Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Flying High: Warner Animation Reveals First Look at 'Storks'

Back when Warner Bros. announced that they were putting together an animation studio that would be run by a Brain Trust-esque group of writers/directors, they had three projects on the docket: The then-in-production Lego Movie, and two original concepts called Storks and Smallfoot...

That was back in early 2013, and we heard nothing about the two original pictures for quite some time. Warner stayed hush hush on them, even after The Lego Movie became a breakout success in the late winter of 2014. For a while I was wondering... Where the heck did these two movies go? Eventually, Warner announced that Storks was still a thing and that it would be coming out in fall 2016.

Now, we have our first look at the animated comedy, which is being directed by ex-Pixar animator Doug Sweetland and Muppets writer Nicholas Stoller, who is also writing the picture. Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg have been attached to play the leads for a while. Sweetland directing was what had me interested from the get-go, as his short film directorial debut - Pixar's Presto - was a knockout with lots of great timing, slapstick, and the madcap energy of the best of the 1940s cartoons.

Looks like the usual, the character designs aren't thrilling me at the moment, but again... I expect quite a bit considering who's behind this film.

The plot, via People Magazine...

"The upcoming animated film goes inside the Stork factory, which is no longer being used for baby deliveries. Instead, they now deliver packages for an online retailer, But that all changes when Junior, a top delivery stork, makes a huge mistake and quickly forces the storks to return to their true life mission."

Interesting twist on storks-deliver-babies. Stoller says...

"He accidentally turns on the Baby Making Machine, producing a 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."

The article also adds that the boss, pictured above, is the one voiced by Kelsey Grammer and is named Hunter. Overall the plot sounds okay, I'm just more interested on how it'll be pulled off. Again, you have Sweetland and Stoller directing, and the studio that gave us The Lego Movie. Even though I'm not quite sold, that's enough to get my interest.

Alberta Film Ratings also recently classified a trailer for the film, so it could be right around the corner. After all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is two days away alongside... Alvin and the Hipmunks 4? Anyways, I expect the trailer to drop tomorrow or on Friday.

What say you? Do you like the concept of this film? Do you think it could work? Sound off below!

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