Blu-ray release with some family friendly extras as well.
The retail price is $35.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $24.99, saving 31%!
Storks Blu-ray Extras:
- Storks: Guide to Your New Baby
- The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short
- Music Video for Jason Derulo’s Hit Song Kiss the Sky
- Deleted Scenes with commentary
- Commentary by Directors
Storks Blu-ray Synopsis:
Storks deliver babies… or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, 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.