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Angry Birds animated series entering production

In news that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, app developer Rovio has announced that it will be producing an animated series based on its ridiculously successfull Angry Birds game franchise.

The move to the small screen is part of Rovio's overall marketing strategy which kicked into full gear last year and has already given birth to Angry Bird board games, stuffed animals and iPhone accessories. According Rovio's CEO, Mikael Hed, the studio had pegged Angry Birds for a movie or  show early on, but only recently has it been able to evaluate the market and confidently move forward with the project.

"We have been looking at that for quite a while, and that is definitely one of my personal big focus areas right now -- to work on broadcast content for 'Angry Birds,' " said Hed in a chat with C21media.net.

Rovio has yet to confirm who will be joining them in their venture, or if Angry Birds will make their Hollywood debut on TV, the internet or as downloadable episodes on portable devices. As for the show's voice actors, I've always envisioned Steve Buscemi as the Yellow Bird,  Tobey Maguire for the Red Bird, and John Ratzenberger for the pigs. And really, it's not like Rovio can't afford them.

Jan 19, 2011

[Source: New York Post via Gamustra]
 

17 comments

  • mrmorozov987 - January 23, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    Really? Really?!? Let me spell it out... ANGRY BIRDS IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING INNOVATIVE, SPECIAL, OR FUN ENOUGH TO EARN ALL THIS ATTENTION. The exact gameplay of Angry Birds has been available for years as stupid Flash games. There's absolutely nothing of notability about it. It's not exceptionally fun. It's not charming. It's a Flash game, and absolutely nothing more. Even though my only handheld gaming machine is my iPod touch, I hate Angry Birds because it deserves absolutely none of this attention, while exceptionally innovative App Store games have received no attention. Angry Birds is (to a small degree) like Elvis Presley. They're both just fine, content-wise, but the only thing they did is copy a concept that's been done before and add nothing to it, and don't deserve a tenth of the attention they've received (again, to a much lesser extent).
  • GorditaSlim - January 20, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    This proves that the existence of "cash birds," which like their distant relative, the "cash cow," can easily be milked and milked and milked.
  • Radimir - January 20, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    Still, better than if it were Farmville.
  • HankVenture - January 19, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    Ok, I actually do enjoy the Angry Birds game, but they are running this into the ground.
  • db1331 - January 19, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Enough is enough. It's a sub-average game that only gained popularity when they gave it away for free. You could play the same thing on the internet with a mouse and nobody gave a damn, but the instant you let some iTard control it by dragging a finger across the screen, you would think it was god damn Ocarina of Time or BioShock. This garbage only SEEMS good to some people because of the lack of competition. What else are the casuals going to do? Buy smurf berries to upgrade their smurf village?
  • renkun67 - January 19, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    I have lost all faith in the world.
  • Ilyere - January 19, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    This Angry Birds phenomenon is going a little too far now... Do people enjoy watching birds knocking pigs off buildings?
  • rabidpotatochip - January 19, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    @spawny0908 I think the "meet the classes" videos were about as much as Valve could do for a TF2 show. Angry Birds, and I admit I've never played it, has about as much plot substance as the original Mario Bros which makes it easy to come up with crazy excuses as to why those birds haven't fortified their defenses better.
  • WTeen8 - January 19, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Wait, there's a Board Game?! And how are they gonna do this?
  • spawny0908 - January 19, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Wait this gets a show and TF2 doesn't?! WTF?!?!?!
  • P0LARCLAW - January 19, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Kill it! Kill it now!
  • solsurvivor - January 19, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    Maybe it will be a reality show about how this game ruins the lives of everyone who touches it. I hope Donald Trump is involved.
  • SuperStingray - January 19, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Game-based TV shows aren't that bad. It's the movies that generally suck.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 19, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Join us nexst week to see if THIS angry bird can knock down THIS pig. As if we don't already have enough crappy shows.
  • Kaizo616 - January 19, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    I think this has gone far enough now. It's a physics based game app, the story isn't exactly mind-blowing.
  • RamenChimera - January 19, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Now I just want a Limbo TV show lol
  • oryandymackie - January 19, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    And to think that once, Angry Birds was a game...

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