When the first Angry Birds movie was released, the public was doubtful of how much sense a film that was based on a video game would make, as movie producers have in the past struggled to do so. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the film was substantially more entertaining than it had any right to be, as it explored the merits of anger and delivered huge amounts of humor. With the success of the first film, producers have released a sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, which they hope will leave an even greater legacy than the first one. Here are ten things you should know about the film.
10 Things You Need to Know About The Angry Birds Movie 2
1. It is a Sequel To The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released as a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie (2016), a computer-animated comedy film about a reclusive, temperamental outcast bird named Red, who lives in a village called Bird Island with other flightless birds, all of whom lead angerless lives. This, however, changes as the birds find themselves in war with pigs from Pig Island.
In the sequel, the story follows Red and his friends who are forced to team up with their adversaries from pigs island to stop an advanced weapon that threatens both islands.
2. Thurop Van Orman and John Rice Got Their Directorial Debut on the Film
The Angry Birds Movie 2 served as the directorial debut for the cartoonist, animator, voice artist, and television writer Thurop Van Orman, who is best known for his work as the storyboard artist and co-writer for projects like Camp Lazlo, The Powerpuff Girls and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
Two-time Emmy Award-nominated animater John Rice, who is known for his work on The Simpsons Movie (2007) and Gnomeo & Juliet (2011) among others, also got his directorial debut as he served as the film’s co-director.
3. One of the Co-writers From Ice Age Co-Wrote The Film
The script for The Angry Birds Movie 2 was written by Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart. Ackerman is a playwright, actor, and screenwriter best known for co-writing the animated movie Ice Age for 20th Century Fox. His co-writer, Eyal Podell, is an Isreali-American actor best known for his portrayal of Professor Adrian Korbel in the soap opera The Young and the Restless, and Dr. Evram Mintz in the sci-fi drama series, Defying Gravity.
Not much is known about the third co-writer, Jonathon E. Stewart, other than that he and Podell penned a biopic about Theodor Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss.
4. It Features an Ensemble Cast
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage, who all appeared in the first installment of the Angry Bird film, reprised their roles in the film that featured high-profile newcomers like Leslie Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, and Eugenio Derbez.
5. Angry Birds Movie 2 Was a Critical Success
Unlike the first film which received mixed reviews from critics, The Angry Birds Movie 2 received positive reviews from critics who praised the animation, cast, humor, and soundtrack of the film.
6. Sony Leveraged Climate Change To Market The Film
Sony Pictures, who were in charge of releasing the film, connected the film’s premise to real-life societal issues while marketing it. They linked the threat of the worlds of both the pig and bird islands to what human beings are facing with climate change. They also further drew reference to the character Silver, an eccentric and brilliant female bird who is an intelligent technological technic, as a model to inspire more young women to pursue STEM disciplines.
7. It Enjoyed Considerable Box Office Success
From its first week of release over a six-day span, The Angry Birds Movie 2 raked in $16.2 million. While it is considered to be a success, the sequel achieved less than a third of what the first film managed, $38.1 million.
8. The Song “Best Day” From The Film By Kesha Was Released As A Single.
About a week before the film was released, on the 25th of July, 2019, American singer-songwriter Kesha released her song “Best Day” for the film as a single.
9. It Spunned a Video Game
A few days after The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released, a cooperative tie-in video game called The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure, was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4’s PlayStation VR system.
10. Its Theatrical Release Co-incided With The 10th Anniversary of the Film’s Original Game
Seeing that the film is based on Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds video game series that was initially released in 2009, producers of the film decided to coincide the film’s theatrical release with the 10 year anniversary of the original game.