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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (also referred to as Angry Birds 2) is a 2019 computer-animated comedy film based on Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds video game series, produced by Columbia Pictures, Rovio Animation and Sony Pictures Animation,[N 1] and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The sequel to The Angry Birds Movie (2016), the film is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice (in their directorial debuts) from a screenplay by Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage reprise their roles from the first film, with newcomers Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, and Eugenio Derbez joining the cast. The film concerns Red, Chuck, and Bomb being forced to team up with Leonard and the rest of the pigs when an advanced weapon threatens both Bird and Piggy Island.

The Angry Birds Movie 2
AngryBirdsMovie2Teaser.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byThurop Van Orman
Produced byJohn Cohen
Screenplay by
Based onAngry Birds
by Rovio Entertainment
Starring
Music byHeitor Pereira[1]
CinematographySimon Dunsdon
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • August 2, 2019 (2019-08-02) (United Kingdom and Ireland)
  • August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country
  • Finland
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$65 million[3]
Box office$118.6 million[4][3]

Production on a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie began in August 2016, with the goal being that the sequel improves upon the first film. New ideas for the film were conceived, with the premise being that the birds and pigs work together, which typically does not happen in most Angry Birds games. New characters for the film were announced in March 2019 along with new cast members. Heitor Pereira returned to compose the film's score, with artists such as Kesha and Luke Combs contributing tracks for the film.[5][6][7]

The film was theatrically released on August 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and in the United States on August 14, 2019. It has grossed $118 million worldwide and received mixed reviews,[8] with many considering the film an improvement over its predecessor.[9][10]

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PlotEdit

The birds and pigs are in constant war against each other after Piggy Island, which was destroyed in a prior battle with the birds,[N 2] is rebuilt. Eventually, a giant ice ball from a nearby isle called Eagle Island hits the sea near Piggy Island, forcing the pigs to seek an emergency truce with the birds. Zeta, the leader of Eagle Island, is fed up with her frozen surroundings and wants to occupy the two islands by shooting ice balls to force their inhabitants to evacuate.

Meanwhile, three hatchlings, one of whom is Terrence and Matilda’s daughter Zoe, plan to reenact a battle between birds and pigs using three eggs at a beach, but the eggs drift out to sea by accident. They set sail to retrieve them, but once they catch up to them, a whale blows them into a cloud. They manage to get them down after inflating Zoe into the air only to misplace them again.

Chuck and Bomb force Red to join them in a speed dating activity, where Red meets Chuck's sister Silver, an intelligent engineering student who deems him incompatible. Leonard, the King of Piggy Island, meets Red at his house and convinces him to build an alliance with the pigs. They recruit Bomb, Chuck, Mighty Eagle, and Silver. A team meeting in Mighty Eagle’s cave is disrupted when an ice ball hits Eagle Mountain, destroying a portion of the mountain during the process.

As the team travel to Eagle Island by submarine, Red assures the civilians that they do not need to evacuate. Once there, Mighty Eagle confesses that Zeta is his ex-fiancée whom he abandoned due to cowardice, and he retreats to Bird Island. Red insists on fighting alone and Silver decides to follow him. They intrude the base from the mouth of the weapon only to be captured by the guards. The other team members disguise themselves as a Trojan Eagle and grab a key card to get into the base. Their disguise rips apart, but not before they drive the eagle guards into a breakdance battle, allowing them to escape.

Elsewhere, the three hatchlings finally find the eggs on a small island, guarded by a boa constrictor. They defeat it and plan to drift back to Bird Island, but arrive at Piggy Island by mistake and are greeted by three piglets whom they travel with by a hot air balloon.

As Red and Silver are confined in ice, Zeta tells them her plan to fire ice balls filled with lava at both islands. Red, who regrets not telling the islanders to evacuate, admits his selfish desire to be liked by everyone to Silver, who comforts him and frees them both using her long crest-braids, reuniting with the team. Red gives up leadership to Silver, who establishes a plan to destroy the weapon. Silver and Red put themselves in an ice ball and roll on a rail towards Zeta's superweapon, but the plan fails and the whole team are confronted by Zeta and her guards, giving her a chance to fire the weapon.

Suddenly, Mighty Eagle arrives to apologize to Zeta, but she quarrels with him, revealing his name as Ethan and that she raised a daughter, her servant Debbie, on her own. While Zeta is distracted, Silver tells Chuck to tie up the weapon using her super string, which catches and decelerates the lava balls after Zeta fires them. As the string breaks, the hatchlings and the piglets passing by Eagle Island help grasp it. The lava balls slide back into the weapon, destroying the whole base.

