Hatchlings smash records for Angry Birds franchise with viral holiday greeting

15.12.2015

With a collective “aaawwwwww” heard around the world and more than 20 million views across all online channels – including ToonsTV, Facebook and YouTube – The Angry Birds Movie’s Hatchlings holiday greeting has become a viral sensation and the single most shared Angry Birds-related content in the franchise’s history.

First released on November 30, the Hatchlings’ adorable attempt at “Deck the Halls” quickly spread like wildfire online, and will now be released theatrically as well, running alongside trailers in movie theaters for the rest of the holiday season across the United States and internationally.

The fuzzy little birds are voiced by a group of children wishing audiences happy holidays. “The young children were brought in and we asked them to sing ‘Deck the Halls.’ The good news for us is that none of them knew the words,” said John Cohen, producer of The Angry Birds Movie.

Watch the Hatchlings' holiday greeting here: http://youtu.be/oenxgUiNOYA

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About The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie will be released in theaters by Columbia Pictures globally in May 2016.

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 MillersHorrible 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 EndEastbound 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 Bill Hader (TrainwreckInside Out), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, next year's Ghostbusters), Tony Hale (VeepArrested Development), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy ProjectNeighbors), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, Why? With Hannibal Buress), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder.  The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

About Rovio

Rovio Entertainment Ltd. is a global entertainment media company. Headquartered in Finland and with studios across the world, Rovio is the creator of Angry Birds™, the casual mobile game that changed an industry and became an international phenomenon. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a renowned entertainment brand that has branched out into animation, books, licensing and more. The Angry Birds Movie is slated for release in 2016. www.rovio.com

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