Travel consideration provided by Warner Bros. Pictures.
At the end of August, I headed to Los Angeles to attend an advance screening and media event for Storks. The screening was held in a theater on the Warner Brothers lot, which is a neat spot to watch a film. The theater is located right next to the iconic water tower, and as I walked by, I wondered: Are the Animaniacs still up there?
I settled into my seat inside the theater and got ready for the show. Storks is preceded by a special LEGO short called The Master, which has a martial arts master voiced by Jackie Chan engaging in an epic battle with a chicken. Make sure you get to the theater on time so that you don’t miss it!
The main attraction, Storks, follows the story of Junior (Andy Samberg), a top delivery stork for the conglomerate Cornerstore. Once upon a time, Cornerstore used to deliver babies, but after an incident left an orphan baby, Tulip (Katie Crown), stranded on Stork Mountain, the company decided to switch to delivering packages only. When Cornerstore’s CEO Hunter (Kelsey Grammer) offers Junior a big promotion, it seems nothing could go wrong – until the Baby Making Machine is accidentally re-activated, creating a new baby girl. Now Junior and Tulip must rush to deliver this baby to her intended parents (Jennifer Aniston & Ty Burrell) before anyone finds out…but they’ll have to get past nosy Pigeon Toady (Stephen Kramer Glickman) and a not-so-ferocious Wolfpack (Key and Peele) first.
Storks has an engaging story and makes great use of its talented voice cast, with the filmmakers encouraging improvisation in the recording studio. The result is a movie that is entertaining for all ages, with humor that will make adults laugh just as hard as their children. The creators have referred to this movie as a “Love letter to parenting” and it shows in the heart of this movie, which is actually quite touching. Storks delivers fun for the whole family!
After the screening, there was a big outdoor party held next to the theater with food trucks, balloons, and candy for the excited children (and adults!) who had just watched the movie.
Also at the party was the voice of Pigeon Toady himself, Stephen Kramer Glickman. I got a chance to chat with him briefly, which was really fun, since I’ve been watching his work for years! Big Time Rush is one of my favorite shows, not to mention Workaholics – which should tell you something about my maturity level…
I had a chance to mingle with some of the other stars as well!
The following day, I attended a Q&A session with the cast and creators of Storks. This was one of the most unique press conferences I’ve been to, because the entire room was decorated to look like a baby shower to fit with the theme of the movie; all of the items were donated to a local charity after the event was through. It was very sweet!
During the press conference, I interviewed filmmakers Nicholas Stoller, Brad Lewis and Doug Sweetland, along with cast members Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer and Stephen Kramer Glickman. It was a great way to wrap up a fun trip!