Western Animation / Storks

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Storks' is a CGI-animated comedy written by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Neighbors) and directed by Stoller and Doug Sweetland (a Pixar veteran best known for the short Presto), and starring Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Released on September 23rd, 2016, it is Warner Bros.' second film under their Warner Animation Group banner after The LEGO Movie.

The titular storks used to deliver babies, but nowadays they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. 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. 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.

Preceded in theaters by a five-minute short called The Master, a teaser to WAG's The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

You can watch the first teaser trailer here and the second trailer here.

Tropes:

  • The Ace: Junior is the best delivery stork at his job, widely popular, and next in line to be boss.
  • Adorkable: Tulip, oh so much. Her excitable nature and curiosity makes her all the more endearing.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Tulip is a pariah at Cornerstone for being a huge klutz whenever she tries to help. There's also the implication of genuinely racist feelings against her for being human, as humans are normally not allowed to enter. The trope is lampshaded by Toady.
    Pigeon Toady: Haha! Tulip doesn't fit in! We're all the same and she's a weirdo!
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Cornerstore.com is a real website, although they do not employ storks.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese release of the film uses "Heiwa" by Ai as its theme song, named after the artist's newborn daughter, fitting for the theme of the movie.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Junior constantly describes how great things will be once he becomes boss of Cornerstore, but has absolutely no answer when Tulip asks him why he wants to be boss or what he would do with the position.
  • Animated Actors: Supplemental animated interviews made to promote the movie treat the characters like this. Most of the actors are similar to their characters, though the Alpha of wolfpack is apparently also a musician.
  • Artificial Human: The baby machine creates these.
  • The Atoner: Jasper - it turns out the reason he's still stalking and obsessed with Tulip is because he's remorseful over the incident that resulted in the storks raising her, and he's spent the last 18 years trying to reassemble her locator beacon, so that he can finally deliver her after his failure 18 years ago.
  • Babies Ever After: It's a film about storks. Of course it ends with a lot of babies being delivered to happy parents.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Besides Diamond Destiny being a major reason for Character Development for Junior, the response to the massive flood of babies by the families is universal delight. While all of these families had asked for children from the storks, it had been 18 years since the last delivery. Evidently no one had changed their mind in the intervening time.
  • Bad Boss: Hunter, the head stork made his office entirely out of glass, knowing full well that birds can't see glass- Cue storks smacking into the glass walls. He also uses tiny ball-like Robins as various office items, and the balls in Office Golf.
    Hunter: "Junior! Do you know why I built my office entirely out of glass even though birds can't see glass?"
    Junior: "I do not."
    Two storks slam into the glass.
    Hunter: "Power move."
  • Baby Talk: Junior devolves into this while singing to the baby when he sees it laughing along.
  • Berserk Button: Though he pretends not to, Junior is initially annoyed by attempts to learn his motives for seeking promotion.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: Everything gets lampshaded, mostly in an effort to handwave all the weirdness the characters encounter.
  • Big Bad: It's made out to be Jasper at first, but it turns out he's the Big Good. Hunter is the Big Bad.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Nearly happens to Tulip, who thinks Junior was coming to wish her a happy birthday when he was actually coming to fire her. Junior can't bring himself to do it, so instead, she's Kicked Upstairs to the (defunct) letters department.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Junior has to part ways with Diamond Destiny and will face similar heartbreak in future baby deliveries. However, Diamond Destiny is with her family, Nate won't be alone when his parents have to work, and it's implied that the parents will ease up on their workaholic tendencies. Tulip is reunited with her intended family, ending with a group hug, with pulling Junior into said group hug, meaning that he will Tulip as family. And lastly, storks are delivering babies again.
  • Blank White Eyes: The penguins have these.
  • Bound and Gagged: Junior when he gets captured by Hunter and his goons.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Twice. The first time is when Junior decides that Tulip has stopped being useful after she crashes the plane, which is Played for Comedy at Juniors ruthless discarding of Tulip. The 2nd is when Jasper appears with most of Tulip's homing beacon. Tulip's happy exclamations that she can see her real family hurts Junior enough to remind him that he was supposed to fire her.
  • Captain Obvious: Some of Pigeon Toady's lines are just pointing out the obvious.
