Angry Birds - BirLd Cup
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
YouTube competition series misses goal with poor format.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Encourages the young players to celebrate each other's achievements, but the challenges and episodes are too short-lived for any real sense of teamwork. Although contest is inspired by soccer, many of the games don't relate to the sport at all, so there's some appeal even for viewers who aren't enthusiasts. There's a general push for physical activity, with professional soccer players as mentors.
Positive Role Models
The four soccer professionals involved share their expertise with the kids and cheer them on in challenges, but there's very little time for actual coaching. Instead their presence, star quality inspire the kids they work with.
Violence & Scariness
Some slapstick comedy at the hands of the Bad Piggies, who like to take out their frustrations on each other by breaking objects on each other's heads.
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Products & Purchases
The World Cup, Everton Football Club, Angry Birds, and apparel brand Umbro get a lot of visibility in this web series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds - BirLd Cup is a YouTube Premium series in which two teams of kids face off in challenges that relate to soccer, Angry Birds games, or both. Four professional players work with the kids to lead the teams and demonstrate new skills, and the players accumulate points for their group when they complete the tasks successfully. The episodes run only a few minutes in length, so there's little time for quality coaching or illustrations of teamwork, but most of the games involve physical activity of some kind. Not surprisingly, the Angry Birds brand is prominent, and some of the games' animated characters (in particular Red, Chuck, and the Bad Piggies) appear throughout the show. Apparel company Umbro and the Everton Football Club also gets a lot of screen time.
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What's the Story?
ANGRY BIRDS - BIRLD CUP is a series of competitions between teams of kids with their professional soccer coaches from the Everton Football Club, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. In each episode, Team Red and Team Chuck face a new challenge -- a new soccer skill, a game like bottle flipping, memory or trivia tests, and even an Angry Birds-inspired structure for target practice on the pitch -- and their successes earn points for their team. Hosts Tekkerz Kid and Ruby commentate between the action, and the Bad Piggies do a mediocre job of keeping score, while pro players Wayne Rooney and Cenk Tosun also drop by to challenge the kids' skills and give them some pointers along the way. Brief clips of World Cup action are interspersed throughout the shorts.
Is It Any Good?
This YouTube Premium series piggybacks on the popularity of the 2018 World Cup with its somewhat odd pairing of the Angry Birds brand and professional soccer. The involvement of the pro players will draw young fans, but the overall presentation leaves a lot to be desired. With episodes only a few minutes in length, there's very little time to show team development, skills improvement, complex challenges, or even quality interaction between the mentors and the young players relative to the game of soccer.
On a human-interest level, Angry Birds - BirLd Cup is a unique advertisement for the sport and the momentous event of the World Cup itself. The fact that most of the challenges involve physical activity is another plus, especially where kids are involved, but the show's abridged format curtails its general appeal.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about sports and how they challenge competitors. Besides physical strength, what other skills are rewarded in a game like soccer? How does competition help players improve? How does it feel to win a contest? To lose one? Does your family enjoy watching sporting events like the World Cup?
What role(s) do mentors play in your kids' lives? Do your kids have different role models for different areas of their lives? How do role models inspire us? If someone you admire made a bad decision, would it change your impression of him or her?
Kids: Is a sense of teamwork inherent in group tasks, or is it something you have to work to achieve? Do you like to be a leader, or are you better as a follower? How does a team dynamic change when there's disagreement? How do you work to resolve conflicts in situations like that? What, if anything, did you learn about teamwork from Angry Birds - BirLd Cup?
- Premiere date: June 5, 2018
- Cast: Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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