The Angry Birds and Bad Piggies are back at it again in the teaser trailer and poster for The Angry Birds Movie 2. Sony's original Angry Birds Movie hit theaters in 2016 and was a clear-cut box office success, taking in $352 million at the global box office against a $73 million budget.
Created in 2009, Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds is a video game series where players use slingshots to fire cartoonish birds at pigs across a variety of settings. It remains one of the most popular mobile apps of all time and is still going today, with the latest addition, Angry Birds Dream Blast, having only just released in January. Thanks to the success of the first big screen adaptation, The Angry Birds Movie 2 will arrive in time to commemorate the property's ten-year anniversary this August. Naturally, Sony is getting the sequel's marketing up and running well ahead of then.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 trailer is now online, ahead of its premiere in theaters with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starting this weekend. You can check it out in the space below, followed by the film's poster.
The teaser trailer introduces Zeta, a new character (voiced by SNL and Ghostbusters' Leslie Jones) who reportedly joins forces with King Mudbeard (Bill Hader), the ruler of the Piggies, to take revenge against the Angry Birds in the sequel. Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad are back as Red and Chuck in the film, and their characters make a brief appearance towards the end of this teaser. The Angry Birds Movie 2 cast also includes several newcomers to the franchise, in the forms of TV stars like Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), along with big-names like Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and rapper-actor Nicki Minaj in supporting roles. For now, however, it's not clear who will be Team Birds and Team Piggies in the movie.
Critics were surprisingly kind to the first Angry Birds Movie, considering that most people had written the film off as being a soulless cash-grab from the very beginning. Of course, it still left plenty of room for writer Peter Ackerman (who previously worked on the Ice Age franchise) and director Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack) to improve on things with their sequel. It's too early to tell if The Angry Birds Movie 2 has anything to offer that the original film didn't, but - going off the teaser - it seems like pretty harmless fluff entertainment for kids right now.