Well, it looks like that Angry Birds movie sequel is a thing that not only continues to exist but will actually be released in theatres. Honestly, this was going to be one of our April fools day articles, but apparently, reality is so ridiculous these days that even our jokes are coming true. Oh well.
It’s not entirely shocking that the original film is getting a second entry. The Angry Birds Movie performed decently at the box office, bringing in a very respectable $352 million. This also positioned the film as the second highest grossing video game movie of all time. The number 1 grossing video game movie? The adaptation of Warcraft, which benefitted very heavily from its international box office.
A lot of familiar faces will be returning for this new adventure. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage are all set to return to reprise their various roles. Also joining the cast is Leslie Jones as a purple bird named Zeta who lives on a frozen island and can apparently fire giant ice balls out of a massive cannon. So, at least the film series is continuing the game’s tradition of flinging projectiles at each other.
Going by the trailer, it looks like the main conflict will involve Jones’ character wanting to get away from her arctic home and go somewhere warmer. It also looks like the birds and their sworn enemies, the pigs, may have to team up in order to take down an even bigger threat. Truly a team up of epic cinematic proportions.
There is some hope that this film may turn out to be a worthwhile time at the theatre. After all, the voice cast for this film is absolutely stellar, with several of the actors involved being genuinely hilarious in most of their other projects. However, most of these actors were also in the previous film, which scored a lackluster 44% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But hey, maybe Leslie Jones will end up being that extra shot in the arm this film series needs?
The Angry Birds Movie 2’s current release date is August 16, 2019, coming out right near the end of summer. This should help it avoid being crushed by films like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Toy Story 4, and probably its most direct competitor, Detective Pikachu. It’s going to be an interesting year for cinema, with both Pokémon and Angry Birds going head to head for the crown of best video game movie of 2019, and possibly even of all time.
It basically boils down to what people want to see more, the toilet humor of Angry Birds 2, or the disturbing realism of Lickitung’s tongue.