Judge Patrick Naugle uses small creatures to destroy things around his home as well.
"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."
Rovio's Angry Birds app game is not just a hit but a bona fide cultural phenomenon. I'd actually place the Angry Birds up there with Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mario as one of the most popular game characters in the history of electronic gaming. Angry Birds is deceptively simple: fling birds with varying powers at wood, glass, and stone blocks that have little green pigs sitting atop of them. There isn't much more to the game than that, yet Angry Birds has taken the mobile gaming world by storm. From the smallest children to the oldest adults, seemingly everyone has played this little time waster for hours on end. I'll even admit that I've got multiple variations of the app on my phone, from a seasonal version to a Star Wars variation. Angry Birds is fun, addictive, and the best thing you can own when you're stuck waiting for an hour at the dentist's office.
The Angry Birds and their image have been slapped and adhered on everything from shower curtains to lunch pails to school notebooks. It was, of course, only a matter of time before the Angry Birds got their own cartoon series. Angry Birds Toons: Season One, Volume One features 26 episodes of the birds vs. the wily green pigs. Unlike typical animated shows, Angry Birds doesn't feature any dialogue (except for the occasional grunt or chirp); like the classic Looney Tunes, much of Angry Birds Toons is based on physical hijinks and wordless silliness. The bird's personalities are basically their shape and color: there's a round black one who's a bomb, a red one (serious leader), a triangular yellow one, three blue ones (almost childlike), a grumpy large one, etc. The pigs aren't typical bad guys, just mostly rascally animals that want the bird's eggs. It's all pretty innocuous and goofy.
The fact is, Angry Birds Toons is as light and fluffy as they come. Clocking in at just over 70 minutes, it's hard to believe that this is only half a season (why are they even calling these 'seasons' is beyond me). Each of these animated shorts is only a few minutes in length, which gives little time for character or plot. Mainly each cartoon is about A.) the pigs stealing the birds' eggs and B.) the birds angrily retaliating. Sometimes it involves someone getting covered in mud, or being stomped into the ground, or just beaten up by a really large red bird named Terence. The show does feature some violence but it's of the comical variety. Each of the episodes is entertaining enough, but it's hard to believe there's a lot of repeat value in this disc for anyone over the age of eleven.
Each episode is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p high definition. Those who have watched these shorts on their phones will be impressed with how good they look in high definition. Colors are bright and cheery and the image retains no amount of imperfection. Overall Sony has done a great job at making these cartoons look great. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby 2.0 in English. There isn't a lot to get excited about in this audio mix; this is a mostly front heavy mix without any directional effects. Since these shorts were created for smaller screens, an expansive 5.1 mix wasn't required. There are no alternate subtitles or soundtracks available on this disc.
The very light and insubstantial supplements include some "Meet the Characters" shorts ("Blues," "Chuck," "Matilda," "Red," "Pigs"), a character clip feature ("Meet the Flock"), three behind-the-scenes shorts ("Series," "Story," "Art'), a brief Christmas themed episode ("Wreck the Halls"), and some character art sketches.
If you've downloaded the game and spent endless hours trying to knock pigs off wood blocks, Angry Birds Toons: Season One, Volume One will probably be entertaining enough but mostly forgotten moments after you're finished. Much like the games they're based on, these shorts are meant to be quick, disposable entertainment. In that regards, the creators of this animated show have succeeded by leaps and bounds.
Amildly amusing time waster, while you're waiting for your next game
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