Ever wonder how babies are made? Well, Storks, the newest animated film from Warner Bros., won't really answer that question, at least not in biological detail, but it will give you an imagined look into what it might be like if storks really delivered babies to parents-to-be. Storks tells the story of Junior, a stork who used to deliver babies and is now delivering products (electronics, etc.) for his father's business, cornerstore.com — a kind of Amazon in the sky, if you will. Junior goes back to his old profession when Tulip, an orphan who grew up with the storks, finds one last baby they need to deliver. The movie, like most animated feature, is made for kids, but features a superstar cast of voices to bring the characters to life. Seriously, the voice cast of Storks is truly a thing to behold.
Storks has a relatively small cast, especially considering the never-ending cast list of some other animated films, like the summer hit The Secret Life of Pets, but, based on trailers, the characters seem anything but small. (Ironic considering one of the main characters is a baby.) Not all the voice cast members are big celebrity names, but that doesn't mean you won't recognize all of their voices. Here's a roundup of the Storks voice cast for you to test your animation voice knowledge.
Andy Samberg — Junior
Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg isn't letting playing a lead in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine slow him down. Samberg voices Junior in the film, and is obviously the main draw (not to mention the protagonist of the entire film). If you limit your movie and television watching to only animated films, then you might recognize Samberg's voice from Hotel Transylvania or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Katie Crown — Tulip
Katie Crown is a pretty experiences voice actor — her credits include Clarence, Adventure Time, American Dad!, and Bob's Burgers — but she wasn't initially hired to actually voice Tulip in Storks. Crown was originally brought on as a test voice, but the studios liked her so much, they hired her.
Kelsey Grammer — Hunter
Kelsey Grammer voices Junior's no-nonsense dad in Storks, fitting for the man who previously voiced the slightly deranged Stinky Pete in Toy Story 2 and Vladimir in Anastasia.
Keegan Michael Key & Jordan Peele — Wolf Pack
Comedy duo (and recent Key & Peele Emmy winners) Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele team up in Storks to play the hungry wolf pack that falls in love with the baby. Neither are newbies when it comes to animation work — Key recently lent his comedic talents to The Angry Birds Movie and Peele has done guest work on American Dad! and Bob's Burgers.
Stephen Kramer Glickman — Pigeon Toady
Stephen Kramer Glickman is making his animation debut in Storks as Pigeon Toady, a bird hot on Junior and Tulip's tail, hoping to catch them in the act of transporting a baby. In front of the camera, Glickman might be best known for playing Gustavo Rocque on Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush.
Danny Trejo — Jasper
Danny Trejo is trading in his Machete for feathers in Storks as Jasper, the stork who makes a mistake while delivering Tulip as a baby, resulting in her being raised by the storks. Aside from being a certified badass in action movies, Trejo has voiced many animated characters, including Newtralizer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze and Skeleton Luis in The Book of Life.
Anton Starkman — Nate
Storks is Anton Starkman's first voice over gig, but not his first time in a big role. Starkman played Max Ellison on American Horror Story: Hotel. I think this is probably safer fare for a child actor. In Storks, Starkman plays Nate, a young boy waiting for a stork to come deliver the little brother he's always wanted.
Jennifer Aniston — Mrs. Gardner
In Jennifer Aniston's first big animation role since playing the mom in The Iron Giant, Anniston plays another mom, Mrs. Gardner, in Storks. Mrs. Gardner is Nate's slightly workaholic mother who worries her son will be disappointed when he doesn't get the baby brother he's been dreaming of.
Ty Burrell — Mr. Gardner
Modern Family's Ty Burrell voiced Bailey, the friendly beluga whale, in Finding Dory earlier this year, and now he's voicing a friendly human. And he's married to Aniston, so, I'd say it's a step up.
Pretty impressive cast, right?
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