The Angry Birds Movie

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The Angry Birds Movie
The Angry Birds Movie poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by Jon Vitti
Story by
  • Mikael Hed
  • Mikko Pöllä
  • John Cohen
Based on Angry Birds
by Rovio Entertainment
Starring
Music by Heitor Pereira[1]
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures[3]
Release date
  • May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05) (Paris)
  • May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) (Finland)
  • May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes[4]
Country
Language English
Budget $73 million[6]
Box office $352.3 million[7]

The Angry Birds Movie (or simply Angry Birds)[8] is a 2016 3D computer-animated comedy film inspired by the video game series of the same name.[9] Produced by Rovio Animation, it was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. It was directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly in their directorial debuts,[10] and written by Jon Vitti.[11] The film stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage also with Smosh cast Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox.[12] It is an international co-production between the United States and Finland.

The Angry Birds Movie was released in the United States on May 20, 2016. Critical reception was highly polarized, though some considered the film an improvement over previous video game films. Although it was criticized for its screenplay and humor, it was praised for its action sequences, voice acting, animation quality, and Heitor Pereira's musical score. It was a box office success, having grossed over $352 million, making it the second highest-grossing video game film of all time. A sequel is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.[13][14]

Plot[edit]

On Bird Island, an island inhabited by happy flightless birds, the reclusive Red is sentenced to an anger management class after his temper causes a "premature hatching" of a customer's egg. Resentful, Red avoids getting to know his classmates Chuck, Bomb, and Terence, as well as the class's instructor Matilda. One day, a boat docks at the island's shore containing green-colored pigs, and their captain Leonard, who claim to be peaceful explorers bringing offerings of friendship. The pigs are accepted on the island and introduce the birds to innovative technologies such as slingshots and helium balloons.

More pigs arrive and seemingly adjust to the birds' society, but Red soon becomes suspicious of their motives, as they slowly overwhelm the island. He recruits Chuck and Bomb to help him find Mighty Eagle, a giant bald eagle said to be the protector of the island, and the only bird that can fly, but who has not been seen for many years. They find Mighty Eagle on top of Bird Mountain, but he is now overweight, self-absorbed, and largely in retirement. Looking through the Mighty Eagle's binoculars, Red's group sees the pigs planting explosives around the island while the birds, probably unaware the other three are gone, are at a rave party. They realize the party was actually a cover for their plan to steal the birds' eggs. Red, Bomb, and Chuck attempt to warn the other birds and stop the pigs, but they arrive too late as the pigs escape with the eggs and their explosives destroy the village. When the birds realize what happened, they apologize to Red for not believing him, and the forgiving Red rallies them to let their anger loose and retrieve their eggs.

The birds construct a boat and sail to Piggy Island, where they find the pigs living in a walled city and Leonard, who is actually revealed to be King Mudbeard, the king of Piggy Island. Deducing the eggs are most likely in the castle at the center of the city, the birds attack and defeat the pigs by firing themselves over the walls using their gifted giant slingshot. However, when Terence attempts to launch himself into the city, he accidentally snaps the slingshot in half after pulling himself too far back. Meanwhile, Red, Chuck, and Bomb make it to the castle and find the eggs in a boiler room, where the pigs plan to cook and eat them. Mighty Eagle arrives, having watched these events through his binoculars and had a change of heart, and carries the eggs out of the castle. While the birds escape, one egg falls out and rolls back into the castle. While battling Leonard, Red learns to control his anger and distracts him long enough to retrieve the egg; the pot the pigs planned on boiling the eggs in collapses and shields Red as the pigs' reserve of explosives blows up and destroy Piggy Island. Red reunites with the other birds as the rescued egg hatches, revealing three little blue birds, and is declared a hero. He, Chuck, and Bomb are approached by Mighty Eagle, who claims that his laziness was only a ruse so the birds could find faith in themselves. Returning to Bird Island, the birds rebuild Red's house, which was destroyed by the pigs, and moved it to the middle of their village. All of the birds that have hatched sing a song to Red to thank him and enshrine him as a legendary hero, and Red lets Chuck and Bomb move in with him.

