The birds have a plan for the pigs
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
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