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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.
The shorts aren't out to promote anything but frivolous laughs, but they excel in this department with clean antics and exceptional nonverbal communication. The stories often center on a longtime rivalry between birds and pigs, who are relentless in their attempts to steal the birds' eggs and otherwise torment them. For their part, the birds can dish it out as well, sabotaging and tricking the pigs into some sticky situations.
Positive Role Models
Pigs and birds have an antagonistic relationship marked by kidnapping attempts on the birds' eggs, practical jokes, and other mayhem, but the exchanges are more comical than angry, and everyone emerges unscathed.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon-style antics are comical but have no realistic effects. High-speed crashes, blunt impact, long falls, heavy objects that crush, explosions, and, of course, slingshot ammunition, etc., none of which causes more than the occasional black eye or dizzy head.
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Products & Purchases
The characters are derived from a popular series of mobile games and apps, and getting to know their personalities and relationships takes playing the games to a new level of fun.
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.
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.
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