LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--20th Century Fox’s upcoming animated comedy RIO 2 is again going to the birds – the Angry Birds – as the Studio announced today it is continuing and expanding upon its relationship with Rovio’s blockbuster “Angry Birds” brand. The partnership was launched two years ago with the game “Angry Birds Rio,” which became a global sensation and topped the charts in over 115 countries.
Rovio’s “Angry Birds Rio” game features hundreds of levels of quality entertainment and signature fun. Forthcoming updates will include four episodes, each of which is thematically and visually connected to new 20th Century Fox’s RIO 2 animation film adventures of Blu, Jewel and the gang. The episodes will be released as updates in the current “Angry Birds Rio” game. Fans can easily download the content updates and enjoy the new levels - here are some initial reactions from the Angry Birds fan communities:
"Flingers rejoice! Angry Birds Rio is one of our favorite Angry Birds
games and Rovio just knocked our socks off by announcing yet another
update! Not only does "Rocket Rumble" include the gameplay we've all
grown to know and love, but new additions like Stella and Rocket Chuck
add some fun twists."
- Bird Leader, Angry Birds Nest
"The new levels are sure to delight both pigs and birds alike :)“
-Foreman Pig, Pigineering
The first RIO 2 film themed game update will take flight on December 18, 2013, with additional frequent new content rolling out in the next six months. The film’s worldwide release will be in April 2014.
Angry Birds Rio game also features a Rio branded video channel inside ToonsTV with exclusive sneak peeks coming soon!
In the game “Angry Birds Rio,” the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel--two rare macaws who are the two principal characters of the films RIO and RIO 2. “Angry Birds Rio” gameplay pairs the familiar physics-based interactions of the original game with unique twists based on the films.
Additionally, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Rovio Entertainment have again joined forces to offer a robust line of complementary retail products. Launching in January 2014, the global licensing program will span all key categories, with new styles and products launching throughout the year. With much of the “Angry Birds RIO” artwork based on key locations throughout Brazil, the game and products will bring consumers into the RIO world. The partnership will also bring exclusive content to fans of the game.
Update your Angry Birds Rio game today for new free episode Rocket Rumble, or download the game from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore! Preview the levels in the gameplay trailer: http://youtu.be/KWLjhEzg-Gw.
ABOUT “RIO 2”
It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they’re joined by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.
The film stars Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jamie Foxx, as well as Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars and Kristin Chenoweth.
ABOUT 20TH CENTURY FOX FILM
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX CONSUMER PRODUCTS
A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.
ABOUT ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com