Angry Birds Toons
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds Toons is a series of shorts based on the very popular collection of mobile games and featuring a cast of the prominent characters. An ongoing rivalry exists between the pigs and the birds, often concerning possession of the birds' eggs, and their exchanges bring cartoon-style violence like extensive falls, blunt impact, and, of course, slingshot flinging. Unlike in the games, however, no characters die, and the worst of the impact only brings the occasional bruise or black eye. Nonverbal content, simplistic storylines, and brief running times (each short is under three minutes long) make this a fun pick for any age group, but seeing the characters in this format makes playing their games that much more enticing.
What's the story?
ANGRY BIRDS TOONS is a series of animated shorts featuring the central characters from the Angry Birds mobile games. The stories introduce the birds and the pigs and provide a back story for their rivalry that's the premise for the games. Some focus solely on the pigs or the birds, exploring their interspecies relationships, which are often fraught with power struggles and mishaps as well.
Is it any good?
Fans of Angry Birds will delight in this gem of a series that doesn't overextend itself beyond the limits of the games themselves. The animation and scenery stays true to what you see on Angry Birds apps, and, as in the games, the characters communicate only with grunts and other noises. The result is altogether fun, providing tiny glimpses into the characters and their relationships but leaving enough curiosity that you want to come back for more.
Of course, given that most of the exchanges between the birds and the pigs are contentious in nature, there's natural concern in sharing it with little kids. Rest assured that the content errs on the side of caution rather than reality (pigs plummet from a cliff and walk away unscathed, for instance), and that the worst you'll see is an occasional bruise or scrape. Think of it this way: If your kids aren't bothered by what they see when they play Angry Birds, then nothing in Angry Birds Toons will upset them, either.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the Angry Birds characters. What makes them so popular with fans? What did you learn about them in this show? How do they convey their thoughts without words?
Kids: Have you ever played the Angry Birds games? Does seeing these shorts make you more inclined to want to play them? How does what we see on TV influence our likes and dislikes?
What aspects of this series are violent? Kids: Did any of the content make you fear for the characters' safety? How do animators make violence a source of comedy? How would this content be different if the characters were actors instead of drawings?