Everyone escapes, and Mighty Eagle protects Debbie from being crushed by a metal plate, redeeming himself to her and Zeta. Mighty Eagle and Zeta get married on Bird Island, with Red as the chief witness. Everyone praises Red for saving the islands, but he credits Silver and the team for doing so, unveiling a Mount Rushmore-style monument to them, and to his surprise, being even more beloved for his honesty and selflessness. The birds and the pigs have a huge party to celebrate while Red and Silver begin a romantic relationship and Chuck comes in to interrupt the two.

In a pre-credits scene, the hatchlings put the eggs back home, but three snakelets hatch instead. The injured mother snake comes and exchanges the babies with them, only for the three new hatchlings to drift out to sea again, waving goodbye to their shocked sister.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

A sequel to The Angry Birds Movie was announced in August 2016.[20] It will be directed by The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack creator Thurop Van Orman, co-directed by John Rice, and written by Peter Ackerman. John Cohen will return from The Angry Birds Movie to serve as producer, with animation again handled by Sony Pictures Imageworks.[21] Imageworks' sister studio Sony Pictures Animation will release the film under their banner, despite having dropped out of co-producing the project beforehand and had not co-produced the first film either.[22]

In the summer of 2017, production designer Pete Oswald stated that the sequel would be more of an adventure movie that introduces new characters and locations into the world first established in The Angry Birds Movie. While he was not in a position to offer further details about the plot and characters, which remained unknown until the months before the film's release, he expressed hope that it would be a better film than the first installment.[5]

In the days before the film was released, Josh Gad stated that a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie was being made out of a desire to outdo the first film and try out new ideas, one of them being the idea of the birds and pigs forging an alliance to face a new enemy, which typically does not happen in most Angry Birds games. Gad then explained that the production team went forward with such premise not only because it seemed like an "ingenious" idea, but also because they felt it would feel most appropriate in light of the increasingly polarized political climate at the time, as people who disagree on significant issues struggle to find common ground.[6]

Casting and character revealsEdit

In April 2018, the majority of the voice cast was announced. Sudeikis, Gad, McBride, Rudolph, Hader, and Dinklage will reprise their roles from the first film. Jones will voice a new female villain,[23][24] revealed to be Zeta in the teaser trailer.[25] In December 2018, Nicki Minaj joined the cast of the film.[26] Upon its release, the teaser trailer briefly revealed that Hal, a green boomerang bird from the first film, will return in the sequel.[27] Anthony Padilla would return to voice Hal.[28] The following day, producer John Cohen announced in a tweet that Awkwafina will voice Courtney, the first named female pig in the Angry Birds franchise that briefly appeared in the teaser.[12]

When the film's first full trailer was released on March 27, 2019, more details about the sequel's characters and their voice roles were revealed. Among several new characters confirmed to appear in the movie was Silver, a bird first introduced in the Angry Birds 2 game.[11] In June, People revealed the identity of the white bird living with Zeta in the teaser trailer as Debbie, voiced by Tiffany Haddish who was one of several voice actors not listed in the initial casting.[17] Later that month, the film's final trailer revealed that Terrence, a large red bird from the first film, will appear without Sean Penn reprising his voice role.[29]

AnimationEdit

Unlike the previous film, the sequel was co-produced with Rovio Animation and Sony Pictures Animation. While it was possible to reuse assets from the first film instead of starting from scratch, significant work was needed to make them compatible with new technological systems that were adopted in the past few years. The animators faced great challenges attempting to create more realistic feather systems for the Birds' plumage, even with the help of Sony Pictures Imageworks' existing feather system that was first used in Stuart Little, especially when it came to designing the villain Zeta, the hardest character to animate in the film with over 1,000 controls, a very complex face structure and a tall, flexible torso. The team also faced a demanding task in designing visual effects for snow, ice, water and lava for the film and production was also affected by the unavailability of certain animators who were being used to complete Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse months prior, as well as the amount of time lost due to Sony moving the film's release date ahead by more than half a month.[30]

MusicEdit

Heitor Pereira, who previously composed the first film, returned to compose the score of The Angry Birds Movie 2. On July 25, 2019, American singer-songwriter Kesha released her song "Best Day" for the film as a single.[31] Days later, Luke Combs released a song, "Let's Just Be Friends" for the film as a single as well.[7] Both singles were played in the film's end credits.

