For a initial time in authorization history, a eponymous Angry Birds can travel and talk. And they’re regulating their new amicable skills to try and take over Hollywood.

The Angry Birds Movie (out in theaters now) is a subsequent large step in Rovio Entertainment’s multimedia conquest. The strange Angry Birds diversion came out for iOS and Android phones in 2009, and a large recognition helped chaperon in a mobile gaming attention that is value $36.9 billion. In further to creation over a dozen spin-offs and sequels, a success pushed Rovio to move a avian mascots outward of gaming with a ton of protected sell and a cartoon series.

First announced in 2012, The Angry Birds Movie is a large gamble for a Finnish company, that financed a film itself. Rovio has been struggling in new years perplexing to keep adult with a free-to-play mobile games winning a top-grossing charts. Last year, it cut 213 jobs, inspiring all departments solely those operative on a film and a associated projects (like a recently expelled Angry Birds Action! pinball game). If a film takes off during a box office, it could energise a 7 year-old series.

But skeleton for The Angry Birds Movie started approach before a company’s troubles. It was during a tallness of Angry Bird’s recognition when Hollywood studios came knocking on Rovio’s door.

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Above: Red (Jason Sudeikis) and Leonard (Bill Hader), a personality of a invading pigs.

Image Credit: Sony

Taking flight

While a developers prepared themselves for this moment, they never suspicion it’d indeed happen. According to Rovio Animation Company authority Mikael Hed, they designed a initial diversion with “other products in mind.”

“We were saying, ‘OK, if a diversion unequivocally takes off, it’d be so good if we could take it elsewhere — over a game,’” Hed pronounced in an speak with GamesBeat. “We did do some shorter animations over a years. … We unequivocally favourite a property, though we could not suppose we could go as distant as creation an charcterised underline film that could contest [with a best].”

In 2010, film studios began contacting Rovio, and a discussions led Hed (who was CEO during a time) and others to trust that a full-length underline film competence be a possibility. They immediately took long-term stairs to make certain that a games wouldn’t meddle with a prophesy for a movie.

“We did, behind then, already consider that, ‘Well, what would we unequivocally wish to tell with a film that we’d like to protect?’ We chose a few of those things,” pronounced Hed. “For instance, we never done a characters speak before. They didn’t have limbs before. [Those are] large things that unequivocally renovate a Angry Birds universe. Those were unequivocally deliberately kept divided from a Angry Birds universe until now.”

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Above: Rovio Animation authority Mikael Hed

Image Credit: Rovio Entertainment

Rovio wanted to use The Angry Birds Movie to tell a birds’ start story, explain how they became friends, and because they’re fighting with a immature pigs in a initial place. As with a impression redesigns, this singular a stories Rovio could tell in a games and a cartoons. Hed told me they were “kinda boxed in” when it came to depicting certain storylines until a film came out.

Eventually, Rovio teamed adult with former Marvel Studios authority (and a film’s executive producer) David Maisel, and with his help, they “formulated a strategy” that would capacitate a association to make a film with a possess resources. They also met with (and hired) Despicable Me writer John Cohen. The large offered indicate for Hed was that both group had knowledge with formulating cinema outward a normal studio system.

Hed and Cohen came adult with a story for The Angry Birds Movie with former Rovio artistic executive Mikko Pöllä. Screenwriter Jon Vitti wrote a book formed on that story. And a book incited out to be a determining cause for a dual group who would go on to approach a film.

Subverting expectations

First-time directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly both have endless backgrounds in charcterised movies, though even they were a small heedful of The Angry Birds Movie before they sealed on. It’s not tough to know why. Angry Birds is a initial authorization to make a jump from a mobile diversion to a large screen, and video diversion adaptations frequency spin out to be vicious or blurb successes.

“Like anybody, we consider [Clay and I] were both a small skeptical,” Reilly pronounced during a new press conference. “But then, John [Cohen] showed us a script, created by Jon Vitti, and oh man, this thing immediately set we off on a tinge and gave us an denote that a film was going to be super funny, and that it was gonna change [people’s expectations].”

According to Reilly, a pivotal to success for any charcterised film is formulating “great personalities and good characters.” The directors pronounced a book already nailed that aspect with a 3 categorical heroes: Red, Chuck, and Bomb. To qualification a characters’ backstories, a filmmakers started with a elementary traits from a diversion — like Chuck’s speediness and Bomb’s explosions — and built personalities and histories around that.

In a movie, Red (played by comedian Jason Sudeikis) has a bit of a bad temper, Chuck (Josh Gad) is a fast-talker who always winds adult in trouble, and Bomb (Danny McBride) only can’t stop himself from literally exploding. Because they all live on an island filled with happy birds, they’re all deliberate outcasts. They finish adult assembly any other in an annoy government class.

“[Rovio] built this triumvirate of characters that unequivocally worked good together on a page,” pronounced Kaytis.

Directors Fergal Reilly (left) and Clay Kaytis.

Above: Directors Fergal Reilly (left) and Clay Kaytis.

Image Credit: Sony

A few years ago, Kaytis became dependant to a strange Angry Birds while operative on Disney’s Tangled, and he used his knowledge with a diversion to place Easter eggs and other visible nods in The Angry Birds Movie. But one thing a directors were discerning to indicate out was that Rovio didn’t tell them to reconstruct a game. Instead, Hed and a producers gave them “a unequivocally prolonged leash” to figure a universe and a colorful inhabitants.

“It was about formulating a characters’ personalities and creation them unequivocally humorous and only carrying fun with it. And we forget about a game,” pronounced Reilly. “We didn’t even unequivocally consider about a diversion after we extracted a icons from it — a elementary icons of Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Matilda. And afterwards when we started to emanate a personalities of a characters, it only took on a possess life.”

Since Rovio saved a whole film, a directors didn’t have to answer to an executive cabinet or a house of trustees. They only had to make a film for themselves.

“We had to make ourselves happy. That was a new knowledge for me,” pronounced Claytis. “We were creation a films for [ourselves] instead of for a incomparable entity that expects something in return. This was unequivocally a film that we wanted to make and that we wanted to see in a theaters.”

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Above: The loyalty — and hijinks — between Red, Chuck, and Bomb are an critical partial of a movie.

Image Credit: Sony

No matter what audiences finish adult meditative about The Angry Birds Movie, it’s transparent it will have a durability impact on a franchise. It sets adult a subsequent proviso of Angry Birds products. Future games, for example, will use a new bipedal chronicle of a birds.

“We see this as a third era of Angry Birds,” pronounced Hed. “We started with a diversion character [in 2009] that was a unequivocally simple, pixel-based, 2D style. Then we did a Toons, that gave us another style, a some-more worldly character formed on a same characters. That was a second generation. And now it’s a third generation.”

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