In exchange for coverage on Storks Movie, I received a trip to L.A. with most expenses paid.
STORKS Movie: The Story Behind the Story
What comes to mind when you hear about Storks? Do you think about the cute images or birds delivering babies? Do you just think about the birds you see in the zoo?
Warner Brothers wants to take that image of the birds delivering the babies and put a twist on it. Now instead of delivering babies, the STORKS are delivering packages. I got a chance to interview some of the cast and producers of the STORKS Movie to get the story behind the story.
The Boss and Wannabe Boss
Kelsey Grammer and Stephen Kramer Glickman
Kelsey Grammer plays the head boss, Hunter, of the global internet giant, Cornerstore.com. All he is worried about it making a buck and is so wrapped up in himself and his goals. When asked about if it was difficult to play the villain he responded with ” Nah, it’s like water off a duck’s back.” He says this because he understands the human experience with the many roles he has played in his career. His character inspiration came from the legend Rip Torn. The way that he delivers the lines and plays this certain type of character led Kelsey to having an air and command as Rip would have done.
Stephen Kramer Glickman plays the wannabe boss, Pigeon Toady. He has an annoying almost surfer dude type of voice that is meant to throw off the other characters into what his real plot is of taking over Cornerstore. It is beyond hilarious and Stephen had fun playing a character that was not just an evil villain, but one that really had goals and wants of what he would do as the boss. It made it fun that he could be totally ridiculous in his delivery and it made his character just that more fun to watch.
The Movie Masters – Producers and Directors
Writer/Director Nicholas Stoller, Director Doug Sweetland, and Producer Brad Lewis
Nicholas Stoller is truly the mastermind behind STORKS movie. He is not only the writer, but also director of the movie. He tells about how bringing out emotion in the actors is not always easy whether it be a live action movie or animation.
He relies on improvisation so as to evoke different emotions from the actors. When they can play out the scenes in non scripted ways, somewhere in there you will find what really fits the film overall. A one to two minute scene just might have taken 3-4 hours to get as they wanted to explore many emotions with the improv.
Nick also had times where he would bring the actors in together so that they could play off each other and bring some real life banter. Nick loved the combo of Doug and Brad for this film as they all brought their own style of film making to the movie.
The STORKS message according to Nick is “I think for parents, because that’s obviously the perspective I was coming at it from, is this movie is a love letter to parenting and it’s a celebration of family.”
All three men drew from their experiences of having families and how you all interact with them and the process you go through having a baby. Nick’s daughter was the one who came up with Tulip’s name and many other things came right from her as well.
Junior and Tulip
Andy Samberg and Katie Crown
Andy Samberg plays Junior who is a typical worker trying to make his way to the top of Cornerstore.com. He is the lead delivery guy and is just a “wingtip” away from becoming the boss. That is until he accidently activates the baby machine and has to deliver a baby before the boss finds out.
Andy brings comedic relief and great timing to this character which he says was a process he enjoyed with Nick. It wasn’t just spouting off the lines with no other interaction, it was truly a collaboration and process that evolved the original script to what it is now.
Andy and Katie both enjoyed the scenes where they were ribbing each other. “I like the ones where Tulip is ribbing Junior. I mean, if you guys have seen any of the stuff I’ve worked on, my favorite joke is sort of making fun of macho stuff. So, the character of Junior was right in my wheelhouse in that way where he has sort of blind ambition and doesn’t really know why. And I love the dynamic of her sort of questioning that and him coming unfurled, because he actually doesn’t know.”
Katie went from just being a scratch actor on the film, helping to read out the original lines, to being cast as the producers couldn’t see anyone else in that role.
“It’s very surreal, seeing something that has your voice that does not look like you, and yet it becomes it’s own separate thing. But it’s still you a little bit, and you’re like, “Oh, I helped a little bit there.”
My favorite part of the interview was when Katie said, “Don’t underestimate folks.” The movie and her character show that just because you may not understand a person and their way of thinking, doesn’t mean their way won’t work. Katie and Andy really helped bring the STORKS movie to life.