• by Wes Singleton

Storks, C+


Rated PG, 90 minutes

The energetic new animated comedy "Storks" plays with the notion of where babies come from, in the same manner that all Christmas presents come from Santa Claus and all Easter Eggs from the Easter Bunny. It has a fun idea and filled with some clever moments that should still please the young set, but its clunky, muddled narrative may provoke more questions for parents to find a good explanation for where babies really do come from. Storks deliver babies -- or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company's top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss finds out. Co-directed by Nicholas Stoller of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Muppets" and "Toy Story" animated Doug Sweetland and written by Stoller, "Storks" is colorfully voiced and peppered with enough spirit to keep the movie flowing through weak storytelling that may both amuse and baffle adults. This is a land where it was generally accepted that babies came delivered to parents doorstep by the storks, though it's never really explained how or if any babies are delivered now: are there just less children now since it was obviously up to the storks to deliver them in the first place? I digress, but unanswered plot points such as this are confusing, especially near the end when they start delivering them again (and no worries, I'm not giving away any spoilers). Through it all, there's still some fun to be had, thanks to "Saturday Night Live" vet Samberg, who's as goofy as ever here as the lead stork, and listen for "Frasier's" Kelsey Grammer as the head honcho stork, along with Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell as an ambitious set of human parents, Danny Trejo (yes that Danny Trejo) as a stork who may have lost his mind, and especially recent Emmy-winners Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele as leaders of a wolf pack who can transform themselves into just about anything, one of "Storks" more clever ideas. "Storks" has a lot of great ideas, including its central premise, though Stoller's script doesn't seem to have fully thought some of it through, particularly the idea of a human and stork co-parenting, which seems more awkward than funny. Kids won't mind, but adults may if they start asking questions after the film.

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