Always Deliver
Review by Ross Anthony

The trailer for Storks looks thrilling, but those first 25 minutes are rather stuck. One of the film's main characters sums it up when she says, "boring, boring, boring." Honestly, I considered getting up and leaving the building. Especially after tolerating the 8-minute-ish "The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short" that preceded - lots of noise, very little substance or humor (at least for adults -- kids might love it).

But all is not lost, the wolves say the day. The Storks story, while admittedly interesting on paper, is just a bit annoying until a pack of gnarly wolves comes across the innocent infant. I think it was the first time I laughed. And not just a snicker, but a belly laugh that re-ignited hope. From there, I was able to better appreciate the banter between Stork and Tulip, plus the film seemed to finally find its gait. I dare say, I enjoyed the movie from there, the giggles and snort quota rose and the film offered up yet another belly-laugh moment with a near-silent fight scene (as not to wake the baby). Very funny.

Were this submitted by a student, I'd have sent it back with these comments: You've got something really sweet here. The animation/art direction are wonderful. Rework the first 25 minutes -- ditch and start over if you have to. Then pump up the emotional content. This has great potential to be funny and endearing, just need to dig a little deeper. Remember, if you fail to connect with audiences in those first 10 minutes -- you may lose them all together.

-- Books by Ross Anthony, Author/Illustrator --

  • Storks. Copyright © 2016.
  • Starring Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammar. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. Written by Nicholas Stoller. Warner Bros.

Grade..........................B- (1.5/4)

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