This post was written by MomsLA contributor Mary Kay Holmes.
On a beautiful summery Saturday, my daughters and I headed to the Warner Bros lot for a fun screening of STORKS. As the breeze blew through my hair on the drive to Burbank, I continually thought about how much I wished the screening were outside. I wondered what the movie would be like – animated movies are such a shot in the dark these days. I figured STORKS would be a kid movie with moments of cuteness between my brain spacing out and thinking of all the things I should be doing instead of sitting inside a dark theatre watching a movie clearly created for children younger than my nine and twelve year old.
As you may or may not have picked up on, I was a little tired, crabby and stressed out.
Parking was seamless and the walk to the screening room was decorated with a carpet and mascots of several of our movie’s heroes. The kids took photos and we all (well, me) lightened up a bit as we passed the tables being set up for the reception after the movie, and watched employees testing out the awesome kid slide…ok, that looks fun. We passed droves of tiny children, years younger than mine, and the feeling of toddler movie dread filled my soul. “Well, if nothing else, I’ll take a nap,” I told myself.
Seated in a perfectly cooled room I listened to the rambunctious kids around me and chatted with my ladies about what to expect. “It’s Andy Samberg, mom, you love him. It’s gonna be awesome!” She’s right, I do love Andy Samberg…and it was awesome.
First we were gifted a hilarious short about a chicken and as we laughed my youngest whispered to me that we need to find a way to get this to show to Dad. She’s right, he’d love this. Wow, so funny…sorry I can’t tell you more, you’ll just have to see it. Do you like legos, chickens and Kung Fu? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
STORKS was a sweet story of a wacky journey of friends and foes, as well as one of the funniest pigeons I have ever seen. Not that I have been lucky enough to know droves of hilarious pigeons, but I wish I was. It’s been well over a month since we saw the movie, and my girls and I continually quote Pigeon Toady. Once his clips hit YouTube I’ll be posting them on my friends’ Facebook wall constantly.
Did I cry? Yes, I will admit there is a montage near the end that teared me up. The combination of the lovely song and the sweet intent of the moment really grabbed me – watch out parents, bring a tissue.
I would see this movie again. I would pay money and drive somewhere and stand in line and watch it again. If my nieces lived in Los Angeles I would even use them as an excuse to go because I know they’d love it.
Oh, and it didn’t hurt that they had tacos outside after the movie – yes, I said tacos. The kids had tasty sandwiches from the grilled cheese truck and I ate tacos. On the walk to the car we laughed about our favorite moments from the film and my tween said, “Mom, we should do this more often.” I agree with her, it was a delightful day and a great opportunity to enjoy time with my loves.