It might feel longer, but the original Angry Birds game only hatched a decade ago, in 2009. Created by Rovio Entertainment, it saw a series of wingless birds with on- fleek eyebrows try to save their eggs from evil green pigs, by catapulting themselves into said swine. It has since been downloaded more than three billion times!
The cast of the new movie is enough to get anyone in a flap. Voicing the feathered friends and their piggy enemies are Awkwafina, Peter Dinklage, Tiffany Haddish, Bill Hader, Nicki Minaj, Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad and loads more!
There have been 19 Angry Birds games in total, including the original, Seasons, Rio, Friends, Space, Star Wars, Star Wars II, Go! Epic, Transformers, Blast Island, Dream Blast and AR: Isle Of Pigs.
From RPG and racing to augmented reality and movie tie-ins, those Angry Birds have exploded far and wide.
It’s been three years since the first Angry Birds movie pecked its way to box office success, where it defied the critics to take an impressive 2 million worldwide. The film saw feathered favourites Red, Chuck and Bomb (the three major birds from the original game) tasked with saving their kind when their island is invaded by green egg-munching pigs.
In 2013, Angry Birds flocked to the small screen in Finnish animated TV series, Angry Birds Toons. The birds were introduced with individual names, while their piggy enemies were identified by their roles: Corporal Pig, King Pig, Chef Pig (you get the idea). It ran for three seasons and spawned a Christmas special and five spin-off series.
If you thought Angry Birds was just silly fun, think again. The franchise published a number of books between 2011 and 2016, including a cookbook: Bad Piggies Egg Recipes, with everything from pickled eggs to omelettes. There was even a series of educational books released through National Geographic, all about real-life birds and other angry animals.
Not convinced a second movie based on a video game where birds are lobbed at pigs is going to fly? Rest assured the sequel is in great hands – it’s written by Eyal Podell and Jonathan E Stewart (Cars 3 and Littlefoot), with a screenplay by Peter Akerman, who is known for breathing warmth into the Ice Age franchise.
Quite a few of them, in fact. The most recent opened last year in Qatar, but the birds have already flown to Gran Canaria, Finland, Russia, and even China. But, don’t worry, you don’t need to fly anywhere to enjoy them, Thorpe Park’s Angry Birds Land is closer to home and has dodgems, a 4D-experience and more!
The game has inspired an array of hilarious parodies (some of which are more safe to Google in work than others) including Angry Frogs, Chick ‘n’ Vixens, Beaver’s Revenge and, everyone’s favourite, Angry Turds.
It also produced a spin-off in 2012’s Bad Piggies, where players took on the role of the enemy. Traitors!
There are lots of new characters to look forward to in the sequel including a piggy called Garry voiced by Sterling K. Brown.“He is really awkward, really nerdy, to the point of arrogance and there is something incredibly humorous about that level of arrogance embodied in a pig,” the actor told EW.
Also look out for Dove Cameron (TV’s Descendants) as sweet new, um, dove, Ella.