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07.01.2011

I'm an "Angry Birds" addict. There, I said it. I compulsively play until I've gotten 3 stars on every level and found all the golden eggs. It's a sickness, I realize it. But it's this kind of obsession with "Angry Birds" that has turned the mobile game into a phenomenon. And it's that kind of worldwide notoriety that now has the "Angry Birds" on their way to the big screen.

Rovio, the game developer behind the app, is in development on a series of animated shorts that would lead into a full-length theatrical animated film. Recently Rovio hired David Maisel, the man who negotiated some of Marvel Studios' early contracts, and his first priority will be to attempt to turn Rovio into a Pixar or Blue Sky type animation studio (they recently purchased Kombo, an animation outfit out of Finland).

The ANGRY BIRDS film is already out to writers and directors but so far no studio is attached to distribute the film. With most every studio comfortable with their own in-house animation department, I'm not sure where Rovio could find a home, unless they went with one of the mini-majors like Summit or The Weinstein Co.

Up next for "Angry Birds" is a cookbook (?) and a version of the game for Nintendo's handheld DS.

Source: Variety

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8:49AM on 07/01/2011
pathetic.
pathetic.
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10:00AM on 07/01/2011
I want to see a sequel to the game where the pigs rise up and take revenge
I want to see a sequel to the game where the pigs rise up and take revenge
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3:41PM on 07/01/2011
Pigs?? I thought it was about Birds. Now I'm confused.
Pigs?? I thought it was about Birds. Now I'm confused.
10:54AM on 07/01/2011

I Like It

If it has the same comedic tone as this short, then I think it has the potential to be pretty good. [link]
If it has the same comedic tone as this short, then I think it has the potential to be pretty good. [link]
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11:28AM on 07/01/2011

Yes, Please

Who doesn't love Angry Birds? There was always a sense that a greater story was there, what with all that angst and squawking. Hm, we can only hope. I suggest Dreamworks step up to the plate. Screw Pixar and Blue Sky, we need a studio with a little more shamelessness.
Who doesn't love Angry Birds? There was always a sense that a greater story was there, what with all that angst and squawking. Hm, we can only hope. I suggest Dreamworks step up to the plate. Screw Pixar and Blue Sky, we need a studio with a little more shamelessness.
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12:39PM on 07/01/2011
Y'know - I never thought I'd agree with you - but you're right: shamelessness is a word we all associate with Dreamworks...
Y'know - I never thought I'd agree with you - but you're right: shamelessness is a word we all associate with Dreamworks...
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1:02PM on 07/01/2011
Great, and maybe next they can do "Farmville." Or "Peggle."
Great, and maybe next they can do "Farmville." Or "Peggle."
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2:18PM on 07/01/2011

I seem to remember a movie about angry birds already being made

and I think Albert Hitchcock directed it.
and I think Albert Hitchcock directed it.
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3:39PM on 07/01/2011

Maybe I live under a rock, or sumtin...

I never even heard of Angry Birds until I read an article on IGN.com yesterday.

So this is pretty popular apparently.
I never even heard of Angry Birds until I read an article on IGN.com yesterday.

So this is pretty popular apparently.
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3:52PM on 07/01/2011

Squeal like a piggy...

Only if its animated and short.
Only if its animated and short.
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4:10PM on 07/01/2011
So its not a sequel to 12 Angry Men?
So its not a sequel to 12 Angry Men?
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4:33PM on 07/01/2011
HUHHHHHHHH???????
HUHHHHHHHH???????
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6:43PM on 07/01/2011
Cool game. Don't see it as a movie.
Cool game. Don't see it as a movie.
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9:13PM on 07/01/2011
ha this should be like the animaniacs shorts with the pigeons, yes the game is very addicting.
ha this should be like the animaniacs shorts with the pigeons, yes the game is very addicting.
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10:19AM on 07/02/2011
Angry Birds would be great theatrical shorts. Full length film? Not so much.
Angry Birds would be great theatrical shorts. Full length film? Not so much.
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3:35PM on 07/02/2011

remember...

the whole "they're making a movie about facebook"??

so yeah.. after that i try to stay as hopeful as possible.. I mean, with the right people behind ANYTHING can be good

On the other hand, you may have the guy who directed Casino Royale, a terrific cast w/Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, a gazillion to spend on special FXs, a likeable super heroe... how can you go wrong? And yet the end result: Green Lantern
the whole "they're making a movie about facebook"??

so yeah.. after that i try to stay as hopeful as possible.. I mean, with the right people behind ANYTHING can be good

On the other hand, you may have the guy who directed Casino Royale, a terrific cast w/Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, a gazillion to spend on special FXs, a likeable super heroe... how can you go wrong? And yet the end result: Green Lantern
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7:49AM on 07/03/2011
I think this is awesome. You have a small company that unexpectedly blew up because of a clever app they've made, and, yada yada yada, a small crew of animators is now working on a feature film about birds vs. pigs. It's fucking cool that we'll be seeing animation from somebody that isn't Pixar, Dreamworks, or Sony for once.
I think this is awesome. You have a small company that unexpectedly blew up because of a clever app they've made, and, yada yada yada, a small crew of animators is now working on a feature film about birds vs. pigs. It's fucking cool that we'll be seeing animation from somebody that isn't Pixar, Dreamworks, or Sony for once.
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12:28AM on 07/04/2011
There is animation from studios other than those three all the time.
There is animation from studios other than those three all the time.
9:28AM on 07/04/2011
Sorry, but this is just the perfect opportunity to post this:

[link]

As others have said, you can make a good movie out of anything, and you can just as easily do the same with a bad movie. Just compare The Social Network ("lol, they're making a movie about Facebook") with Green Lantern (all-star cast and director, based on a franchise with decades of history and story behind it... what could possibly go wrong?)
Sorry, but this is just the perfect opportunity to post this:

[link]

As others have said, you can make a good movie out of anything, and you can just as easily do the same with a bad movie. Just compare The Social Network ("lol, they're making a movie about Facebook") with Green Lantern (all-star cast and director, based on a franchise with decades of history and story behind it... what could possibly go wrong?)
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