ESPOO, Finland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securing a very coveted release date for China, Rovio Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie is set to coincide with the U.S. theatrical release on May 20. The film will be marketed and brought to the cinemas throughout the country by 1905 Pictures and will have its China 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. It speaks very strongly to the continued popularity of the ‘Angry Birds’ global brand and the quality and appeal of The Angry Birds Movie, said Tommy Korpinen, President, Rovio Animation. “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. We are very pleased to have secured a release slot and a great date for May 20th”
“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,” said Li Yi, General Manager, 1905 Pictures. “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.”
About The Angry Birds Movie
The Angry Birds Movie will be released in theaters internationally on May 12th and nationwide in the U.S. and China on May 20th.
In the 3D animated comedy The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) 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.
Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Hannibal Buress (Daddy’s Home, Broad City), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street”), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who co-writes and performs the original song “Friends." The film also features brand new music from Demi Lovato, Charli XCX, Matoma, and Steve Aoki. The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder. The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.
About Rovio Animation
Rovio Animation creates and distributes family-friendly animation properties for audiences worldwide. Rovio Animation distributes content through ToonsTV, the multi-channel video entertainment app available on iOS, Android and Apple TV. In addition, Rovio Animation manages the licensed consumer products business based on the globally known Angry Birds franchise, as well as the licensing and publishing of other properties. The Angry Birds Movie, Rovio Animation's first full-length feature film, is slated for release in May 2016.
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