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The Angry Birds Movie
Angry Birds 2016 film poster.jpg
Directed By
Clay Kaytis
Fergal Reilly
Produced By
Mikael Hed (exec)
David Maisel (exec)
John Cohen
Catherine Winder
Written By
Jon Vitti
Cast
Jason Sudeikis
Josh Gad
Danny McBride
Maya Rudolph
Kate McKinnon
Sean Penn
Tony Hale
Keegan-Michael Key
Bill Hader
Peter Dinklage
Music By
Studio
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Sony Pictures Animation
Rovio Entertainment
Distributed By
Country
200px-Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg.png
Finland
Language
English
Release Date
May 20, 2016
Rating
Rating PG.gif
Budget
$73 million
Gross
$346.6 million

The Angry Birds Movie (or simply Angry Birds) is a 2016 American-Finnish 3D computer-animated action-adventure comedy film based on the video game series of the same name. It was directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly (in their directorial debuts), produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, and written by Jon Vitti. The film was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, and stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage with celebrity voice cast including Blake Sheldon, Charli XCX and Romeo Santos, and follows Red who was previously anger bird with big eyebrows to work with Mighty Eagle to Save the bird's egg and take over the world.

It was premiere on Paris City in May 5, 2016 and on released in the United States on May 20, 2016. Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the film was positively welcomed from audience that praised its animation, voice cast performance, its characters, humor, heart, message, character development and the final battle. The film was also a box office success grossing over $283 million against the budget is $73 million and became a fourth highest grossed films of 2016 and highest grossed films based on games along side Warcraft, Detective Pikachu, and Rampage. A television miniseries, Angry Birds Blues release in March 10 2017 aired on Cartoon Network & GoToons and a sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, released in August 14, 2019.

Plot

Red is an angry bird and has been an outcast from the others on Bird Island ever since he was a hatchling due to his short temper and his huge, jet-black eyebrows. When he accidentally causes a premature hatching of another bird's egg, he is sentenced to anger management class, which is the highest penalty allowed on the island. Red's classmates Chuck, who is hyperactive and can move at hypervelocity, and Bomb, who can cause explosions with his anger and fear, try to befriend him, but he avoids them.

One day, a boat docks at the island's shore, damaging Red's house. The birds greet two green-colored pigs, the captain Leonard and his assistant Ross, who claim to become peaceful explorers bringing offerings of friendship. They introduce the birds to various innovations, including a giant slingshot, but Red becomes suspicious of the pigs' motives and sneaks into Leonard's boat where he finds more pigs hidden below deck, contradicting Leonard’s claim that he and Ross were alone. When he returns and shows everyone the other pigs, the birds refuse to believe his claim that the pigs are up to no good, and Leonard claims that he only lied to see if Bird Island was safe for his cousins, who he says are simple-minded.

Determined for help, Red recruits Chuck and Bomb to find Mighty Eagle, the protector of Bird Island and the only bird on the island who can fly, who has not been seen for many years. They find Mighty Eagle on top of Eagle Mountain, only to find that he has not flown for years, and that he is overweight, self-absorbed, and leading the life of a slacker. Red realizes that his suspicions were right when he discovers the pigs planting dynamite around the island, and realizes the pigs are planning to steal the birds' eggs while distracting the other birds, who seem unaware of the trio's absence, with a party. Red pleads for Mighty Eagle to help him, Chuck, and Bomb, but he refuses. Red admonishes Mighty Eagle before he, Chuck, and Bomb leave. The trio race back to try to sound a warning to the other birds and stop the pigs, but the pigs escape with the eggs and activate dynamites, destroying the village. The other birds apologize to Red for not listening to him. Red forgives everyone and under his leadership, they organize an army and build a boat from the rubble to follow the pigs to Piggy Island.

The birds discover the pigs living in a walled city ruled by Leonard, whose full name is King Leonard Mudbeard. Deducing that the eggs are in the castle at the center of the city, the birds use the slingshot to attack by launching themselves over the walls and into the city's buildings, destroying them. Red, Chuck, and Bomb infiltrate the castle and discover that the eggs are inside a net; the pigs plan to lower the eggs into a giant pot, cook them, and eat them. Mighty Eagle arrives to retrieve Red's group and the eggs, having had a change of heart. One egg falls out of the net and Red battles Leonard for it, but learns to control his anger and distracts him long enough to retrieve the egg. Leonard accidentally ignites the pigs' reserve of dynamite, and the giant pot that the pigs had intended to use to cook the eggs in collapses and lands on top of Red, shielding him and the egg he was holding from the blast as the dynamites explode, destroying the city.

