The Angry Birds Movie (or simply Angry Birds) is a 2016 3D computer-animated Finnish - American comedy film based on the video game series of the same name created by the Finnish IOS and Android game company Rovio Entertainment, but it can also be interpreted to be a prequel to, or origin story behind the original game.
Produced by Rovio Animation (a division of Rovio Entertainment), it was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. It was directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly in their directorial debuts, and written by Jon Vitti. 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.
On Bird Island, an island inhabited by flightless birds, the reclusive Red is sentenced to 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 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 and .
More pigs arrive and seemingly adjust to the bird's society, but Red becomes suspicious of their motives, as they slowly overwhelm the island. He recruits Chuck and Bomb to help him find Mighty Eagle, a giant 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 , Red's group sees the pigs planting explosives around the island while the birds are at a rave party. They realize the party was a ruse to steal the birds' eggs. Red, Bomb, and Chuck attempt to warn the other birds and stop the pigs, but the pigs escape and their explosives destroy the village. When the birds realize what happened, Red rallies them to let loose their anger and take back their eggs.
The birds construct a boat and sail to Piggy Island, where they find the pigs living in a walled city and uncover Leonard as King of the pigs. 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 Terrence 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. Red battles Leonard and retrieves the egg, escaping as the pigs' reserve of explosives blow up and destroy Piggy Island. Red reunites with the other birds as the rescued egg hatches, revealing three little blue birds (The Blues), and is declared a hero. He, Chuck, and Bomb are approached by Mighty Eagle, who claims that he wasn't lazy but instead deliberately made the birds lose faith in him so they could find faith in themselves. Back on Bird Island, the birds rebuild Red's house, which had been moved by Red near the edge of the island and was gradually destroyed whenever a boat full of pigs had arrived, in the middle of their village. All of the birds that have hatched sing a song to Red to thank him, and Red lets Chuck and Bomb move in with him.
During the credits, the pigs are revealed to survive Piggy Island's destruction as Leonard begins to make a new plan to steal the eggs. In a mid-credits scene the three blue birds that Red rescued use the rebuilt slingshot to launch themselves out to sea.
Why It Rocks
- The film follows faithfully to the source material as it was been set as the prequel to the game for making more sense unlike other video game films that have nothing to do it was based on, for example, the 1986 Japanese animated movie, Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, has some elements that are not faithful to the original game, unlike this film.
- Many characters are likable like Red, Chuck, Bomb and even Leonard (or known as King Mudbeard).
- Gorgeous animation; the character animation is very fluid.
- Beautiful CGI, especially the backgrounds.
- Great soundtrack
- The story is pretty neat.
- An outstanding and talented cast.
- Entertaining and funny jokes as it reference to the game as Red telling the other bird family of the 3 stars ranking.
- Some bad jokes. There's some juvenile humor; butt jokes, crotch jokes, bathroom humor, and inappropriate jokes for a kids film (Such as when Chuck suggests "ladies get busy laying eggs" and does a suggestive gesture). Plus, some jokes can be annoying or unfunny. For example, when Red, Chuck, and Bomb were making their way to the Mighty Eagle, Chuck and Bomb create what they imagine to be his battle cry. This caused them to make a variety of obnoxious barn animal noises.
- References to profanity, like the quotes "Pluck my life" (F*ck my life) and "I need some angry flocking birds" (I need some angry f*cking birds). Additionally, in one scene the Mighty Eagle accidentally hits his head and says "Son of a.." which is cut off by the next scene. These were possibly pushing it too far for a movie aimed at kids.
- It can get mean-spirited at times, especially during the flashbacks of Red's childhood.
- Some characters can be considered unlikeable; Judge Peckinpah, The Mighty Eagle, etc.
- The plot can be somewhat predictable for those who have already played the game.
- The idea for an Angry Birds movie was a little outdated, since the game was popular around 2009 and the movie was released in 2016.
- In the scenes where it shows the inside of the pigs' castle, there was a book that was called "Fifty Shades Of Green", most likely meant to parody the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" franchise. The mentioned franchise is extremely inappropriate for the target audience of this movie.
In August 2016, Rovio had begun working on a sequel as it was planned released for September 20, 2019, coinciding on the tenth anniversary of the original video game. 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. The animation will be provided again by Sony Pictures Imageworks, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation.