Directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly on creating Angry Birds for the big screen

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Rovio’s Angry Birds has seen it all. It started as a simple mobile game where you shoot birds out of a slingshot in order to save their eggs from the evil pigs, and it has become a huge multi-million dollar franchise that has seen everything from toys to an animated series. Now, a full-length feature film is coming this weekend.

Recently we had a chance to chat with directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. They talked about the design of Red, the voice cast, casting Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle, and the concept of creating a whole new world for these characters, especially since the original games really had no story for the birds (just swipe and bring down structures in order to save the eggs).

“It was a long process honestly, we always knew we wanted to keep [Red] recognizable, all the characters really,” Kaytis said. “We looked at his brows, his face which was the most recognizable parts of all the characters and we built out from there. With everything else, it’s still Red or Chuck or Bomb from the game, and everything is like out own invention.”

With Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), the team wanted to add more depth to the Might Eagle.

“John Cohen, our producer, is a genius in casting and finding the right actor for the part,” Reilly said. “We all talked about who would be great, and we all had our picks. We didn’t think it was a possibility in the world that we would ever get Peter Dinklage. He was blowing up on Game of Thrones. The character he played is so interesting and just rich, and we didn’t want the Mighty Eagle to just be the character from the game that just comes in and cleans the slate for everyone. We knew he had to be a complex character because he is sort of the comedic foil for these three guys.”

You can watch the full interview below:

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