All the families, except for one, reunite with their eggs. Red emerges holding the egg, which has hatched, and returns the babies to their parents. Mighty Eagle approaches Red, Chuck, and Bomb, claiming he merely appeared lazy so they could lose faith in him and find faith in themselves, and takes credit for saving the eggs. Red discovers the other birds have rebuilt his house in the center of the village. Moved, Red allows Chuck and Bomb to move in with him. The pigs survive their home's destruction, with Leonard plotting a new plan.

In a mid-credits scene, the three blue birds use the slingshot to launch themselves out towards the ocean.

Cast

  • Jason Sudeikis as Red
  • Josh Gad as Chuck
  • Danny McBride as Bomb
  • Bill Hader as Leonard / King Mudbeard
  • Maya Rudolph as Matilda
  • Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle
  • Blake Shelton as Earl
  • Charlie XCX as Willow
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Judge Peckinpah
  • Kate McKinnon as Stella, Eva
  • Tony Hale as Ross, Mime, Cyrus
  • Hannibal Buress as Edward
  • Jillian Bell as Purple Bird 1
  • Danielle Brooks as the Crossing Guard Bird
  • Ian Andrew Hecox as Bubbles
  • Anthony Padilla as Hal
  • Romeo Santos as Early Bird
  • Tituss Burgess as Photog
  • Sean Penn as Terence The Anger Big Bird
  • Max Charles as Bobby
  • Adam Brown as Hug Trader
  • Ava Acres as Timothy

Production

The film was officially announced in December 2012, although IGN noted that this was "after months of speculation". The success of the Angry Birds Toons series, according to Rovio employee Jami Laes, "validated" the idea of creating a feature film. The first image from the film was revealed in October 2014, with Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage as part of its cast. Gad at first refused to star in the movie, feeling it was too similar to his role as Olaf in Frozen (2013) but the director eventually convinced him to sign through a 30-minute "visual pitch". The film's budget is estimated at $80 million (€75 million). Rovio and Sony Pictures announced they would spend roughly €100 million for the marketing and distribution of the film, giving it the largest budget in the film industry in Finland, outvaluing Big Game's (2014) €8.5 million. Despite the massive budget, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed stated that "it is the one that I don't ever lose any sleep over", calling it "tremendously strong as a story". During August 2015, Rovio announced that they were expecting to cut 250 jobs equaling 40% of the company, the only sector spared being personnel working on the movie.

When multiple major studios approached Rovio to discuss the production of the film adaptation in 2010, Hed eventually decided to have Rovio establish its own in-house animation studio and have it work on the film, rather than risk losing creative control in allowing a third-party studio to produce it. David Maisel, the founding chairman of Marvel Studios, offered to help Hed and Rovio produce the film, as well as John Cohen from Illumination Entertainment and Catherine Winder from Lucasfilm, who later served as the film's producers. Animation services were handled by Sony Pictures Imageworks, while Skywalker Sound handled audio post-production services.

The Angry Birds characters were not depicted in their anthropomorphized cinematic designs until the film's announcement so as to avoid spoiling it for audiences.

Music

The film's soundtrack, titled The Angry Birds Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, was released on May 6, 2016.

ATCO Records released the score on May 12, 2016. "Wonderful Life" was replaced in international screenings of the film in English with "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees.

Release

Theatrical

The film was initially scheduled to be released on July 1, 2016, but was later moved forward to May 20. The film was released in Finland on May 13, 2016, and in the United States on May 20, 2016 in RealD 3D and 4DX. An animated short film titled The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm was shown alongside the film in selected theaters.

Marketing

The film's marketing budget was an estimated $300 million, which, along with its production budget of $400 million, was the biggest budget at the time for an animated Sony Pictures film. Tie-ins with McDonald's, Citroën, Ziploc, Panasonic, and a series of six Lego sets were used to promote the film. A balloon themed after Red debuted at the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. During the film's marketing campaign, the app icons for most Angry Birds games were changed to depict the cinematic version of Red. A series of free-to-play tie-in games were also produced: Angry Birds Action!, Angry Birds Evolution, and Angry Birds Match.

