It was all the way back in 2013 that Sony Pictures first announced the development of an The Angry Birds Movie, and after years of work on behalf of the filmmakers and cast, the finished result is almost here. The film is set to arrive in theaters this summer, competing in the deeps of blockbuster season – but earlier this week I got a special look at what the film has in store.

Held on the studio lot in Los Angeles, Sony Pictures held a special presentation for The Angry Birds Movie on Tuesday morning, and in addition to showing off various scenes from the movie, also had actors Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Bill Hader on hand for a question and answer session about the animated feature. As you’d expect from a room full of comedians, there were a lot of laughs to be had, but I also learned a great deal about the making of the new movie… so read on to learn a little something!

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Jason Sudeikis Took Inspiration From One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
As the story of The Angry Birds Movie begins, we find Jason Sudeikis’ character, Red, in a strange position, as he lives in an isolated land of happiness, but can’t help but be disgruntled by all of the small but varied annoyances that life provides on a daily basis. Looking at this foul fowl and trying to understand him, the actor actually found links between Red and one of Jack Nicholson’s Oscar-winning performances:
He’s angry from the jump. Angry from the get-go. He feels like the wise man, or the angry man on a ship of fools. He’s a contrarian, he’s a little frustrated… he reminds me of McMurphy, from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Not wanting to let things ever get too serious, Bill Hader then chimed in, jokingly saying, "This movie is a lot like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – especially the ending." There’s actually a part of me that hopes that turns out to be somehow true.

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