Film Preview: Storks (2016)

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(July 24, 2016) Original
(August 7, 2016) New Trailer (#4)
(August 28, 2016) Added Image Gallery

Release Date:

September 23, 2016


From IMDb: “Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C / C+ / C+ (9)

Review: (#1) When people look down on you, it’s not endearing. While this might be the best design they have that features the entire group, it doesn’t have to feel so lifeless. (#2) Creating a touch of action may make the film feel a bit more daring, but there’s insufficient accompanying detail to make it interesting. (#3) A stork delivering a baby. It’s so original…not really. The design will appeal to the demo they expect to accompany the children, but to few others.

(#4) A sea of babies might pique the interest of folks who find such things adorable, but there will be an equal and possibly larger group of people that won’t be that interested. (#5-#13) When you get character posters, you hope for a number of things: backgrounds that differ and unique poses that keep them unified, but distinctive. Strangely, there are some designs that hit both these marks, but still look like generic efforts. These would be prime examples.

Trailer Rating: B- / C / B / C

Review: (#1) A teaser that amps up the cuteness factor and zeroes in on the comedy without feeling vital or significant won’t sell many tickets.

(#2) Being something of a cross between teaser and full-blown trailer, this trailer succeeds at very little, which might prove disastrous.

(#3) This is the kind of trailer that encourages attendance. It’s not particularly vital or inventive, but that closing scene with the various characters trying desperately not to wake the baby makes up for almost all of the other issues with it.

(#4) All the rampant humor of the previous iterations seems to be absent from this trailer, which makes the film seem somewhat mirthless. You can’t get audiences to the theater by making the film look like a chore, which is certainly what this trailer suggests.

Oscar Prospects:

It’s an incredibly full animated slate this year, so don’t expect a trifle like this to be taken too seriously with Oscar voters.

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