During the end credits, the pigs are revealed to survive Piggy Island's destruction, as King Mudbeard begins to make a new plan to steal the eggs, but soon does the break dance. In a mid-credits scene, the three blue birds use the rebuilt slingshot to launch themselves out to sea.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was officially announced in December 2012, although IGN noted that this was "after months of speculation".[20] The success of the Angry Birds Toons series which according to Rovio employee, Jami Laes, "validated" the idea of creating a feature film.[21] The first image from the film was revealed in October 2014 along with the ensemble cast, which includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage.[12] Gad at first declined to star in the movie, feeling it was too similar to his role as Olaf in the 2013 film Frozen but the director eventually convinced him to sign through a 30-minute "visual pitch".[22][23] The film's budget is estimated at $80 million (€75 million).[24] In addition, Rovio and Sony Entertainment will spend roughly €100 million for the marketing and distribution of the film.[24] Exact share was not disclosed, but Rovio will invest in the film over €100 million, which would make it the largest budget in the film industry in Finland, where its most expensive film was Big Game, a 2014 adventure film, made for €8.5 million.[24] Despite the massive budget, Rovio's CEO Mikael Hed stated that "it is the one that I don't ever lose any sleep over",[25] calling it "tremendously strong as a story".[25] During August 2015, Rovio announced that they were expecting to cut 250 jobs equaling 40% of the company. The only sector spared from the job cuts would be personnel working on the movie.[26]

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,[27] and eventually, well-known producers John Cohen from Illumination Entertainment and Catherine Winder from Lucasfilm pitched in to assist with the production.[28]

The decision to have fully limbed versions of the Angry Birds characters not appear anywhere else until the film adaptation sprang from a perceived need to "protect" the film and make it "as big as possible", which was expressed during a discussion between Maisel and Hed in 2011, over how they were to envision the film adaptation during its planning stages.[29]

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Angry Birds Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)[30]
Recorded 2015-16
Genre
Length 48:43
Label Atlantic

The Angry Birds Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[31] is the soundtrack album for The Angry Birds Movie. The album was released on May 6, 2016.[32]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Friends[33]"Blake Shelton3:04
2."I Will Survive[34]"Demi Lovato4:05
3."Wonderful Life (Mi Oh My)[35]"Matoma3:30
4."On Top of the World"Imagine Dragons3:12
5."Explode[36]"Charli XCX (as Willow)3:45
6."Never Gonna Give You Up"Rick Astley3:34
7."Rock You Like a Hurricane"Scorpions4:16
8."Fight"Steve Aoki3:52
9."Wild Thing"Tone Lōc4:25
10."Sound of da Police"KRS-One4:18
11."Behind Blue Eyes"Limp Bizkit4:31
12."The Mighty Eagle Song[37]"Peter Dinklage2:06
13."The Mighty Red Song[38]"The Hatchlings and the Blues0:47
14."The Angry Birds Movie Score Medley[39]"Heitor Pereira3:18

ATCO Records released the score on May 12, 2016.

On international screenings of the film in English, Demi Lovato's song was cut out and instantly was replaced with The Bee Gees' You Should Be Dancing.

Release[edit]

The film was initially scheduled to be released on July 1, 2016,[40] but it was later moved up to a May 20 release date.[41] On September 23, 2015, the teaser trailer for the film was released,[42] followed by the second trailer four months later.[43] An international trailer made its debut in March 2016.[44]

The film was released in Finland and the UK on May 13, 2016, and in the United States on May 20, 2016.

Promotion[edit]

An estimated $300 million marketing effort helped promote The Angry Birds Movie, and along with its production budget, the spending has reached $400 million, making it the biggest-ever campaign for an animated Sony movie, according to executives at the company.[6] Sony's marketing campaign for the film began nine months before its release with the marketing campaign focused on the characters, their unique personalities and the humor of the voice cast via custom media promotions. Sony partnered with more than 100 partners worldwide including tie-ins with McDonald's, Citroën, Ziploc and Panasonic.[45] To help with the film's promotion, Rovio made a deal with The Lego Group to make a series of 6 Lego sets, scheduled for a spring 2016 release. A balloon themed after Red debuted at the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to promote the film.[46][47][48]

To further promote the film, Rovio temporarily changed the app icons for most of the games in the Angry Birds series such that they would show the cinematic version of Red. Examples include Red giving a stern look while riding a racecar for Angry Birds GO!, Red holding a katana over his shoulder for Angry Birds Fight! or Red wearing a knight's helmet and wielding a wooden sword for Angry Birds Epic.

