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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (U) MOST animated films are hard-wired with an important life lesson. The Angry Birds Movie, a feature-length animated spin-off from the fiendishly addictive smartphone games, tears out a new page from the self-help manual: it's OK to get mad as long as you can channel that aggression in a positive direction.

The central character of Clay a Kaytis and Fergal Reilly's film certainly spits feathers in the pursuit of a greater good.

Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where an unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah sentences him to a course in anger management.

Fellow attendees include wise-cracking live wire Chuck (Josh Gad who voiced Olaf in Frozen), who can move at superbird speed, the aptly named Bomb, who self-combusts when surprised or stressed, and hulking Terence, who communicates in booming growls.

When a ship full of pigs arrives, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending The birds to defend against disaster. Other birds fail to heed his warnings and when his doom-laden prophecy comes to pass, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to locate the island's mysterious protector, Mighty Eagle.

The Angry Birds is also a lot of fun so long as you ignore the predictable plot and animation quality which doesn't soar to the dizzy heights of Pixar.

get ready themselves pigs


The birds get ready to defend themselves against the pigs

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 13, 2016
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