ReleaseEdit

MarketingEdit

Sony released a teaser trailer and poster for the film on February 21, 2019.[27] A month later, the film's first full trailer was released[32] In late June, a final trailer was released.[33]

As with the first film, Sony also attempted to connect the film to certain social causes while marketing it, leveraging the premise of the threat of worlds being frozen to call attention to urgent action on climate change[34] and using Silver, who is depicted as a technical expert, as a model to inspire more young women to pursue STEM disciplines.[35]

The film was theatrically released in the United States on August 14, 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the debut of the original Angry Birds game. The film was originally scheduled to be released on September 20, 2019, but was moved two weeks from its original release date to September 6, 2019, then three weeks to August 16, 2019, then two days earlier to August 14, 2019, and finally a day earlier to August 13, 2019. [36][37][38][39][40][41] It was released two weeks earlier on August 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[42]

The film's North American theatrical release was preceded by Hair Love, a Kickstarter campaign short created by Matthew A. Cherry and Bruce W. Smith.[43]

Video gameEdit

A cooperative tie-in video game, The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure, was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4's PlayStation VR system[44] on August 6, 2019.[45] The game takes place aboard the Piggy Gadget Lab that the main characters use to get to Eagle Island for the film's climatic confrontation.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

As of September 15, 2019, The Angry Birds Movie 2 has grossed $39.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $79 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $118.6 million.[3][4]

In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross $16–18 million from 3,800 theaters over its first six days of release.[46] It made $2.6 million on its first day, ranking fifth and $5.7 million on its second.[47] It ended up making $16.2 million over the six-day span (including an opening weekend of $10.6 million), finishing in fifth. It was less than a third of the first film's $38.1 million debut, and was blamed on the marketing making the sequel look the same as the first, as well as the crowded marketplace.[48]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 72% based on 101 reviews, with an average rating of 5.74/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Like its non-aerodynamic title characters, The Angry Birds Movie 2 takes improbable yet delightfully entertaining flight, landing humorous hits along the way."[49] According to Rotten Tomatoes, it is the best-reviewed film adaptation of a video game on their website and the highest score for an animated video game movie.[N 3][50][51] On Metacritic, the film has an weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, the same score earned by its predecessor. It received an average 4 out of 5 stars and 72% "definite recommend" from parents and kids under 12 on PostTrak.[47]

Guy Lodge of Variety summarized his review with: "Perked up by some ingenious slapstick and Leslie Jones' inspired voice work, this gumball-bright sequel to 2016's game-based spinoff is another unexpected pleasure."[10] Sandie Chen of Common Sense Media gave the film a 3/5 stating, "Silly pranks, an ace voice cast, and a super-team mission storyline make this fast-paced sequel more fun than the original. It's a predictably well-intentioned second installment, in which the birds and pigs are forced to work together against an even more formidable foe. It also shows how Red's insecurity lingers, since he was only recently accepted and respected. Although some of the movie's jokes and sight gags are recycled (because, frankly, it's unlikely that little kids will ever get tired of naked piggy-butt jokes), the addition of the third mystery island is interesting enough to keep younger audiences guessing."[9] Bob Hoose of Plugged In praised the humor, stating, "Surprisingly, the whole frenetic animated escapade ends up being pretty entertaining and funny. Even adults will, at some point, snort out an unexpected chortle."[52] Simon Thompson of IGN gave the film a 6/10 stating, "The Angry Birds Movie 2 does what you’d expect it to do, some nice touches move the franchise forward, but it could have dug deeper as some other franchises have. The whole is less than the sum of its parts, but those parts just about make the grade. Kids or a certain age will love it, and ultimately that’s all that really matters here."[53]

SoundtrackEdit

The film's soundtrack, titled The Angry Birds Movie 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on August 9, 2019 only in digital format and is available to download through payment platforms.

It includes two songs previously unreleased and original from the movie: Luke Combs’ "Let’s Just Be Friends" and Kesha’s "Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)". The rest of the album consists of a compilation of eighteen classical pop music hits from 60's to 2000's decades, in different genres and various artists.

  1. "Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)" - Kesha - 2:59
  2. "Holding Out for a Hero" - Bonnie Tyler - 4,:21
  3. "All By Myself" (Single Edit) - Eric Carmen - 4:22
  4. "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett - 3:20
  5. "Get Ready (Orchestral Mix)" - 2 Unlimited
  6. " Angel" - Sarah McLachlan - 4:00
  7. " Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton - 3:20
  8. "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
  9. "Turn Down for What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon - 3:33
  10. "I Don't Want to Wait" - Paula Cole - 4:07
  11. "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
  12. "Fireball" (feat. John Ryan) - Pitbull - 3:56
  13. "Axel F" - Harold Faltermeyer - 3:01
  14. "Hello" - Lionel Richie - 4:14
  15. "Baby Shark" - Pinkfong
  16. "I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred - 4:14
  17. "The Final Countdown" - Europe - 4:03
  18. "Happy Together" - The Turtles - 2:50
  19. "Let's Just Be Friends" - Luke Combs - 3:21
  20. "We Run This" - Missy Elliott - 3:24

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sony Pictures Animation was not involved with the first Angry Birds Movie.
  2. ^ As depicted in The Angry Birds Movie.
  3. ^ In their Video Game Movies Ranked Worst to Best list, Rotten Tomatoes only included theatrically-released films with scores based on more than 20 reviews.

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