I was able to take part in an interview with a few of the stars of The Angry Birds Movie, including Jason Sudeikis, last month. At one point, the conversation turned to a discussion of how children might react to the film. While the kids of Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph had not yet seen the film, the son of Jason Sudeikis had. The boy is so young it was actually his first movie, but the kid’s reaction to it will likely be remembered by dad forever.
It was his first movie, so he sat on my lap and kicked his legs up and just sort of watched it and then when Red first shows up, he [looks at his dad and points].
Apparently, Sudeikis the younger actually recognized the voice of Red as that of his father. The kid has a pretty good ear, as I spent most of the movie thinking about how little Red sounded like I was used to hearing Jason Sudeikis sound. At less than two-years-old, it’s difficult to know exactly what the kid’s understanding of this entire situation actually is. Does he believe dad spends time as a flightless bird? Does he know that his parents are movie stars? In the grand scheme of things, he was probably just enamored by the bright colors, but there certainly did seem to be some recognition.
How the rest of the kids will react to The Angry Birds Movie is an open question. The use of a fairly simple mobile game for a feature length motion picture could be something of a stretch. It simultaneously gives the filmmakers a lot of freedom to create something original, while also not giving them very much to build a story around. It could really go either way, though with a solid cast like Danny McBride, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph, there’s the strong potential for a hilarious movie.
Do you actually remember your first movie? Or do you have a child who has a great “first movie” story that they’ll never remember? Let us know in the comments.