A Scrambled Omelet of Laughs “ANGRY BIRDS”

Red (Jason Sudeikis) in the slingshot with Chuck (Josh Gad), Terence, and Bomb (Danny McBride) in ANGRY BIRDS.

Hatching: May 20, 2016
Flying Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes
Rated: PG for rude humor and action
Directed By: Clay Kaytis and Fergil Reilly
Grade: Eggscellent

Greetings! From the World of Pigs

Amidst the happy flightless birds on Bird Island, Red is an outcast due to his anger issues. He resides outside of the community on the beach. One day, Red is late for a party where he was hired to bring the cake dressed as a clown. When the bird who hired him declares that he will not pay for the tardy arrival, Red’s anger gets the best of him. Red is sentenced by Judge Peckinpah to attend Anger Management Classes that are led by Matilda who used to be an angry bird, but has learned to control her anger through yoga and self soothing. There Red meets Chuck, a fast talking bird, and Bomb, an explosive bird, whom he reluctantly becomes friends with.

While in class, the birds see a boat heading towards Bird Island and specifically towards Red’s house. Angered by the damage to his house, Red immediately distrusts the two pigs that had introduced themselves as peaceful beings who want to share their homemade gifts. While the pigs entertain the birds, Red learns that there are more pigs stowed aboard the ship which makes him even more suspicious of the pigs’ intentions.

On a mission to flush out the pigs’ motive, Red seeks out his childhood hero, The Mighty Eagle, to help save the day. Unfortunately, Mighty Eagle is retired and not so mighty anymore but he does help prove that the pigs are definitely up to no good. When Red’s world is in danger can he learn to use his anger for good?

We’re birds! We’re descendants from dinosaurs. We’re not supposed to be nice.

Sony Pictures Imageworks and Rovio Entertainment has definitely hatched a fun family film this spring. The Angry Birds Movie is co-directed by Clay Kaytis and is his first feature film after leaving Walt Disney Animation Studios as an animator in 2013. He is known for his work on Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, and Frozen. Based on the popular game and written by Jon Vitti (known for his work on The Simpsons), The Angry Birds Movie is not only bursting with rich colorful critters, but it also carries a strong message of having faith in oneself. The storyline is simple and straightforward with plenty of innuendos to keep audiences of all ages entertained. The characters are beautifully drawn and masterfully brought to life by an ensemble cast of extremely funny actors. To take the action and adventure to another level, the soundtrack (including I Will Survive, Rock You Like a Hurricane, and Wild Thing) should incite at least some toe tapping, if not a full out explosion of chair dancing. Soar into the theater to check out this dynamite animated fun fest! ~Movie Buffette


Anger is a weed growing in your garden

The Angry Birds is a delightful animated film based on a very popular video game originally released on Apple iOS in 2009.  It was later released on additional operating systems and eventually video game consoles.  The film is about a bunch of feathered, flightless friends living peacefully on the island, except for Red who is masterfully voiced by Jason Sudeikis.  Red has a rather negative outlook and is somewhat of a recluse.  After he has a meltdown at a birthday party, he is sentenced by the judge to anger management classes.  There he meets and becomes friends with Bomb, a gentle black bird with an explosive nature voiced by Danny McBride and Chuck, a fast yellow bird voiced by Josh Gad.  Together they go in search of the Mighty Eagle.   Red and his new friends learn what it means to be brave. When a crisis occurs on the island, it is up to Red to lead the rest of the birds on a search and rescue mission.  Through teamwork and perseverance, the birds are successful. The underlying purpose becomes clear and hopefully the audience learns valuable lessons about teamwork, friendship and believing in oneself.

In their directorial debut, Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly do an outstanding job.  The vibrant colors and rich characters and beautiful backgrounds make for an enchanting and funny tale.  The hilarious story had me and many others laughing out loud on numerous occasions.   The film contains a few adult innuendos and a little rude humor. Overall, it is a film that will entertain audiences of all ages. So take your hatchlings to the theater and enjoy this fun and engaging family-friendly film. ~A.S. MacLeod

Jason Sudeikis as Red
Danny McBride as Bomb
Josh Gad as Chuck
Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle
Kate McKinnon as Stella
Keegan-Michael Key as Judge Peckinpah
Sean Penn as Terence
Bill Hader as Leonard
Maya Rudolph as Matilda

About Leigh Ann Rassler