'Angry Birds' Lands Chinese Release Date
The movie features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride.
Sony's The Angry Birds Movie will fly into China on May 20, the same day it opens in the U.S.
The Rovio Animation film features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride. 1905 Pictures will spearhead the Chinese release of the film, which will premiere at the Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest," which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.
"We couldn't be more proud to bring The Angry Birds Movie to China as well as to the rest of the world," Rovio president Tomi Korpinen said. "It speaks very strongly to the continued popularity of the Angry Birds global brand and the quality and appeal of The Angry Birds Movie. The Chinese government manages the number of international releases in the market, and there is a rigorous process to get a movie approved for release."
Added 1905 Pictures general manager Li Yi: "It was so rewarding to go through the importing process with the movie and now we are ready for the whole country to see it. It's our great honor to work with Rovio to make this happen and with the existing fan base of the game, we hope to achieve great box-office results."
The 3D-animated comedy takes place on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds — or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gad) and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.