Richard the Stork

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Richard the Stork
Directed byToby Genkel [de]
Reza Memari
Produced byKristine Knudsen
Emely Christians
Written byReza Memari
StarringCooper Kramer
Edited byReza Memari
Den Siste Skilling
Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur
Mélusine Productions
Ulysses Filmproduktion
Walking The Dog
Distributed byLionsgate/Grindstone Entertainment Group (United States)
Global Screen (International)
Release date
  • February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12) (BIFF)
  • May 5, 2017 (2017-05-05) (Norway)
  • June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30) (United States)
  • May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) (Germany)
  • February 7, 2018 (2018-02-07) (France)
Running time
85 minutes
United States
Box office$13.9 million[1]

Richard the Stork (Released in North America as A Stork's Journey, German: Überflieger – Kleine Vögel, großes Geklapper[2] and also known as Little Bird's Big Adventure) is a 2017 computer-animated adventure film. It was directed by Toby Genkel [de] and Reza Memari.[3] Richard the Stork premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany on February 12, 2017.[4][5][6] Animated movie was released for a limited time on Google Play on June 1, 2017.[7][8] It premiered in theaters in the United States on June 30, 2017.[9][10]


Richard, an orphaned sparrow, is adopted and raised by a group of storks. But when they leave on their annual migration south for the winter, Richard, a little non-migrating bird, endeavors to embark on the long arduous journey to stay with his stork family that must reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest, since he would not survive the journey to Africa. Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on his own, joined by an eccentric pygmy owl named Olga with an imaginary friend named Oleg and a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet named Kiki. Along their epic journey, they run into many obstacles, like deadly bats, internet-addicted pigeons, mafia crows and a thundering jumbo jet. When they finally find their way to Africa, it's up to Richard to rescue his stork brother Max from the clutches of a monstrous honey badger. The tiniest stork must learn to see himself as the greatest sparrow to unleash his true potential and be reunited with his family.


  • Cooper Kramer as Richard, an orphan tween house sparrow main protagonist,
  • Shannon Conley as Olga, an pygmy owl that was disliked by her family because of her large size.
  • Christian Gaul as Kiki, an budgerigar who lives in an karaoke bar
  • Erica Schroeder as Aurora, an female white stork, the adoptive mother of Richard.
  • Jonathan Todd Ross as Claudius, an male white stork, the Max's father
  • Jason Griffith as Max, an young white stork, the Claudius's son
  • Michele Knotz as Social Media Pigeons


Studio Rakete in Hamburg, Germany and Studio 352 in Luxembourg created the storyboard. Studio Rakete was also responsible for the design of the main characters, Studio 352 designed the supporting characters. Most of the character animation was done by these companies and Bug AS in Norway. made the Lighting/shading, FX simulations and compositing of the final pictures was done by Walking the Dog from Belgium and Rise FX in Berlin. The movie was animated & rendered using Houdini with over 500 shots to be finished.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Box Ofiice: Richard the Stork". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 16, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Richard the Stork - Überflieger – Kleine Vögel, großes Geklapper". Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Richard the Stork". Film Fund Luxembourg. Retrieved February 12, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (February 9, 2017). "'Richard the Stork' Trailer Takes Flight for Berlinale". Animation Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Programme - Berlinale". Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Richard The Stork (3D)". Global Screen. Archived from the original on February 5, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Mitchell, Robert (May 17, 2017). "Grindstone Entertainment Takes 'Richard the Stork' for North America". Retrieved June 1, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "A Stork's Journey Exclusive Clip - Richard and Olga Meet Kiki". May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "A Stork's Journey Movie - On Google Play and Theaters". ABC Creative Learning. May 22, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Roxborough, Scott (May 19, 2017). "Cannes: Grindstone, Lionsgate and Google Take 'A Stork's Journey' for North America". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 1, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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