  • Cheated Angle: In the trailer, Diamond Destiny is only shown from the front, making the feminine hairstyle less obvious.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Birds' inability to see glass.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The large multi-armed robot in the beginning is later used by Hunter in the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The miniature Angry Birds-style Robins that Hunter uses as everything from golf balls to stress balls. They come back to send him to his Disney Villain Death and help Junior in the end.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Kelsey Grammer is clearly having a friggin' ball as the not-quite-sane, ultra-intense Hunter.
  • Children Raise You: Even though it's not their child, Junior and Tulip both benefit from taking care of the baby as they try delivering it.
  • Close on Title
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Junior ruthlessly mocks Tulip's tearful statement for being unintelligible as he walks away from her. Later, Tulip returns the favor when beating him with a stick to amuse the baby.
  • Commonality Connection: Tulip seeing her own reflection in the baby's pod convinces her to help the baby, as she knows what it's like not to be delivered.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The storks stopped delivering babies eighteen years ago, but the mail service to get letters to the storks (which involves a pelican deliveryman) still works their shifts, thereby ensuring Nate's letter gets to them.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hunter is more concerned about the value of the company's stocks than the baby's fate. Toady qualifies when he agrees to play along in exchange for the promotion initially offered to Junior.
  • Crowded Cast Shot: Everyone — the storks, the wolves, etc. — attends the moment where Tulip finally meets her intended family.
  • Curse Cut Short: Pigeon Toady, when he realizes Tulip and Junior lied about the game last night
    "WHAT THE FU-(elevator closes)"
  • Cut Apart: It initially looks like Junior got Diamond Destiny safely to her new family despite sabotage from Hunter, but the home he's visiting turns out to be a trap set by Hunter, and the family is actually getting a visit from a very stiff-capped inspector about their recent "home renovations" needing to be taken down.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Babies cause this in almost everyone. Diamond Destiny's cuteness leads to her not being eaten by wolves (no matter how much they try), who attempt to keep her instead.
  • The Cutie: All of the babies. All of Them!
  • Delivery Stork: In this case it has become modernized. Now, instead of storks delivering babies by flying and having the baby in a sheet, carried by their mouth, they now use machines to create them and a special pod as the transfer medium. They go back to the classic bundle after Cornerstore.com is destroyed.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Junior says it word for word after he stuffs the baby machine full of letters, thus creating millions of babies.
  • Disney Villain Death: Hunter fell to his apparent death after being unable to escape from the robot armor he's piloting.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Junior and Tulip sound a lot like a young couple struggling with their new baby, and their argument about whose going to rescue the baby is straight out of a divorce.
    Tulip: This baby is the only good thing to come out of this whole thing!
    • One deleted scene even shows them getting couples counseling from the wolves.
    • Alpha and Beta's arguing makes them look like a gay old married couple.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The robins whom Hunter abuses are key players in his Disney Villain Death.
  • The Dragon: Pigeon Toady as he's Hunter's main henchman in his pursuit of Junior, Tulip, and Diamond Destiny
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Junior is shown very early on to be the best delivery stork in the entire company. So his wing is injured to prevent him from easily delivering the baby.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Tulip is only reunited with her biological family after she goes through an adventure that sees her become an adoptive mother temporarily and essentially become family with Junior. Narrative wise, she has to develop an adoptive family before she gets to see her biological one.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Jasper is forgiven very quickly for what they've done.
    • Junior decides not to punish Pigeon Toady, mostly out of how pathetic he is.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Junior is introduced as the widely popular Ace who masks his disappointment with quick talk and strained casualness.
    • Tulip is first seen as she prepares to help herself and her flightless bird friends achieve their dreams of flying with untested jet-packs, neatly summing up her reckless and altruistic personality.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place over a weekend, which makes the bonding with the baby pretty rapid.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: During his Imagine Spot, Toady's rendition of "How You Like Me Now" eventually devolves into random vowel noises as the subtitles desperately try to keep up.
  • Falling in Love Montage: Of a sort. The montage set to the Talking Heads song "And She Was" is split between the Gardner family bonding and Junior and Tulip bonding with Diamond Destiny. For Junior, this is the moment where he really begins to love the baby.
  • Family of Choice: Tulip and Junior bond acting as parents for Diamond Destiny. Tulip even chooses to first make sure Diamond Destiny was correctly delivered before seeing her own biological family for the first time.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Cornerstore company has a no humans policy, and Tulip mentions that if she were boss, she'd hire a more diverse bird and mammal work force.
  • Feather Fingers: Only the poor, abused robins avert this; every other bird uses feathers as fingers repeatedly.
