Like so many big-studio cartoons, Storks doesn't seem to understand that its strengths lie not in the speed or volume of its dialogue, but the energy of its animation.
In between all the noisy set-pieces, and up until the big-bang action climax, it's refreshing to see a movie whose niftiest ideas are not just clumsily tossed off, but handled with care.
the movie doesn't have enough to hang itself on; the premise is too flimsy and that old question of "Where babies come from?" remains oddly avoided, in even a child-friendly way.
It often is good, though, hilariously so, its too-familiar misfits-become-a-family storyline enlivened by flights of lavish comic invention.
Whoever is running Warner Animation Group appears to be allowing the lunatics to run the asylum. And that is a wonderful thing.
The jokes in Warner Bros.'s new animated flick mostly fall flat, the characters are largely unlovable and the simplistic plot expects more from its audience than it gives.
There's a nice, snappy playfulness in the rapport between Samberg and engaging newcomer Crown. That lively, back-and-forth vibe also extends to the Aniston/Burrell and Key/Peele dynamic.
The film's lesson about finding your family never comes off as saccharine, and although there's nothing particularly innovative about its message, Storks is a little bundle of joy.
A strenuously unfunny animated comedy.