Of all the video games that are being made into movies, Angry Birds simultaneously makes the most sense and absolutely no sense at all. Obviously, it’ll pack cinemas around the world, but the game doesn’t really have much of a story, does it?
Don’t worry, the folks at Rovio have released a brand new trailer for the movie, which sets everything up …including a bit of an explanation about why the birds are so darn angry.
A bit more backstory for you: The Angry Birds Movie (to give the film its full name) is set on a delightful island populated by happy, flightless birds. There’s Red (Jason Sudeikis, Horrible Bosses), who has a bit of an anger problem. His mate Chuck (Josh Gad, Olaf from Frozen) doesn’t know how to slow down, while Bomb (Danny McBride, Eastbound and Down, This is the End) doesn’t know how to not blow up. All three of them are outsiders – but when the island is “visited” by mysterious piggies, it’s the outcasts’ turn to save the day.
Unsurprisingly, the voice cast lineup is star-studded – Rovio hasn’t skimped out on this one:
- Jason Sudeikis
- Josh Gad
- Danny McBride
- Maya Rudolph
- Kate McKinnon
- with Bill Hader
- and Peter Dinklage
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Tony Hale
- Ike Barinholtz
- Hannibal Buress
- Jillian Bell
- Danielle Brooks
- Romeo Santos
- Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla)
It’s fair to say that The Angry Birds Movie probably isn’t really targeting grown-ups, but it’s nice to see some familiar names lending their voices to the project.
…and we’re not suggesting that adults don’t play Angry Birds – with the game downloaded more than 9 million times, there’s a lot of people playing. Will that translate to a lot of people watching? We’ll have to wait until May 20, 2016 to find out. Personally, I’m a bit excited.