Interview: Stephen Kramer Glickman On ‘Storks’

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Animated films involving talking animals usually have insane plots when you put them down on paper, but it is this over the top creativeness that makes them endearing.

“Hey, it’s a movie about storks, and they deliver packages. They’re like Amazon, and you’re auditioning to play a pigeon that wears a toupee. And I was like, ‘Sounds good! Sign me up. I’m in.’ That absolutely sounds ridiculous,” said Actor-comedian Stephen Kramer Glickman.

Glickman called in to talk about his latest film ‘Storks’ also starring Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelsey Grammer. Glickman voices Pigeon Toady. The conversation led to an inside look at the process of developing a character.

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“We are riffing in this movie with Nic Stoller (writer-director), Doug Sweetland (director), and Brad Lewis (producer). That’s what’s happening. It’s their movie, and they are brilliant, and I trusted in them one hundred and fifty-thousand percent. (…) I would make them laugh, and then we would push it and Nic Stoller would say let’s try it, make it weirder, make it weirder, try it more insane, push it more. Then I would push until he was like falling off his couch laughing,” said Glickman.

As a huge nerd, Glickman also talked about his comics, toys, the randomness of Comic-Con, and where his girlfriend draws the line (no building Legos at the dining room table).

“Comic-Con is the weirdest grouping of people. It’s crazy. I’ve had experiences where I’m standing there trying to introduce Joss Whedon to M. Night Shyamalan. I know neither of these people, but somehow I end up in the weird situation where I’m talking to Joss Whedon at a party and M. Night Shyamalan walks up, and I talked to him an hour earlier. So I go, ‘M. Night, you know Joss right?’ and they go, nice to meet you, thanks for introducing us,” said Glickman.

Glickman is a huge supporter of several charities; Children’s Hospital, The Trevor Project, Anti-Defamation League, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Listen to the complete Stephen Kramer Glickman interview below and check out ‘Storks’ in theaters on September 23.

About ‘Storks’

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, 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.

The animated adventure ‘Storks’ stars Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Danny Trejo.

The film was directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, from a screenplay written by Stoller.

‘Storks’ was produced by Brad Lewis and Nicholas Stoller. The executive producers are Glenn Ficarra, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, John Requa and Jared Stern. The film is edited by John Venzon. Music is composed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna. Animation is by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

‘Storks’ features new songs “Kiss the Sky,” performed by Jason Derulo, and “Holdin’ Out,” from The Lumineers.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, ‘Storks’ will screen in 2D, and in 3D in select theaters on September 23, 2016. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film is rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements.

Sourcing for this article: Warner Bros.

Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.

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