  • Feather Flechettes: Junior uses a couple feathers during his attempt at preventing Tulip from activating the Baby Making Machine to disable the security cameras.
  • Feminism: Played With:
    • The baby is supposed to be a boy with Ninja skills. This appears subverted when it turns out to be an incredibly cute baby girl instead. And then is subverted again when it turns out that she does indeed have Ninja Skills.
      • Further, in a vision, Junior sees that Diamond will grow up to be BOTH a feminine ballet dancer AND a martial artist.
    • Tulip herself is a cute tomboy with ferocious motherly instincts.
    • The Alpha Wolves claim they will raise the baby to be a "Strong Independent Woman."
  • Foreshadowing: Nate asks that his baby "brother" have ninja skills. And there are two hints in which Diamond Destiny shows ninja skills: Batting away her bottle and Junior's vision of an older Diamond Destiny practicing karate skills. Tulip's personas resemble some of her biological family members, such as as the bearded persona resembling Tulip's father.
  • Friendship Moment: Junior lets Tulip name the child after hearing about her sacrifice of her own hopes of finding her family to find the baby's family.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: The Latin American release is subtitled "La Historia Que No Te Contaron" (Basically "The Untold Story"), though the subtitle itself doesn't appear at the end.
  • Funny Afro: Tulip's hair puffs out into a full afro when her ponytail is undone.
  • Furry Reminder: Storks and wolves can talk in this film but the birds can't see glass.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: It goes by quick, but when Toady is showing off his 'girlfriend' (which is a picture of a live action Canada goose) you can see that he actually pulled the picture up in a Google image search.
    • In the montage near the end of new parents with their babies when the storks go back to delivering infants, you can see several inter-racial and same-sex couples, along with a few single parents.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tulip designed an airplane that can also function as a hovercraft.
    • Toady Pigeon assembles a functional drone in a few seconds.
  • Gagging On The Words: Junior doesn't have the heart to fire Tulip, despite his efforts, so he simply gives her a job somewhere where she won't be any trouble.
  • Gene Hunting: Tulip felt that knowing her intended family was impossible thanks to her beacon being destroyed, but she thinks that delivering the baby will allow her to find them as well. Little did she know that Jasper had been taking pains to repair the beacon, and is only missing one piece of it — the one currently in her possession.
  • Genius Ditz: Toady Pigeon is made out to be a moronic wannabe with No Social Skills, but he's able to masterfully track Junior and Tulip.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Junior is ordered to "liberate" (i.e. fire) Tulip if he wants any hope of becoming boss of Cornerstore.com. He circumvents the issue by putting her in charge of the letter department, which hadn't functioned ever since the storks switched to delivering packages.
  • Getting the Baby to Sleep: Diamond Destiny apparently dislikes sleeping, and Junior tries "manually" closing her eyes several times. It gets to the point that a fight scene is willingly made as quiet as possible (by both sides) to avoid waking her up.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Toady claims to have a girlfriend who's migrating and produces a photograph of a real Canada goose he introduces as her.
  • Glamour: Hunter has a corporate version of it: he just offers to make someone the boss, and they bow to his every whim. Once Junior sees through this, Hunter is no longer able to use his persuasion power on him, but thanks to his Disney Villain Death, Junior ends up taking over anyway.
  • Group Hug: Near the end of the film, Tulip receives one from her entire biological family. She then pulls Junior into in.
  • The Heavy: Pigeon Toady and the wolf pack are the characters who chase Junior and Tulip for most of the movie, the wolf pack have a Heel–Face Turn while Toady eventually reports their actions to Hunter who takes over from there.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The wolf pack, as evidenced by the final scene.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: Junior going back for Tulip is the first thing in the movie that he does that could be considered heroic.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Offscreen but heavily implied. Tulip is raised as a baby by a company of storks view her as an accident, and want to fire her the moment she turns 18. She's obviously not considered one of the storks given that they call her orphan Tulip and her friends are all non-stork employees. It's mostly played for Black Comedy.
    Tulip: Tulip is just fine, Orphan hurts my heart!
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Animated version that milks the notion of having to make a film with a baby for comedy.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: As seen in the ending montage, the storks can generate babies from same-sex parents, as well as single parents.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Pigeon Toady mocks Tulip for being different even though he's the only pigeon in the company.
