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When Angry Birds was released it quickly became not just a hugely popular way to waste time on your smart phone or tablet, but it morphed into a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Sitcoms joked about it, there’s a Star Wars version, and the logo was slapped on any product you could possibly slap a logo on and sell. While it feels like it’s been on the way for forever, an Angry Birds movie is still on the way, and now you can check out the first trailer for yourself.
Set to Michael Jackson’s "Bad" (and The Carpenters' "Close to You"), this Angry Birds trailer gives us our first look at how the game translates from your tiny phone to the giant screen at your local metroplex. More than plot or character or story, what you really get here is the sense of humor that they’re going for, and though it looks like what you expect from this movie and this cast, it could prove to be a decently entertaining diversion.
The story of Angry Birds takes place on an island that is home to a society of flightless birds. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) has an anger management problem, surprise, something that has always made him an outsider in this paradise—you get a taste of his status when he thinks the lovely lady birds are flirting with him, but they’re not. It doesn’t help that he has weirdo friends, either, including Chuck (Josh Gad doing his thing) and Bomb (Danny McBride), who literally explodes when he lets go. However, when some mysterious green pigs show up on the island, only these three maladjusted misfits can find out what’s really going on and maybe, just maybe, save the day.
The voice cast they’ve put together for this thing is super impressive. Beyond the big three of Sudeikis, Gad, and McBride, the credits include Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Bill Hader (Inside Out), Peter Dinkage (Game of Thrones), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), and many more recognizable names.
First released for Apple’s iOS back in 2009, various versions of Angry Birds, a product of Finnish game developer Rovio Entertainment, has, as of this year, been downloaded an astounding 3 billion times. This is enough to make it the most popular game of this sort of all time, which gives it a huge built in audience to tap at the theater.
The 3D animated Angry Birds movie is scheduled for release on May 20, 2016.