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  • Accidental Aesop: If someone new comes to your land, they're probably thieves who are going to steal your children.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Mighty Eagle really pull a Trickster Mentor routine on Red, Chuck and Bomb? Or was he lying in an effort to make himself look good? It warrants noting that Red doesn't believe the claim for a second.
    • Did Red decide to search the pigs' ship out of legitimate suspicion and concern for Bird Island, or was he trying to find any incriminating evidence to get back at the pigs for destroying his home?
  • Awesome Music: "Red on the Run", "Birthday Party", "Ready, Aim, Fire!", "I Used to Believe in You"
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  • Bowdlerise: The closing credits feature a song with the lyric "Me oh my, it's a hell of a life". On the soundtrack, it is changed to "Me oh my, it's a wonderful life".
  • Broken Base:
    • The typically limbless birds and pigs suddenly gaining arms and legs for the movie has Angry Birds fans and non-fans alike divided over whether or not the designs work or if the characters with arms/wings and legs was something man was not meant to see.
    • The fans in general are polarized by the teaser; one half is excited to see their favourite smartphone app game on the big screen, the other half is displeased by this destiny, though given the track record, the latter group's fears aren't entirely unjustified.
  • Comedy Ghetto: The films' emphasis on comedy is one of the most oft-cited reasons for its divisiveness, since emotional animated films like Zootopia and Finding Dory were more popular at the time.
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  • Critical Dissonance: While reception for the film was mixed in its entirety, audience reception still leaned more in the positive direction.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Bomb and Chuck gargling the water from the Lake of Wisdom, spitting it back and forth, and eventually swallowing it: Squick. Then Mighty Eagle takes a leak in said lake, at which point it becomes hilarious (and perhaps then goes right back to Squick).
  • Designated Hero: Red can zig-zag this trope. The first scene and the jury show him clearly mistreated and isolated from the others, providing also a sad background of him being bullied and having no parents. That said, he is shown acting like a complete Jerkass both around Matilda (who, unlike the judge, is not treating him unfairly) and the others, who are outcasts just like him, and defies every one of their attempts to befriend him (albeit in a polite manner). When the pigs come, he gets immediately antagonizing due to a wrong-doing. He is right about the fact that they destroyed his house (although unwillingly), and no one is offering to help repair it; however, he did something similar by destroying the puppet Chuck made (willingly), and he never offers to Chuck any help. Chuck even lampshades the analogy, and that goes over his head (though to be fair, Chuck does drop the whole thing with his puppet, and Red does apologize in a Deleted Scene at the banquet). Than he spends a good chunk of the movie being antagonistic toward the pigs due to this personal wrongdoing and pointing every single difference between them as ominous. After his meeting with Mighty Eagle, however, he steps into a decidely heroic role, becoming The Leader for the birds as a whole, facing personally the pigs to retrieve the eggs and risking his life to recover the one egg that Mighty Eagle doesn't recover.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The mime bird. "Oh my Gawwwww....”
    • And possibly to a lesser extent, Willow.
    • Mighty Eagle has a dedicated number of Chubby Chaser fans.
  • Epileptic Trees: "Angry Birds is anti-refugee propaganda".
  • Fridge Horror: While the games and other media have often portrayed it as somewhat dark comedy, the fact that these pigs are basically attempting to eat the unborn children of the birds (and they are definitely eggs that will hatch) is pretty unnerving.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The part where Bomb tries to jump to his death becomes this after Honey Mustard (who is voiced by Danny McBride, the same actor as Bomb) in Sausage Party (another film made by Sony that was released three months later) was successful in his attempt.
    • The whole thing with Red's anger management issues. Colossal has Jason Sudeikis, the voice of Red, as someone who's gone off the deep end with them.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: While Leonard initially use his vision of the friendship between the birds and the pigs as a decoy to steal the eggs, it does eventually happen in the sequel after both sides' successful team-up against the greater forces. No string attached as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Red. While he is a short-tempered introvert, the fact that he's shunned and ignored by the other birds in the community (save for a few) and having grown up with no family, it actually makes perfect sense why he's so short-tempered and antisocial, and it's hard not to feel bad for him at certain points (especially the scenes in which Red losing his temper is totally justified).
  • Moe: The titular Hatchling from the The Hatchling and the Worm shorts. Likewise, any hatchlings shown in the film. Some fans find them adorable.
  • Narm: The montage that illustrates how Red is isolated from the rest of the island and is lonely as a result, set to "Behind Blue Eyes," could have worked. Too bad they used the Limp Bizkit cover for it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: One of the Blues is voices by Noah Schnapp—who would later go on to play Will Byers.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus is along the lines of this, seeming to have a flaw for every good thing about the movie. As far as movies based on video games go, however, that's saying something.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The new style threw long time fans for a loop. Likewise most weren't keen on hearing the characters speak.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Stella, despite being one of the main characters in the franchise (not to mention getting her own game with it's own story and characters) and having the voice of Kate McKinnon, is Demoted to Extra in the movie.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The film has been called out for having a message that can easily be constructed as "immigration equals invasion and they're going to steal all your stuff", just like certain right-wing politicians are saying these days. Many anti-immigration pundits even took to Twitter praising this supposed message, not that it's a good sign when your only big budget ally in Hollywood is a Sony-produced animated film (though Sony Pictures Animation was not involved with this film whatsoever).
  • Video Game Movies Suck: Downplayed. Though not necessarily bad, it has received mixed reviews from critics and has only a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of a 5/10 (Which is still pretty high as far as video game movies go, only Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - which also bares little resemblance to the games- has a higher RT rating, not that it says much).
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Despite the changes, one thing that was agreed that the film does look gorgeous.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Other than the infamous "Lake Of Wisdom" scene, there are a lot of innuendo and sexual references that the film doesn't shy away from showing. There's also the expression of "Pluck My Life" which is the movie's way of getting away with saying, "Fuck My Life." The film definitely earns it's PG-rating.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: It's about a technologically-advanced society that goes to another land and exploits the locals for their own amusement, so the movie is easy to read as either anti-immigration or at least anti-imperialism.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Downplayed with Terrence: while it's strange that Sean Penn was chosen to play him, seeing as he's The Quiet One, he's been noted as having anger issues of his own, so the jokes work on another level.


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