  • Hysterical Woman: Tulip freaking out because of maternal instincts over the baby crying instead of flying the plane causes it to crash. Though when Junior thinks the baby is in trouble, he quickly becomes just as hysterical.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Tulip is very surprised that someone as popular as Junior is actually talking to an outcast like her. Fans have signified it as her possibly having a secret crush on him, given how excited she was when he called her name.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: After failing miserably at stopping the baby machine, Pigeon Toady is quick to proclaim his support for Junior's new baby delivery regime once it's obviously popular.
  • Implacable Man: Jasper, the rotund stork who was supposed to deliver Tulip, has an unsettling fascination with the newly created baby that seems to mirror how crazy he went back when he broke Tulip's address beacon, and he stalks after the group while ominously saying, "My baby..." Subverted when it turns out that he had spent the past 18 years trying to repair the beacon, and he just really wants to complete the delivery as intended so that she can finally know her true family.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Junior and Hunter are pretty much Stork versions of Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer, respectively.
  • Insistent Terminology: Tulip would prefer not be called Orphan Tulip for obvious reasons.
  • Instant Home Delivery: Exploited. After the baby is taken by Hunter and his henchmen, Tulip places an order with Cornerstore.com, the box arriving right next to her, and then immediately issues a return order on the website, letting them get back to the factory just as quickly by hiding inside of the box.
  • Interspecies Romance: Pigeon Toady claims to have a goose as a girlfriend.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Tulip doesn't like when Junior refers to the baby as a "package." The storks do this purposefully to prevent another incident where a stork becomes too attached to their baby and refuses to give them up.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is apparently the hardest part of the storks job. They have to carefully move a baby across large distances regardless of the danger, but in the end, giving it up hurts the most. Junior doesn't hesitate in delivering Diamond Destiny, though he struggles on the way back home.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Diamond Destiny and babies in general are this, although Junior doesn't realize this until near the very end.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Tulip was adopted by the storks after Jasper broke her beacon.
  • Jet Pack: Tulip invents them early on and they work pretty well, despite user problems.
  • Kick the Dog: Tulip doesn't appreciate being called "Orphan Tulip," which Junior is quick to do once he deserts her in the middle of the tundra after their fight.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Hunter claims that this is what's happening to him after the upcoming StorkCon, which is why he's offering to promote Junior. Junior ends up doing this to Tulip when he promotes her to the letter department (which has been out of commission since she was born) as his first order of business when he can't bring himself to fire her.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The movie is an avid user of this trope.
  • Large and in Charge: Hunter is about a head taller than Junior, who is regular stork sized.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Junior and Tulip. Also, Alpha and Beta.
  • Like a Son to Me: Hunter says that Junior becoming boss will make him like a son to him, even describing him as a "sonployee". This doesn't stop him from dropping Junior like a hot rock when he finds out that Junior accidentally made a baby.
  • Longing Look: The movie draws a parallel between Sarah Gardner's look of love to her child and husband bonding to Tulip looking at Junior entertaining the baby.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Junior's solution to firing Tulip is to give her a job in the out of the way letter sorting office and tell her to never leave. He assumes that nobody will check the closed down department and nobody will realize that she still works at Cornerstore.
  • Mama Bear: Tulip's maternal instincts are awakened early on and she'll do anything to get Diamond Destiny to her family.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Tulip's family turns out to consist of at least ten other children.
  • Men Don't Cry: Junior insists that he's not crying or even feeling any emotions after delivering Diamond Destiny.
  • Mirthless Laughter: Tulip realizes pretty quickly that Junior laughs when he's uncomfortable which only causes Junior to laugh louder and more uncomfortably.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In a Cutaway Gag a penguin gets eaten by a walrus. The problem with this is that walruses don't eat penguins because they live on opposite sides of the planet.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film is very fast paced, with even the comedy springing from deadpan to hyper within a scene.
  • Motor Mouth: Both leads. Once you get Tulip yammering, she doesn't shut up. Especially if she's forced to talk to herself out of boredom. Junior, being played by Andy Samberg, has a habit of explaining things very quickly under his breath.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Robot Hunter uses in the climax.
  • Nations of the World Montage: Near the end of the film. Not only brings in multiple ethnicities, including mixed-race couples, but also a gay couple, a lesbian couple, and a single mom.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Diamond Destiny is only shown from the front, making it look like the movie is going to be about a baby boy who turns out to be non-existent.
  • Ninja: Nate makes it abundantly clear in his letter to the storks that he wants a baby brother with ninja skills. Well, he got one of those things.
