Richard the Stork

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Richard the Stork
Directed byToby Genkel [de]
Reza Memari
Produced byKristine Knudsen
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]) 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] Then 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 family.


Studio Rakete in Hamburg 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. Lighting/shading, FX simulations and compositing of the final pictures was done by Walking the Dog from Belgium and Rise FX in Germany.[11][12]


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