The Angry Birds mobile game might be incredibly addictive in its many formats, but it’s certainly not a game that holds and depth or backstory. Though video games being adapted for the big screen have not always fared well (remember Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros?), it’s easy to see why these games, along with upcoming adaptations of Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft, have been chosen for the blockbuster treatment. Angry Birds, not so much.
That said, the huge plus that Sony Pictures and Rovio have in creating The Angry Birds Movie, is that they have a pretty clean slate to work with in terms of storyline – they just have to make the birds angry. They’ve certainly done that, choosing to focus on Red, voiced by Jason Sudekis, a bird with anger issues who resides on an island seemingly filled with other birds who all have a penchant for fits of rage. The second trailer for the movie has just dropped online and can be viewed, above.
No Angry Birds story would be complete without the Pigs, of course, and in The Angry Birds Movie they are up to their usual antics of stealing eggs, though with far more cunning than they display in the game. Living on another island, the Pigs return with all the eggs, and when Red and the other birds realize what has happened, it’s all out war. The island setting gives the film makers the perfect opportunity to use the ‘bird launched in a sling’ idea on which the Angry Birds game is based.
Joining Sudekis in the voice cast is Josh Gad (Frozen) as the hyperactive Chuck, and Danny McBride as Bomb. Saturday Night Live veterans Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon, are also featured as well as Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Tony Hale (Arrested Development). The Angry Birds Movie is written by Jon Vitti (The Simpsons Movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks) and directed by Clay Kaytis and Feral Reilly, making their directorial debuts.
Although the trailer is funny, and will certainly raise smiles among those who enjoy the game, it’s hard to see The Angry Birds Movie being able to sustain interest for the duration of the film. That said, this is a movie aimed at kids, who will no doubt enjoy the silliness of it all and not be looking for further depth to their storytelling. It’s an interesting concept to show children that ‘bad’ traits (anger, in this instance) can be used for good when needed; the birds’ anger helps them to fight back for what rightfully belongs to them.
It could well be that The Angry Birds Movie will be a big enough hit to warrant a sequel if the demand is there, but it’s hard to think of a decent plot line they could come up with to make a second installment. Since the popularity of Angry Birds doesn’t seem to be waning, it will be interesting to see how The Angry Birds Movie does fare when it’s released in theaters.
The Angry Birds Movie opens in U.S. theaters on May 20, 2016.
Source: Entertainment Weekly