  • No Endor Holocaust: It's quite fortunate that all the parents who sent in letters over the years were still excited and receptive of having children after presumably many years of waiting. Things could have gone terribly wrong if some of the would-be parents had moved on to careers that would make child-rearing difficult, or had become too old to care for the child, or were no longer financially stable, or had just flat out changed their minds in the intervening years. Or died.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Cornerstore's warehouse is haphazardly attached to the former baby-making center at the top of a mountain peak by way of cables. Is it any wonder when the entire company goes belly up in the finale?
  • Not So Different: Junior is very near the top of the pyramid of the company as a popular male stork whose next in line to be boss. Tulips is the unwanted human girl who keeps screwing up at the company. Despite this massive gulf in social status, they both turn to have quite the longing for family, and are pretty decent at being parents.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Tulip launches a more or less continous stream of this to Junior when he's sent to fire her, expressing a surprised joy that he'd talk to her at all and (mistakenly) thanking him for coming to wish her a Happy Birthday. Junior understandably struggles to fire her after that.
  • Off the Chart: Junior's boss Hunter shows him a line graph plotting the rise and fall of company profits caused by Orphan Tulip "helping" before sending him to give her the boot. When Junior hesitates from guilt and glances back up at the office, Hunter glowers at him while pointing out the line having hit rock bottom, then pulls a flap to show the line continuing downward even further by the damage Tulip just did.
  • Oh, Crap!: Junior does this when he realizes that Tulip has inadvertently reactivated the baby manufacturing machine.
    • Tulip does this when Junior points to the chamber where all of the letters are supposed to go, therefore realizing that inserting Nate's letter into the baby manufacturing machine was a mistake.
    • Junior again when the elevator stops, the doors open, and Junior fears that the other storks will see the baby Tulip has accidentally created.
    • Later, Junior does this when he first finds himself surrounded by wolves.
    • Both Junior and Tulip when they see the wolves forming their own suspension bridge just when they thought they escaped after Junior cuts the bridge.
    • Tulip when she says "Birds can't see glass."
    • Both Junior and Tulip when they see Jasper above them before he rescues from the wolves. If you look closely, you may notice the wolves making the same reaction.
    • Junior when he sees Hunter answering the door of the fake house Hunter has set up between two abandoned warehouses.
    • Hunter does this twice. First when Junior inserts millions of letters into the baby manufacturing machine causing it to causing a massive load of babies. Second when Hunter is trapped in the giant robot after falling out of the baby factory when he sees the little birds he tortured about to send him falling down the mountain.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Junior does this when the wolves form their own suspension bridge.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Tulip has a part of the homing beacon that would have guided her home.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Tulip's delivery address was smashed and thus she was never delivered to her parents.
  • Papa Wolf: While it takes Junior time to warm up to the baby, after Hunter has penguins kidnap Diamond Destiny, he goes after them, even though he no longer has any chance of being boss.
  • Parental Neglect: The plot is set in motion by a young boy whose realtor parents are both Married to the Job, so he writes to the storks to send him a baby brother.
  • Professional Buttkisser: Junior has shades of this. While he's skilled at deliveries and popular in his own right, he sucks up pretty hard to Hunter.
    Junior: I love a good profits chart.
  • Potty Failure: Junior bluntly admits that he peed on his seat out of fear while the plane fell out of the sky.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: The babies, and anyone who comes within Cuteness Proximity of them. Played for Laughs when Tulip and Junior have to keep making the baby laugh to distract the wolf pack, who become so enamored that their eyes soon take up the entirety of their craniums.
  • Raised by Wolves: Attempted when Junior and Tulip run into a pack of wolves that want to raise the baby as one of their own. Technically, Tulip counts too, as she was raised by the storks.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Tulip's friends at the Cornerstore are all flightless bird employees, seemingly brought together by being outsiders of the stork dominated company.
  • Random Events Plot: Bordering on Self-Deprecation: the film seems quite self aware that there is no rhyme or reason to pretty much anything and everything that happens to Junior and Tulip on their journey other than it's supposed to be funny.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Though the film knows to slow down for emotional moments, its comedy moments are barrages.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The wolves can form several things together but it works as well as expected when they try to become a submarine or an airplane.
    • Building funny extensions onto your house to guide the stork in his delivery is cute and all, but it will break various building safety codes in the process.
    • After Junior, Tulip and the baby settle in for the night, the camera pans up to imply a heartwarming scene transition... only for the baby to start crying, at which point it zips back to show the two of them trying tiredly to get her back to sleep.
