Like it or not, Angry Birds is making history by becoming the first mobile game to be adapted into a big-budget feature film. Yesterday Sony gave us our first look at the CGI animated movie, and it actually doesn’t look too awful. It comes across as a little bland, but nowhere near as mind-numbing as Minions.
The original mobile game developed by Rovio has over 2.8 billion downloads across various platforms, but their follow-up, Angry Birds 2, hasn’t seen anywhere near as much success as its forerunner. Maybe Rovio is hoping that the film, which hits theaters in May 2016, will respark the lagging popularity of the franchise. However, film adaptations of video games have a bad history of being just truly terrible (even the ones not directed by Uwe Boll), so the cards are stacked against our intrepid band of furious fowl.
The movie’s writer is Jon Vitti, the guy who wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie and who has chops writing for King of the Hill and The Office. A slew of stars are attached to the project with everyone from Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader, Josh Gad of Frozen fame, Danny McBride, and even the Game of Thrones crowd favorite Peter Dinklage.
Angry Birds the Movie seems to follow the story of Red, voiced by Sudeikis. Red looks like he may be attending anger management classes, and we get a glimpse behind the scenes at just what makes all these birds so damn angry. Game mechanics have been mixed into the character attributes (the character Bomb, for instance, literally explodes when startled), and the comedy leans hard on physical humor.
Altogether, it’s nothing to make you mark May 20th on your calendar or buy a bird suit in anticipation of a midnight showing, but it doesn’t seem like something I would mind being dragged to. The directors are both no-names making their directorial debut, but with Jon Vitti handling the script, how bad could it be? Right? Maybe I’m looking at this with too much of a glass-half-full perspective. What do you guys think?