As we previously reported, the Angry Birds franchise is expanding beyond the iPhone and onto the big screen as a full-length feature film. Rovio, the creator of the No. 1 app of 2010, has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to release 'Rio' on April 15, and, naturally, a new spin-off app is heading your way, too.
'Angry Birds Rio' will be available worldwide on March, and will feature 45 levels for gamers with smart phones and tablets. While the app will feel like a brand-new Angry Birds game, it will also work to promote the upcoming animated movie.
'Rio' tells the story of Blu, "a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly." He lives in a small town in Minnesota with his best friend and owner, Linda. Blu and his owner Linda think he's the last of his breed, but they find out that there's another Macaw named Jewel, who lives in Rio de Janeiro. They travel to Brazil to find Blu's counterpart, but Blu and Jewel are quickly captured by animal smugglers. To escape, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly.
'The Social Network' star Jesse Eisenberg is the voice of Blu, while Anne Hathaway has been cast as Jewel. Who else is in the film? 'Glee' star Jane Lynch, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and many others.
Check out the trailer for Angry Birds Rio below. What do you think about the movie concept and accompanying app? Do you think it's way cool or much too much?