Last month I went to Hawaii for The Angry Birds Movie press junket. Since then I've shared the amazing things I got to do in the spirit of the movie:
- I went ziplining at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
- I did yoga at The Four Seasons Resort Maui.
- I explored Maui and snorkeled on a Kai Kanani excursion.
- I attended a luau and interviewed Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph and Jason Sudeikis, three hilarious and talented voice actors from the movie.
But the whole reason I was in Hawaii was for the movie, and I was happy that screening The Angry Birds Movie was the first item on my busy itinerary!
I'm not going to share any spoilers from The Angry Birds Movie. I just want to tell you how I feel about the movie from a parent's perspective.
I've played the Angry Birds app many times over the years, but I honestly never knew that there was a real story behind the game. It turns out that there is a story, and I'm the only person who's played the game who didn't know it.
From what I've learned, the plot of The Angry Birds Movie stays true to the game, but it's more fleshed out. As someone who didn't know the story, I had no problem following the film from the start to the finish.
As a parent, The Angry Birds Movie is definitely a movie I'd take my kids to. It's pure entertainment from start to finish, with a sweet lesson on friendship and community built into it.
There are a few jokes aimed at adults. I'll admit that, in general, they're not appropriate, but they seemed even more funny when I realized just how far they would fly above my kids' heads.
The big thing I really appreciated about The Angry Birds Movie was the complete lack of scary scenes or startling moments. I'm not going to lie: this is not just about protecting my kids, who scare easily. I'm the parent and sometimes the animated movies scare me!
Finally, the superstar cast put The Angry Birds Movie over the top in terms of comedy and entertainment. You already know about Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad (and you know I think Josh Gad can do no wrong!), but there are so many more big names in this movie!
Go see The Angry Birds Movie and be prepared to hear characters voiced by Peter Dinklage, bill Hader, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell and plenty of others!
Check out the newest trailer for The Angry Birds Movie:
About The Angry Birds Movie:
In The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely.
In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage, as well as Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Tituss Burgess, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, YouTube stars Smosh, and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who writes and performs the original song “Friends,” the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder.
The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.
Disclosure: Sony flew me to Maui and covered most expenses to facilitate this and other experiences related to The Angry Birds Movie.