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Josh Gad says the Angry Birds movie is subversive, beautiful and smart

08.04.2015

Even though it feels several years too late, the ANGRY BIRDS movie is landing next year. With multiple games featuring tie-ins to RIO, STAR WARS, and TRANSFORMERS as well as an upcoming LEGO version, ANGRY BIRDS is a franchise that has not needed to rely on narrative to work. So, when the film finally hits theaters, will people be seeing something worth their time or another cash grab that just doesn't work?

If you ask star Josh Gad, ANGRY BIRDS is going to be good. And he originally didn't even want to be a part of the cast that includes Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Maya Rudolph. Gad explained to IGN how his interest in the film completely changed.

“And in fact, when I was approached about it, I actually said no, for many reasons, the most significant of which was I did Olaf [in Frozen] and I don't want to play another animated character, especially right now. The producer was like ‘Just let me kind of pitch out this movie to you’ and did this reel for me of what he was thinking about, and it was this 30-minute visual pitch and it blew my socks off.

“It’s really irreverent, and like that LEGO Movie sensibility it’s subversive and funny and unexpectedly smart and really beautiful. Actually gorgeous. The little I’ve seen of it has really impressed me.”

Whether that means anything to you really depends. FROZEN and THE LEGO MOVIE are two of the biggest animated films of the last few years. FROZEN has been a film that many have claimed is overrated because of how popular it became, but it was still one of the best Disney original films in a long time. THE LEGO MOVIE was an idea that left many people shocked with how well made it was after a skeptical development period. I know that my kids are going to want to see ANGRY BIRDS even if it is a pile of dogshit but I hope it has enough humor to entertain adults as well.

ANGRY BIRDS hits theaters on May 20, 2016.

Source: IGN

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