Press Start to Continue: The Angry Birds Movie

Leigh Forgie continues his countdown of some of the movie adaption of video games we can look forward to throughout 2016. Check out last month’s article about Ratchet and Clank here. This month he’s looking at the Angry Birds Movie, which hits UK cinemas in May later this year.


THE Angry Birds Movie was not a case of “if” but rather “when”, due to the unprecedented success of Rovio Interactive’s video game app; landing in cinemas in later this year like a bird smacking into a rickety tower of pigs, we’ll see somewhat of an origin story for the characters as we learn why the birds have beef (or should that be pork?) with the green pigs invading their island paradise.

Bringing these birds to life is a vocal cast comprising of Jason Sudekis (Horrible Bosses), Josh Gad (Frozen), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), and Bill Hader (Trainwreck), all lending their comedic chops to this worldwide phenomenon. Just remember the rules and don’t get your iPhone out during the screening as the sound of bird-on-pig action may be off-putting to those around you.

My personal prediction for this animated feature is that the popularity of the app should be enough to get bums onto cinema seats regardless what any critic says, but with a script written by Jon Vitti (Ice Age, The Simpsons Movie) there should at least be plenty of humour for both parents and children.

It’s impossible to really judge the film until we’ve actually seen it, personally I’m a tad sceptical and think it’s just a blatant money spinner that cashes in on the series’ popularity, but who’d have thought an animated movie about LEGO would’ve proved to be so ‘awesome’.  Whilst I can’t see this feature reaching the same levels as Phil Lord’s and Christopher Miller’s 2014 feature, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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