Storks 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
I feel like I’ve watched a lot of really bad non-Disney animated movies lately. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, ICE AGE 5 and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS are just a few of the animated movies lately that I’ve found nearly unwatchable. I was nervous about STORKS because it didn’t have much of a marketing campaign and didn’t do great at the box office, so I was expecting another tough movie to get through. Much to my surprise (and thanks in large part to Andy Samberg), STORKS was surprisingly fun and funny, even if it lacked the heart we’re accustomed to in the upper tier animated movies.
STORKS takes place in a land where storks used to deliver babies. I say “used to” because now they deliver packages for the Corner Store (think Amazon). We pick up with Junior (Samberg), one of the top employees who is about to be promoted to take over for Hunter (Grammer) under the provision that he can go a week without a major hiccup and that he fires the human Tulip (Crown). Tulip is the product of a former Stork that became obsessed with his baby and then broke her beacon in an ensuing scuffle. Since they didn’t know what to do with her, she stayed at the warehouse. Now nearly an adult, the storks don’t know what to do with her, but they do know they want her gone. Junior can’t bring himself to fire her, so he sticks her in the letter department to get her away from everyone. But Tulip accidentally starts up the baby-making machine, thus forcing Junior and Tulip to team up to deliver the baby before anyone notices.
In reflecting on the plot synopsis, it sounds kind of complicated, but it’s really very simple and moves along very quickly. STORKS is void of the bigger emotional pull you’d get in a Pixar film, but where it does succeed is in the laugh out loud moments. A lot of these moments came from the wolf pack, who liked to assemble into random objects. I think I laughed every single time. The rest of the humor came from Andy Samberg and like I’ve said in every Samberg film I’ve ever reviewed; a lot of your opinion on this movie is going to rest on whether or not you find him funny. I think he’s hilarious and his voicework here is pretty great. He added a lot to the movie, which helped make it more enjoyable for the adults.
STORKS doesn’t have a place on the Mount Rushmore of animated films, but it was a surprisingly funny, animated movie that is safe for young kids. Both of my boys laughed at the physical humor in the film (Junior running into glass panels and falling down) and all of the weird faces he made, but they didn’t get invested in the story and started to lose interest towards the end. But I will say that I think I laughed out loud more at this than any animated film in recent memory, which is a pretty high compliment.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: The STORKS Blu-ray looks pretty great and this 4K transfer is just a tad bit better. Any recent, theatrically released animated movie is going to look wonderful, but I’ve noticed the biggest differences between the 4K and Blu-ray versions are the almost 3D-like qualities in the 4K, thanks to the added detail and color variations. STORKS has a few of those moments, most noticeably in the action scenes, or any scene where Junior is flying or running around. Overall, this is another great looking animated movie on 4K.
Audio: The same DTS track from the Blu-ray is included here.
This title was reviewed using a Samsung UBD-K8500 with a Sony XBR75X850C TV.
There are no 4K exclusive features included on the 4K disc, but it does include a copy of the Blu-ray, which includes the following special features:
Commentary with Nicholas Stoller, Douglas Sweetland, John Venzon and Matt Flynn: These guys give a pretty decent commentary and play well off each other. They go into some details on the inspiration for the film and heap a lot of praise on Andy Samberg.
Storks: Guide To Your New Baby (2:10): This is kind of a short and kind of a deleted scene. The pigeon tries to change a diaper while Junior and Tulip get frustrated.
Deleted Scenes (10:05): A random set of deleted scenes with option commentary from director Nicholas Stoller.
Music Video, a “Ninjago” short and Outtakes