  • Redundancy Department of Redundancy: Count just how many times, in his letter to the storks, that Nate insists that the letter is being written by adults.
  • Resentful Guardian: With her beacon destroyed, the storks were forced to raise Tulip. Hunter makes it clear that he views her as a burden to the company and wants her fired on her 18th birthday, because that's the earliest they can legally get away with it.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: The baby, whom Tulip names Diamond Destiny.
  • Rule of Funny: Why in the world is the off button to the baby machine behind 4 huge spinning buzzsaws?
  • Running Gag: Oh so many:
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Junior and Tulip.
  • Schmuck Bait: Even the person who sets up the trap mocks Junior for falling for the obviously fake house in an abandoned warehouse district.
    Junior: I thought it was a gentrifying neighborhood!
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Gardeners build a giant, elaborate landing pad on their roof for the stork to deliver the new baby, but Junior just lands at their doorstep. The father is the first to realize that their big project was ultimately pointless.
  • Sheet of Glass: Junior has to go through a warehouse full of them - no mean feat, since being a bird, he can't tell where the glass is. Just when he thinks he's in the clear, in come two guys carrying a large sheet of glass.
  • Ship Tease: Junior and Tulip accidentally fire up the old baby-maker and have to deliver a baby. The rest of the movie has them parenting the baby they created, which originates some very interesting scenes for a stork and a human. Helps that they bicker Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Shout-Out: To Super Friends. The Alpha Wolf shouts the Wonder Twin's catchphrase "Form of!" before he has the wolfpack reassemble into a new form.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Tulip, the main heroine.
  • Slogans: Make a plan. Stick to the plan. Always deliver!
  • Stealth Pun: "Wolfpack" tactics were a strategy used by submarines in World War II. Here, a literal pack of wolves attempts to become a submarine.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: There's no doubt in anyone's mind when Tulip finally meets her true family.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The wolf pack turns into a series of vehicles to pursue the protagonists. Subverted when they let them escape to sea instead of turning into a boat.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Nate's letter to the storks, which contains repeated assertions that it was sent by his adult parents, who are adults, and most certainly not by Nate.
  • Synchronized Swarming: The wolf pack can form into various things, such as a bridge, a boat, a submarine, a plane that doesn't fly, a minivan and a broken heart.
  • Tap on the Head: The wolves manage to do this to Junior despite not having flexible front legs.
  • Take That, Us: The film seems to be more than willing to take potshots at itself.
  • Taking You with Me: Hunter tries to pull this as he is falling by using the giant robot claw to grab the ledge that Junior, Tulip, and the baby are standing on, but Junior flies himself and the girls back to safety.
  • The Talk: Nate asks his parents where babies come from besides the storks since they stopped delivery 18 years ago. His parents burst into nervous laughter.
  • Talking Animal: In this case, talking storks and wolves, though there are plenty others throughout the movie.
  • Talking to Himself: In-Universe. Tulip's job in the mail room becomes so boring that she winds up creating various co-worker personae to bicker with. One of them even covers for her when she tries to leave.
  • Those Two Guys: The two leaders of the pack of wolves, played by Key & Peele, who attempt to take the baby for themselves. They're never seen apart, and there's some implication, if only as a joke, that they're actually a couple.
  • Token Human: Tulip is the sole human on Stork Mountain.
  • Toothy Bird: All of the avian characters have large sets of straight, human-like teeth.
  • The Nameless: The wolves and the penguins.
  • Totally Radical: Pigeon Toady tries way too hard to sound cool by talking like this.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Junior, after delivering Diamond Destiny to her family. Tulip tells him it's okay if he does, but he shoots this suggestion down.
    Tulip: Junior, it's okay to let your feelings out.
    Junior: I'm not feeling.
    Tulip: It's healthy!
    Junior: I have no feeling!
  • Unfortunate Names: Pigeon Toady.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Hunter orders Junior to "liberate" Tulip. And then bluntly and repeatedly makes crystal clear that he means to fire her.
    Hunter: If I'm not being clear, I mean fire her!
  • Wave of Babies: Invoked by Junior in the climax
  • We Need a Distraction: Junior is forced to distract the baby so Tulip can feed her with various embarrassing ways.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Junior, in a moment of sympathy to Tulip, lets her name the baby. He immediately regrets allowing her to name the baby Diamond Destiny.
  • The Workaholic: Nate's parents who promise to be on call even on Christmas.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Several of the babies have a variety of primary-colored hair.
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