‘Angry Birds’ CG Animated Movie Adaptation Coming in 2016

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If one were to search for a single intellectual property that exemplifies the current era, you can do much worse than Angry Birds. A simple-to-learn-but-challenging-to-master video game propelled to glory by the rapid rise of smart phones, Angry Birds is a genuine cultural phenomenon. Each iteration of the game (especially its most recent crossover with Star Wars) tops the best-seller charts for both phone apps and video games in general. Angry Birds‘ colorful characters adorn everything from children’s clothing to umbrellas.

Considering all of this, it came as no surprise last year when it was reported that Rovio Entertainment – the studio behind the blockbuster mobile game – had hired Marvel Studios’ David Maisel to executive produce an Angry Birds feature film. Now, the proposed film has locked down a tentative release schedule and a full producer, placing it even more solidly on the track to fruition.

Coming Soon reports that a 3-D animated Angry Birds has been set to debut during the summer of 2016. John Cohen, a prolific producer of animated and family-oriented films, has been brought onboard to produce the film. Rovio intends to finance and produce Angry Birds outside the usual studio system, finding a distributor only after the film is finished. With Maisel securing funding for the project, it looks as if Rovio will be able to pull this ambitious endeavor off.

The addition of John Cohen to the production gives Angry Birds an even greater sense of momentum than when Rovio hired Maisel. Cohen most recently shepherded Despicable Me to box office success, but has also been the backing behind Ice Age: The Meltdown, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Horton Hears a Who! While not all of these titles inspire confidence in the eventual narrative quality of Angry Birds, they certainly speak to Cohen’s ability to craft films that cater to a younger audience.

With Angry Birds‘ current hold on the global cultural consciousness (especially among children), an animated film based on the property is more or less a no-brainer. No matter the quality or content of the movie, the sheer popularity of the source material would guarantee a massive return…but only if the film were released tomorrow, or even next year. The proposed 2016 release date makes things somewhat more tricky.

For all its quirky elegance, Angry Birds has the feel of an ephemeral cultural property – one that is fondly remembered but rarely survives long beyond its particular moment. If the proposed Angry Birds film were to be released even in 2014, it would probably still be within the safety zone of its relevance. However, a 2016 release places Angry Birds almost four years away, which can be an absolute epoch in terms of cultural impact. This is especially true of its target audience, which may have already shifted into a different demographic by the time the film is released.

 Angry Birds CG Animated Movie Adaptation Coming in 2016

If anything, the far-off release date indicates that Rovio Entertainment is determined to play the long game with its currently beloved property. The company’s determination to self-finance and produce an Angry Birds film indicates that it is willing to gamble its future in an arena with which it isn’t familiar (a strategy that blew up in the face of RPG-producer Squaresoft with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within). In order for this gambit to pay off, Rovio will need to work hard to maintain the cultural cache of Angry Birds in the intervening years. If the summer of 2016 dawns with a public sick of and/or apathetic to the property, a movie based on it will not work out.

Angry Birds‘ long production timeline and eminent production team make it a film to watch. Its current massive popularity among kids may just make it a benchmark for their generation. One has to wonder whether it will join the ranks of such beloved nostalgia flicks as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or half-forgotten detritus like The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.

Angry Birds is currently set to bombard theaters in summer of 2016.


Source: Coming Soon

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  1. I know I’ll be there with my little brother. I actually started playing this game with him, it’s fun imo.

  2. I’ll wait for the novelisation

  3. inb4 garfield

  4. There are some adaptions I can put up with, like the “LEGO” movie coming out in a few years.

    This s not one of them

    • *is

  5. I’ve always thought that a Super Mario Brothers movie could be done right, given the characters that have developed nicely over the years and the funny stories in some of the games. However, I don’t see what screenwriters and directors could do with an even more simplistic game like Angry Birds.

    • The birds will be on a quest to retrieve their stolen eggs from the pigs.

  6. I wonder why they didn’t just do it in the same version their cartoon shorts are drawn and presented. Their shorts are actually pretty funny. They have a Looney Toons feel to them. 2016 is way too far.

  7. This makes me weep for the future of film. Is there REALLY nothing new to tell? Has originality officially vanished???

    • It isn’t a matter of absolute originality, we can’t always have that and sometimes, people find a way to make something completely original yet at the same time completely stupid.

      It’s a matter of thinking “Will this entertain the general audience and the possible fanbase that has already been firmly established?”. There are so many things that have potential to actually be brought to the big screen, including some video games.

      Do I feel “Angry Birds” is one of them? Absolutely not

    • its not necessarily lack of originality thats the problem here. Its just an annoyingly popular game that has some lucrative potential as being a big stupid kids movie. I talk about it in negative terms because this is coming from the guy who brought us Alvin and the Chipmunks? this isn’t an innovator in cinema by any means. He’s just good at what he does and what what he does are stupid kids movies.

  8. After Battleship, EVERYTHING is a new idea. As stupid as an Angry Birds film sounds, think about it, there WILL be a lot of people going to see it. Also, Angry Birds IS a colorful and fun property, it won’t be hard to get little kids to see it.

    As long as it gets the prequel film “Bad Piggies” im happy, lol. :)

  9. I wonder if they’ll have personalities and talk.

    Seems like they could’ve trialled the characters in some animated shorts on the web / iTunes or in front of other animated movies at the cinema. That way they could judge audience response and have a quicker turn around time with production. The concept also seems a better fit for Looney Tunes length shorts, like Road Runner.. quick set up and comedic payoff.. rather than a 3 act movie storyline. I dont think anyone really feels much for the various birds really, in terms of investing in their characters for 90 + minutes.

  10. By 2016 Angry Birds will be long forgotten.

    • i agree, it seems like to far away to make it, like if it was within the next year or so maby, but 4 more years???…..ya never know, the franchise might have died off by then lol

  11. Its got to be more interesting and entertaining than A Social Netowrk about some guy creating a webpage which for all its hype was simply some guy creating a webpage for two hours…