Video-game movies seem to be the next big genre, with popular titles like Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed getting cinematic adaptations. One of the more suprising titles to be prepared for the big screen is the hit mobile game Angry Birds.
My first reaction to the news was confusion and skepticism. In the game, you use a slingshot to shoot various birds with various abilities at fortifications built to keep the evil pigs from harm. Great movie right?
Now I don't expect the film to follow those lines directly. I expect them to focus more on the part where the pigs steal the birds' eggs, which instigates the birds to retaliate.
Judging from the animation of the picture above, the movie seems to have a Rio vibe to it, which looks promising. Rovio, the developers behind the game, is financing the film directly, so they have complete control over the film.
the movie already looks like it could definitely work, but with the casting choices, I'm very optimistic.
Red is more commonly known as the hero of the Angry Birds franchise. He is the first bird that you're introduced to in the original game. Throughout the series spin-offs, he has remained the main character, like playing Luke and Anakin Skywalker in the Angry Birds Star Wars games. Whoever voices him is going to have a bit of a heroic kind of voice, because Red is doubtlessly going to be the main protagonist of the film.
Jason is great for the role, as he has a very recognizable voice. He has that personality and charisma that could make for a good hero. He has a little voice-acting experience as well, as he voiced the character Bomba in the 2013 movie Epic.
Jason is known for Saturday Night Live and comedy movies such as Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, and We're the Millers.
Chuck is the side-kick of the franchise. He is often characterized by his signature burst of speed that gives him an advantage against wooden blocks and planks. To voice Chuck you are going to need someone jovial and light-hearted. Chuck is a bit of a jokester, and his voice-actor needs to be very light-hearted.
This casting decision amuses me. Even though Josh has acted in live-action films like Love & Other Drugs, he is most known for voice-acting the lovable snowman Olaf from the hit animated film Frozen. As Olaf, he displayed his vocal range, and showed us all that he could bring joy and light-hearted humor into the role.
Bomb is the heavy-hitter of the Angry Birds. He is big, bad, and able to explode. He is most known for being a one-man wrecking ball, as his explosions can cause quite a dent in enemy encampments. To voice Bomb, you are going to need a deep voice and a burly personality.
I was suprised to see Danny's name as Bomb because the majority of his roles aren't the most family-friendly. That being said, he has done a bit of voice acting in Despicable Me and Kung Fu Panda 2, so I'll give him a shot. He has that masculine voice that Bomb needs, so I believe he could actually do well in the role.
Danny is known for his parts in Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and Your Highness.
Matilda is the mother-hen of the group. Well not literally. She's not a hen, but you understand what I mean. She tends to assault the pigs by carpet-bombing with her own eggs, which is pretty extreme if you think about it. To voice Matilda, the voice-actor needs a caring, yet assertive voice.
The casting is starting to pick up an SNL theme, as it adds yet another alum. Maya has shown off her vocal talents while working on Saturday Night Live, both in singing skits and diverse characters. She has extensive voice-acting experience from Shrek the Third, The Nut Job, Big Hero 6, and Strange Magic.
Maya is also known for comedies like Bridesmaids and Grown Ups.
The pigs are the villains of the story. They band together in hordes underneath fortresses to protect themselves from the birds. They are ruled by larger pigs who can be distinguished by mustaches and crowns. To voice-act the pigs, you need someone with a flexible voice capable of giving different personalities to each of the minions.
This was an exciting casting decision to see. I have been a long-time fan of Hader's from his SNL days mostly because of his vocal talents. He rivals even Dana Carvey in his ability to go from character to character in a plethora of different voices in an instant. I could see him being able to being life to dozens of minions with different voices for each and every one.
He has provided voice-acting for a massive number of roles, including Turbo, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, South Park, and the upcoming Inside Out.
The Mighty Eagle isn't like the other birds. Instead of just being a common character, the Mighty Eagle only intervenes when he needs to, as his presence usually spells demise for any enemy pigs that dare oppose him. To voice him, you need a commanding character, one that boasts authority and overall command.
Go ahead, try to tell me that this casting isn't perfect. Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle is a great choice for one of many reasons. Peter has a great voice that has become widely recognizable over the years. He has acted in a variety of different roles from Elf to Game of Thrones, which has garnered him a large fan-base. Not to mention he is just an all-around legend, and this casting decision alone makes me want to go see this movie.
Other voice-actors in non-specified roles include Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live, Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele, and Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla of the legendary YouTube comedy duo Smosh.
Angry Birds hits theatres on May 13, 2016.
Which casting choice is your favorite?