The birds have a plan for the pigs

CityPress - - T# - Di­rec­tors: Clay Kaytis, Fer­gal Reilly Voices: Peter Din­klage, Ja­son Sudeikis, Kate McKin­non

Set­tler colo­nial­ism is a con­cept one ex­pects to de­con­struct in a univer­sity class­room, not in a movie theatre while watch­ing an an­i­mated film based on a video game.

In The An­gry Birds Movie, Red, an out­cast bird with a hor­ri­ble tem­per, tries to warn his overly cheer­ful, flight­less neigh­bours about the sus­pi­cious green pigs that have just ar­rived on their is­land. He is wary of the new­com­ers’ mo­tives, but the other birds on the is­land are too busy in­dulging in the flashy tech­nol­ogy the pigs brought and con­demn Red’s con­cern as in­hos­pi­tal­ity.

To get to the bot­tom of the pig­gies’ mas­ter plan, he joins forces with two other out­casts, Chuck and Bomb. Sure, bring your chil­dren and their car­pool bud­dies to see An­gry Birds in 3-D, but also grab a pen and pa­per to take notes be­cause, while the kids laugh as the ill­tem­pered Red gets through anger man­age­ment classes one sar­cas­tic in­sult at a time, the plot can teach its older au­di­ences a thing or two about coloni­sa­tion, “new world” im­pe­ri­al­ist rhetoric and op­pres­sor tac­tics. To add to the mix, Chuck, a jit­tery and speedy yel­low bird, dis­plays sev­eral “fem­i­nine” in­ter­ests and be­hav­iours, de­spite the fact that he is a male char­ac­ter, bring­ing to the sur­face themes around the dis­ar­ma­ment of so­ci­ety’s gen­der norms. Although the film lacks re­lat­able ref­er­ences and the knee-slap­ping clev­er­ness mas­tered by other pop­u­lar an­i­mated films, view­ers may find them­selves lost in the his­tor­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions and so­cial com­men­tary run­ning through the plot. An­gry Birds may fail to mes­merise one’s in­ner child, but it can cer­tainly keep the in­ner aca­demic’s mind reel­ing. THE NEXT CHAP­TER

Watch as this pop­u­lar game comes to life

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