Not only is Angry Birds a hugely popular game with tons of different versions for you to wile away the hours on your smartphone or tablet, it’s also about to become what Sony Pictures Entertainment hopes is a big, blockbuster animated film. We’ve had a few looks at it already, but with the release creeping closer, a brand new trailer has hit, and…well, it’s got kind of a long, weird, pee joke. Check it out for yourself below.
While the last trailer was set to Michael Jackson’s "Bad," this one adds Foreigner’s hit "Hot Blooded" ("Bad" does make an appearance down the line a bit) to evoke the short, explosive temper of the protagonist that forms the core of the narrative. In his defense, he does have a lot to be angry about, what with what looks like a green pig invasion, uptight neighbors, and, you know, eagle pee.
We weren’t sure what to expect from Angry Birds the movie, but what we’ve seen thus far actually looks like it could wind up being a lot of fun, capturing what people love about the games, but also adding something new to the equation.
The story of Angry Birds is set on an island that is the home for a flightless bird society. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) has, as you gathered from this video, an anger management issues, which makes him an outsider in this lush paradise of an island. It doesn’t help that he also has weird friends, Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride), who literally explodes when he lets go. But when the pigs show up on the island, only these three socially awkward outcasts can find out what’s really going on and, if they’re lucky, save the day.
Angry Birds has put together an impressive cast. In addition to Sudeikis, Gad, and McBride, the film features 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.
Originally released for Apple iOS back in 2009, Angry Birds, from Finnish game developer Rovio Entertainment, has been downloaded more than 3 billion times worldwide. That’s nuts, and with a built in audience like that, it’s no wonder why a movie is coming shortly.
The 3D animated Angry Birds movie is scheduled for release on May 20, 2016.