Frankly, who knows whether the Angry Birds Movie will be good or terrible... But if this surprisingly great first look at the characters as they'll appear in the film - and the solid and diverse voice cast - is anything to go on, it might surprise us yet.
We also learned who will be voicing who - and it's also mighty impressive. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) will lead the cast as Red, Josh Gad (Frozen's Olaf) is the yellow bird, Chuck, Danny McBride (This is the End) is the massive black bird, Bomb. Alongside them, Bill Hader (SNL, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) seems to be voicing one of the villainous Piggies, Maya Rudolph will voice the white girl-bird, Matilda, and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) will be voicing the Mighty Eagle.
|Red (centre) is voiced by Sudeikis, Chuck (to the right of Red) by Gad, Matilda|
(to the left of Red) by Rudolph and Bomb (left of Matilda) by McBride.
Also on the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) and, oddly, Smosh (y'know, from YouTube...). Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly (animation industry veterans but directorial newbies) are at the helm, Jon Vitti (The Simpsons) is writing, and it's being produced by some of the people behind Despicable Me, Iron Man and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The strange oval-isation of the formerly round Red bird aside, this Angry Birds news is all good! Particularly Dinklage, (although hopefully he sounds a little more enthusiastic than he did in Destiny) Gad and Hader. This could be very good; the lack of story to the game could work in the film's favour, with the talented filmmakers having free rein. Hopefully this ends up more like The Lego Movie and less like Battleships... It opens on 1st July, 2016.