Directed by: Nicholas Soller, Doug Sweetland
Starring: Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele.
The pitch: After years of the storks no longer delivering babies, a stork and a human companion face one more big delivery. Their trek is filled with danger, but the baby must go through.
The formula: Give birth to bits of “Look Who’s Talking.” Mix up some of the formula of “The LEGO Movie.” Watch it grow with a piece of “Baby’s Day Out.”
Go see it: If you want to see the best animated film this year
Don’t go see it: If you prefer your animated films to have a slow pace
Biggest cut of all?: One of the big jokes that didn’t make the final cut as the head stork, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, revealing he’s not a stork but actually is a crane. It’s a joke based on his “Frasier” role. Test audiences didn’t get it.