Home media[edit]

The Angry Birds Movie was released on digital HD on July 29, 2016, and on Blu-ray and DVD on August 16, 2016, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with 4 Hatchlings shorts included.[49][50][51][52] The film topped the home video sales chart for the week ending on August 21, 2016.[53]

Tie-in games[edit]

Following the release of the film, three games in the Angry Birds series were released that drew upon the film's universe and characters, with all of them being free to play on iOS and Android:

  • Angry Birds Action!, a top-down puzzle game that used pinball physics, where players would play as any of Matilda's four anger management students and launch them across a rectangular playing field to knock down pigs, using well-angled shots. Released days before the film, the game also included a connectivity link with its theatrical release, where any player who had the game running at a certain point of the end credits would be able to view the film's alternate ending (where Chuck uses his super speed to cross the sea and rescue Billy the Sign) and unlock extra levels.
  • Angry Birds Evolution, a role-playing game released in June 2017 that combined the physics of Action! with the role-playing elements of Angry Birds Epic, while using the aesthetics and fully limbed character designs of the film. Players hatch, raise and lead a team of birds to defeat pigs and defend eggs from being stolen, while thwarting the evil schemes of the pigs' Bacon Corp. Matilda and her four students, as well as the elderly Shirley are playable characters.
  • Angry Birds Match, a tile-matching game released in August 2017 involving the Hatchlings and characters from the spin-off series Angry Birds Blues, where players solve puzzles to complete missions on behalf of the Hatchlings, such as gathering food, retrieving stolen toys and defeating pigs. Players can also watch various Hatchlings play around freely in various environments and unlock new costumes for them in between levels.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Angry Birds Movie grossed $107.5 million in North America and $244.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $352.3 million.[7] Worldwide, it is the second highest-grossing video game film of all-time, behind Warcraft ($433.5 million).[54] It also became the most successful Finnish film of all time.[55] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $72 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film.[56]

In North America, the film opened on May 20, 2016, alongside Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Nice Guys and was projected to gross between $35–40 million, possibly going as high as $45 million, from 3,932 theaters in its opening weekend.[45][57][58] Deadline noted that the film had the benefit of being the only animated feature until Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory arrived in theaters on June 17.[58] Fandango reported that The Angry Birds Movie was the top selling film for the weekend, pacing in tandem with Hotel Transylvania 2.[45] It grossed $800,000 from its Thursday night previews[45] and $11 million on its opening day.[59] 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 and Hotel Transylvania 2.[45][60] It also scored the second-best debut weekend ever for a video game adaptation, behind the $47 million debut of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.[61] It had a 51% drop in its second weekend after facing competition from X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass, grossing $18.7 million.[54]

Internationally, The Angry Birds Movie was released in the Philippines on May 11[62] and 74 other markets (63% of its total marketplace) on May 13, at least one week ahead of its US release. It finished first in 37 territories and second overall at the international box office behind Captain America: Civil War. Benefiting from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it grossed $43 million.[63] In its second weekend, it added 9 additional territories including China, South Korea and the Netherlands and grossed $55.5 million from 83 markets.[64] Overall, the top openings for the film was recorded in China ($29.2 million), Russia ($5.7 million), the United Kingdom and Ireland ($3.1 million), Germany ($2.9 million), Mexico ($2.8 million) and Brazil ($2.7 million).[63][64] It opened next in Italy on June 15 and Japan on October 1.[64]

In terms of total earnings, the biggest markets outside North America are China ($75.8 million), United Kingdom ($15 million), Russia ($11.99 million), and Germany ($11.97 million).

Critical response[edit]

The Angry Birds Movie received mixed reviews from critics.[65] On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 150 reviews and an average rating of 4.9/10. 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."[66] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 43 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[67] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[68]

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".[69] 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".[3] 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.[70]

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times gave the film a negative review and overall said: "The kids of today deserve better. So do I, come to think of it".[71] 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".[72] Stephen Whitty of the New York Daily News gave the film one out of five stars and overall said: "The Angry Birds Movie is just fowl".[73]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Date Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Jussi Awards March 24, 2017 Best Film Nominated [74]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 17, 2016 Best Original Score – Animated Film Heitor Pereira Nominated [75][76]
2017 Kids' Choice Awards March 11, 2017 Most Wanted Pet Jason Sudeikis Nominated [77]
Teen Choice Awards July 31, 2016 Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Nominated [78]
Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show "I Will Survive" by Demi Lovato Nominated

Future[edit]

Follow-up media[edit]

  • 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 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.[79]

Sequel[edit]

In August 2016, Rovio had begun working on a sequel to the film.[80] The sequel's release date is planned for September 6, 2019, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original video game.[13][14] The Angry Birds Movie 2 will be directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice. It will be produced by John Cohen and written by Peter Ackerman. Sudeikis, Gad, Hader, McBride and Dinklage were announced as returning voices while newcomers include Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett, and Brooklynn Prince. Leslie Jones will portray the villain.[81][82]

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