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Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 17, 2014 by  



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If you love the “Angry Birds” video games, you will enjoy this latest animated collection featuring over two dozen, short “Angry Birds Toons” animated episodes. 

Images courtesy of © 2014 Rovio Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Angry Birds Toons – Season One, Volume Two

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 101 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 1:78:1 aspect ratio, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Closed Captions

COMPANY: Rovio/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: Not Rated

Release Date: April 11, 2014

Directed by ric Guaglione, Kim Helminen, Christopher Sadler, Kari Juusonen, Thomas Lepeska, Avgousta Zoureidi, Mauro Casalese, Carl Upsdell, Lauri Konttori, Janne Roivainen, Meruan Salim

Written by Pavel Andonov, Marie Beardmore, Ashley Boddy, Ian Carney, Valerie Chappellet, Glenn Dakin, Eric Guaglione, Miikka Haleyi, Richard Hansom, Anastasia Heinzl, Stuart Kenworthy, Lauri Konttori, Niklas Lindgren, Richard PReddy,, Mikko Polla, Janne Roivainen, JP Saari, Christopher Sadler, Les Spink, Samuli Valkama, David Vinicombe

Produced by Soren Fleng

Executive Producer: Nick Dorra, Mikael Hed, Mikko Polla

Music by Ari Pulkkinen, David Schweitzer, Michael A. Reagan, Alexander Roder, Benny Oschmann, Salla Hakkola, Douglas Black HEaton

Edited by Rikke Malene Nielsen, Andrew Ward, Suvi Ryhanen, Uwe Rafael Braun, Paolo Kalalo, Holly Pavlik, Duncan Rochfort

Production Design by Cesar Chevalier, Jean-Michel Rochfort

Starring:

Antti Paakkonen as Corporal Pig/Minion Pigs

Antti Paakkonen as Red

Heilja Heikkinen as Blues

Lynne Guaglione as Bues

Pasi Ruohonen as Bomb

Matti Laitinen as Chef Pig

Rauno Ahonen as Moustache Pig

Douglas Black Heaton as Bomblebee

Welcome back to Piggy Island, where the Angry Birds’ survival is at stake! Join Red, Chuck, Matilda, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they continue to hatch up schemes to foil the sneaky Bad Piggies who plot to steal their eggs. Based on one of the most popular games in history, ANGRY BIRDS TOONS: SEASON ONE – VOLUME TWO brings back fan-favorite characters for 26 more fun-filled adventures. Will our heroes defeat the mischievous Piggies once and for all? Toon in and find out!

Every decade has had its fair share of video games that would go on to become a merchandising powerhouse.

For Finnish computer game developer, Rovio Entertainment, “Angry Birds” has become a blockbuster franchise since its release back in 2009 on the Apple iOS.

With several video games released on various platforms and due to the success of the video game series, “Angry Birds Toons” would continue the popularity of the game through an animated series that would appear on Comcast’s Xfinity On-Demand and Samsung Smart TV’s and Roku set-top boxes.

With each episode nearly three minutes long, a brand new Blu-ray collection titled “Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two” continues the fun of the second half of season one with 26-mini episodes plus an Easter Holiday special and 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes.

VIDEO:

“Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).  Because the game has always been colorful, the cool aspect of the animated series is that it remains consistent with the video game in terms of environment design and character design.

While not an animated series that is super-detailed, it still contains the characteristics of each Angry Birds protagonists and antagonists.  And the series is quite vibrant on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two” is presented in stereo.  Because there is no spoken dialogue, just the bird and pig noises, there is a musical score and your occasional sound effects.  But for the most part, it’s not an active soundtrack but it fits the style of the series, which compliments the video game series.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two” comes with the following special features:

  • Easter Egg Hunt – A very short,  under a minute “Angry Birds” animation.
  • Meet the Characters – Get to know Bomb Bird, Terence, Chef Pig and Corporal Pig.
  • Behind the Scenes – A four part behind-the-scenes making of “Angry Birds Toons” from character design; producing, directing and coordinating; compositing; tools and color grading and sound design, voice acting and music.

As my 11-year-old watches “Angry Birds Toons” and enjoys each episode because he is part of the generation that played the game like crazy on the iPad, having played the game many times myself, I find myself reminiscing the old Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner animated series that I grew up watching.

From the various ways Wile E. Coyote tried to trump the Road Runner with various schemes to trap or hurt it, he was always unsuccessful.  And the same can be said of “Angry Birds Toons”, where the pigs are always unsuccessful when it comes to the Angry Birds.

While the majority of the series features the pigs trying to outwit the birds and steal their eggs or do something to cause trouble, these birds are always on top of everything.

You will find episodes that deal with Corporal Pig or Chef Pig, but the result is the same and what changes are the antics and schemes of the pigs.  From one episode of the Minion pigs trying to disguise themselves as cabbages, so they don’t get caught, to a pig leader saddened that he lost his blue bird which he considered as a pet, or a group of pigs trying to thwary the bigger red bird.  These are all fun, short videos.

While my son enjoyed the 26-episodes for the second half of season one,  enough to watch it twice.  I realized as we grew up with “Looney Tunes” and the “Tom and Jerry” animated series, for today’s children who have no access to those old series, are now growing up with Angry Birds and whatever is popular on their parents tablet or smart phone. And for my son, aside from “Minecraft” and “Plants vs. Zombies”, “Angry Birds” is a series that both he and my wife are familiar with and together, they enjoyed the series, as did I.

It’s a simple series that parents should not be too worried about watching with their children.  If you are familiar with the video games, then you know the animated series is not too dangerous and also there is no spoken dialogue, so there is nothing to worry about with that either.  Also, these episodes are quite short at less than three minutes, so it’s easily an accessible series on Blu-ray.

While I wished the episodes were longer, I have no doubt in my mind that families and children will enjoy “Angry Birds Toons – Season One – Volume Two”.  While the Blu-ray is vibrant and the 2.0 soundtrack is good, you also get a few short special features included an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series.

If you love the “Angry Birds” video games, you will enjoy this latest animated collection featuring over two dozen, short “Angry Birds Toons” animated episodes.

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