ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL by Paul Tobin, Karl Korhonen, Jeff Parker, Anontella Dalena, and Marco Gervasio
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ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL nails the spirit of the games and embodies everything great about their kooky visuals. Kids will love this adaptation.
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In the past few years, I’ve played an unhealthy amount of Angry Birds on my phone. Mindlessly flinging those little birds into a formation of pigs is mesmerizing and addicting. ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL captures the same easy-going, quirky, quick-paced action that I loved about the game. Like a cartoon, ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL consists of four stories within a single “episode.” The creators are a collection of talented creators: writers, Paul Tobin, Karl Korhonen, and Jeff Parker and artists Anontella Dalena and Marco Gervasio. Overall, each of the stories is a short dose of cartoon antics and family-friendly laughs. This comic combines the game’s goofy visuals with a Saturday morning cartoon style to create a comic that kids will love.

The Stories

So the first story, “The Martian,” is a tale of mistaken identity starring the red angry bird. The second, “Peace and Harmony,” features the white angry bird’s attempts at quiet meditation. “Moby Pig” is a humorous retelling of the literary classic Moby Dick. “Art Appreciation” is an ensemble piece featuring the entire gang trying to paint scary signs to ward off their archenemies, the Pigs. Each of these stories is light and built on the strength of each Angry Bird’s personality. The red bird is angrier than the rest, the yellow bird is clueless, and the white bird is a little bit spacey.

Angry Birds: Furious Fowl
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Like the best kids’ cartoons, ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL features wacky misadventures to engage even the most energetic of children. I could easily see an eight-year-old me thoroughly enjoying this gang of modern-day Looney Toons. Yet, while there isn’t a ton of content to engage adults, the book is breezy and absurdist enough to constitute an adequate read for older audiences. The jokes are all kid friendly and the plots are very simplistic. While not completely necessary, it could have used a few Shrek-esque jokes for adults.

BOLD and BRIGHT

Angry Birds: Furious Fowl
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Overall, the three different artists maintain a similarly vivid, intense cartoon-style throughout each story. Despite the character models changing slightly between each story (from their video game designs to their animated film ones), there’s an almost identical style to each work. While the game designs are fairly simplistic (no arms or legs), the movie designs add a much greater layer of emotion. I would have preferred that the art utilized more of these full body movie design; allowing characters to express emotion beyond just their faces.

Admittedly, I would have appreciated a little more artistic variation between the stories. Nevertheless, I did enjoy how the bright colors, detailed backgrounds, and thick character outlines mimicked a classic cartoon look. Each story followed this classic style, so it did become somewhat repetitive. It would have been great for the artists to have more freedom and take some creative liberties with the characters.

Angry Birds: Furious Fowl
Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Final Thoughts on ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL

So, in terms of adapting the original material, ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL captures the quirky spirit of the games without trying too hard to mirror it. Trying to shoehorn in too many aspects of the game would have weighed this comic down. This book makes use of the Angry Birds’ character designs, without putting too much emphasis on the game’s story. This comic expands beyond the games. So it’s easy to see how this property could become another pop-culture monster like the LEGO movies.

Overall, ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL is a fun ride that kids and fans of the video game series will love. It has the look and feel of a classic cartoon. This is a comic adaptation that perfectly captures the feel of the original video game. Honestly, throughout the entire read, it made me want to pick up my phone and play.

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