SEE RED

FIND OUT WHY THE AN­GRY BIRDS ARE SO MAD IN THIS BIG SCREEN AD­VEN­TURE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - PETER MITCHELL

Josh Gad, af­ter voic­ing Olaf the al­ways cheery snow­man in Frozen, knows a bit about the keys to mak­ing a suc­cess­ful fam­ily film.

He also gets re­minded of the suc­cess ev­ery day when he is mobbed by chil­dren while pick­ing up his daugh­ters Ava and Is­abella from school. “It’s crazy,” Gad laughs. “It’s like Beatle­ma­nia in the two to five-year-old mar­ket.”

He had reser­va­tions when a script for a new fea­ture length 3D an­i­mated film based on the pop­u­lar video game An­gry Birds landed on his desk.

Af­ter the $US1.3 bil­lion global box of­fice suc­cess of Dis­ney’s Frozen, and bil­lions of more dol­lars in mer­chan­dise sales, Gad re­ceives a lot of script of­fers for an­i­mated films.

“When I heard the words ‘The An­gry Birds Movie’ I was scep­ti­cal,” Gad re­calls. “I said, ‘Why does this have to be a thing?’ But I got pitched this in­cred­i­ble 20-minute reel where it be­came al­most im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent to me that the movie was much more than a game that peo­ple may or may not have played.

“The com­par­i­son I think works best is The Lego Movie – we all went into it think­ing it was go­ing to be one thing and it was an­other.”

Gad voices Chuck, a hy­per­ac­tive, im­pa­tient bird that is po­lar op­po­site to the benev­o­lent Olaf the snow­man.

The voice cast also in­cludes Ja­son Sudeikis as the tem­per tantrum throw­ing Red, Danny McBride as the volatile Bomb, Maya Ru­dolph as re­formed an­gry bird Matilda who runs an anger man­age­ment class and Peter Din­klage as the leg­endary Mighty Ea­gle.

Un­like the An­gry Bird games, which have been down­loaded more than three bil­lion times, the birds have legs. And just like the game, the birds live on an is­land, get an­gry and use cat­a­pults to take on ri­val green pigs who steal their eggs.

The au­di­ence also dis­cov­ers why the birds are so an­gry.

Gad, be­cause his voice is associated glob­ally with Olaf, had to change it for Chuck.

It helped that Chuck is such a fre­netic bird and Olaf was chilled out.

“I pitched Chuck par­tic­u­larly high be­cause he is this lit­tle bird with this tiny, loud, fast voice,” Gad says. “But, I did play around with it.

“First I tried to do Chuck with a Brook­lyn ac­cent, but then it be­came a thing on a thing. To me it was Chuck’s speed that guided my choice.” Gad also fu­elled up on sugar and caf­feine for his mul­ti­ple hour ses­sions in the sound booth, which was not a prob­lem for the chubby co­me­dian.

“Do I look like I have ever passed up an ex­cuse for sugar?” he smiles.

The An­gry Birds Movie opens to­day

Bomb (Danny McBride), Red (Ja­son Sudeikis) and Chuck (Josh Gad) in The An­gry Birds Movie.

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