Home Media

The Angry Birds Movie was released on digital HD on July 29, 2016, and on Blu-ray, 4K/3D Blu-ray, and DVD on August 16, 2016 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with four "Hatchlings" shorts included. The film topped the home video sales chart for the week ending on August 21, 2016.

Reception

Box office

The Angry Birds Movie grossed $107.5 million in the United States and Canada and $244.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $352.3 million. It is the fourth highest-grossing video game film of all-time both worldwide (behind Warcraft, Detective Pikachu, and Rampage) and domestically (behind Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Detective Pikachu, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)), and is also the most successful Finnish-produced film of all time. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $72 million.

In the United States and Canada, the film opened on May 20, 2016 alongside Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) and The Nice Guys (2016), and was projected to gross $35–40 million or as high as $45 million from 3,932 theaters in its opening weekend. Deadline noted that the film had the benefit of being the only animated movie in theaters until Finding Dory (2016) on June 17. The Angry Birds Movie was the top selling film for the weekend, and grossed $800,000 from Thursday night previews and $11 million on its opening day. In its opening weekend it grossed $38.2 million, finishing first at the box office and marked the third biggest Sony animated opening of all time, behind Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). It also scored the second-best debut weekend ever for a video game adaptation, behind the $47 million debut of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It dropped 51% in its second weekend, against X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), grossing $18.7 million.

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, which categorizes reviews only as positive or negative, 43% of 159 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.94/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Angry Birds Movie is substantially more entertaining than any film adapted from an app has any right to be—which may or may not be much of an endorsement." According to the review aggregator Metacritic, which sampled 27 reviews and calculated a weighted average of 43 out of 100, The Angry Birds Movie received "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.

Lindsey Bahr of the Associated Press gave the film a positive review by writing, "Ultimately, The Angry Birds Movie does a decent job exploring the merits of anger. It's no Inside Out, but it has heart and life, which isn't too shabby for any film—app or not". Variety's Guy Lodge called the film: "A fast, fizzy and frenetically entertaining extension of the manic gaming franchise that, at its zenith, had children of all ages glued to their smartphone screens". While Rafer Guzman of Newsday found the film's plot to be "pretty thin gruel", he thought the script was quite funny and that the animation was brightly colored and appealing.

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, writing, "The kids of today deserve better. So do I, come to think of it". In his review for TheWrap, Alonso Duralde wrote, "Let's be clear, then: The Angry Birds Movie isn't pointless because it's based on an app. It's pointless because it's pointless".

Awards

List of awards and nominations
Award Date Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Jussi Awards March 24, 2017 Best Film Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 17, 2016 Best Original Score – Animated Film Heitor Pereira Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards March 11, 2017 Most Wanted Pet Jason Sudeikis Nominated
Teen Choice Awards July 31, 2016 Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Nominated
Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show "I Will Survive" by Demi Lovato Nominated

Future

Follow-up media

  • IDW Publishing launched a comic book miniseries, titled Angry Birds: Flight School and situated after the events of the film, on February 22, 2017.
  • Rovio Entertainment has released a new online video spin-off miniseries that takes place sometime after the events of the film, titled Angry Birds Blues, and focuses on the mischievous antics of the newborn Blues. The first episode premiered on Toons.TV on March 10, 2017.
  • In the summer of 2017, GoComics announced that it will be running a comic strip series based on the world of The Angry Birds Movie, with each issue available to view on its website. The strip ran for over a year, from August 3, 2017 to September 20, 2018.

Sequel

Main Article:The Angry Birds Movie 2

In August 2016, Rovio had begun working on a sequel to the film. The sequel, titled The Angry Birds Movie 2, was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on August 2, 2019 and later on August 14 in the United States, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original game. It was directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice. Cohen returned as producer, with Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart as writers. Sudeikis, Gad, Hader, McBride, Dinklage, Rudolph, Hale, and Padilla returned to voice their roles, with Nicki Minaj, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett, Tiffany Haddish, Brooklynn Prince, and Leslie Jones joining the cast.

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