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…
Storks tells the story of those storks who once ran a business that delivered babies to wanting families. After eventually realizing how troublesome baby transportation is when all you have is a piece of cloth to hold them in, the storks decided to take their business in a new direction by becoming an Amazon-style online marketplace that delivers products to homes with unmatched speed, thus shutting down their baby division. Enter Junior, the best stork employee in the business. In order to secure a promotion from his intimidating CEO, he needs to fire the adult human orphan Tulip, who’s been a nuisance to the company ever since she ended up stranded there after a failed delivery.
Naturally, things don’t go quite as planned as in the process of firing Tulip, a series of misadventures results in the baby factory accidentally producing another baby. Now stuck with this forbidden baby, Junior and Tulip are forced to team up and deliver the newborn to her new family, a couple also going through their own issues while preparing for her arrival.
The film’s plotting is established right from the get-go, constantly checking in on two other subplots while Junior, Tulip, and the baby go on their journey. Shockingly enough, the movie works well regardless of the convoluted plot. In fact, Storks is one of the most entertaining family films of the year. It has a sense of mad humor that perfectly matches the scattershot style of the storytelling. This basic set up has been seen before. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: two contrasting characters go on an adventure after a calamity brings them together to fix a problem, only to split up and re-team again to confront the third act’s villain, all while learning lessons of friendship and family along the way.
Pixar, for example, is notorious for using this basic structure often, altering little on their way to box-office billions. Storks does not pretend to be entirely original with its plot, but instead allows its unique premise and humor to justify the familiar plot beats.