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I had the opportunity recently to attend a really fun Press Junket for the movie Storks. I was familiar with this movie before the event because I have 5 kids who love to show me all the newest movie trailers for the movies they want to see in theaters. Storks was one of the movies that they were most excited to see. They were very jealous that I got to see a screening of the movie and learn all about it from cast and crew, but I promised in return to take them to see the movie in theaters opening weekend. I loved the movie, so it is a win/win for me. I will share my non-spoilers opinion of the movie with you tomorrow but today I wanted to share the interviews with you because to me, learning from the cast and crew about a movie, makes me love a movie more.
About the movie
“Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.”
First off, though. Seriously, how cute is this interview room? I had just a had baby a month earlier so it super made me miss my daughter. They did such a fun job decorating with baby clothes, balloons, presents and lots of adorable baby furniture. I secretly wished it was a baby shower, just for me. j/k 🙂 Cool fact, though… Warner Bros. found a great charity to donate all of this baby product to after the Press Junket. I love when companies do good.
As part of the press day, we had the opportunity to interview Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Writer/Director Nicholas Stoller, Director Doug Sweetland & Producer Brad Lewis. Each interview was fantastic and gave a deeper insight into the passion and heart that goes into making a movie. Here are some of my favorite parts of the interviews.
Interview with Kelsey Grammer & Stephen Kramer Glickman
The interview with Kelsey Grammer and Stephen Kramer Glickman was funny, honest and real. I loved this interview because I was able to see how important each role is to their characters. Kelsey Grammer loved working on this movie because he feels like animated films are the best movie today. He mentioned that he understands the human experience which helps him to play both bad guys and good guys. Both loved the story of diversity in this movie and the importance of that in our world today. Grammer was asked his favorite scenes in this movie. He loved the penguin scene which I know you will love to when you watched the movie. It is hilarious. When asked what is important to both parties, Grammer talked about the importance of balance and family. His advice, “Less work, more family.” Glickman agreed, saying that “Family is what you make it.” Storks is a great representation of the importance of family. My favorite quote of the interview was, ” It is really neat that the purpose of birds in this movie is to bring LOVE into lives.”
Interview with Writer/Director Nicholas Stoller, Director Doug Sweetland & Producer Brad Lewis
I am always amazed at how many years it takes to make a movie. They don’t get an idea and then months later the movie is finished. It literally takes the blood, sweat and tears of hundreds of cast and crew members. My favorite interviews are always with the Directors and Producers because to them, their film is like their own child. They are so passionate about it but also a little nervous to let others see it. I love their excitement and love of the film. Learning from them helps me to appreciate the movie even more. Here are highlights from this interview.
“Improve makes scenes more awkward and real, which causes more emotion.”
One of the most important messages of this movie is the Celebration of Family. The directions shared, “Let a baby, moment of innocence or beauty affect your life. Enjoy it.” I love that quote.
Why did they choose the baby hair colors? They wanted to lift the audience out of their seats when they see the crazy baby factory and recognize that family comes in all shapes and sizes.
Why did they use an older baby? Naturally, newborns aren’t cute! They felt that the 6 month age was the bullseye age.
Fun fact: Nicholas Stollers daughter was the one who named the character Tulip.
Interview with Andy Samberg & Katie Crown
This interview was also a lot of fun. I loved the interaction between Andy Samberg and Katie Crown as they talked. Andy plays the character Junior and Katie plays Tulip. They talked about the growth of their relationship and all of the funny things that they experience together in the movie. Their interactions are really some of the best. One of the most interesting things about their filming sessions is that they were in the recording studio together. They felt that for them, this made a more authentic performance.
Both Andy Samberg and Katie Crown come from different experience levels but their performance as a team was really incredible. Their interview was fun because they each brought such a fun interpretation to the movie. When asked about Woman characters and Hero’s, Katie Crown replied about the character Tulip, “I feel great. Yes, I hope they like her. I think she’s a really cool character. It’s nice playing someone who’s really fun, affable, but also super smart. She’s an inventor. She builds this great plane. You know, she’s got a lot of good ideas. It’s really fun being able to play someone like that.”
When talking about improv, Andy said, “I always hesitate to say improvised because I feel like that takes power away from the writer. And that happens so quickly and easily in our business, I don’t like to do it. But there was definitely a lot of collaboration and stuff that came up on the spot while we were recording that ended up in the movie.”
See Storks is In Theaters September 23 and Visit the Official Site for more information!