"Angry Birds," the popular smartphone app game, already has become one of the top paid apps of all time. This weekend, the franchise debuts its new animated series featuring the mad feathered creatures. Here's a look at some things you didn't know about "Angry Birds."
|'Angry Birds' Across Multiple Platforms|
The app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on iPhone, Android and other digital devices, including tablets. Now, Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-based company that launched "Angry Birds" is working to make the cartoon version of its beloved characters' adventures available across screens, including phones, tablets, computers and TVs. It has already struck a deal with Samsung to include its app on its Smart TVs.
"We want to combine the feel of cartoon classics with modern twists on an unprecedented scale. Our team has been working tremendously hard to once again delight our fans with a new way to experience these loveable characters", said Nick Dorra, head of animation at Rovio, in a news release.
The cartoon series will debut on TV March 16 and on all apps and video-on-demand platforms on March 17.
|Angry Birds ...'Star Wars' Edition?|
There are other editions of the popular game, including "Angry Birds Seasons" and now a 'Star Wars' edition. Entertainment giants Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. have joined forces for the two-in-one video game. The widely anticipated game, which combined the classic Angry Birds with the stories, settings and characters of the 'Star Wars' saga, was released worldwide on Nov. 8, 2012.
"This is the best Angry Birds game we've ever done. It's the best parts of 'Angry Birds' with all-new, cutting-edge gameplay set in a galaxy far, far away," Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka said in a statement.
|Angry Birds Goes to Space|
This isn't just another iteration of the game. This one has the full support of NASA. Yes, that NASA. A demo video, released by Rovio, features astronaut Don Petitt on the International Space Station, where he shows how a stuffed toy Angry Bird and a balloon fly in a straight trajectory because of the lack of gravity in space. Of course, the masses won't be playing the game aboard the space station, but the entire game was redesigned with that weightless element.
|Angry Birds Has an Official Store|
The world's first official Angry Birds store opened in Helsinki, Finland, in Nov. 2011 -- complete with an oversized slingshot and shelves of plush pigs, perched much as they are in the "Angry Birds" game. Why Finland? Rovio, the bestselling game's developer, is based 15 minutes outside of Helsinki, so the new store was a natural Finnish fit. The shop's doors opened for the first time at 11:11 a.m., European time, and had people camping outside of the store for days to be the first in line to purchase merchandise.
|Angry Birds Theme Park in China|
"Angry Birds" is maddeningly addictive. People play the game for hours on end, hate themselves for doing it -- and keep playing. It is one of the most popular mobile apps in the history of mobile apps, and it has made millionaires of its makers at the Finnish company Rovio.
Now there's a spin-off -- a game at the Window of the World theme park in Changsha, China, though it was apparently started without Rovio's approval. Stories have been popping up all over the Web, showing people using slingshots to shoot plush-toy birds at their targets.
|Angry Birds Set to Hit the Big Screen|
The birds of the popular "Angry Birds" franchise are soaring to new heights, setting their sights on Hollywood. Producer John Cohen will produce the "Angry Birds" movie in 3-D. Cohen worked as a producer for "Despicable Me" in 2010. Next, he will collaborate with executive producer David Maisel of "Iron Man" on the "Angry Birds" full-length feature animation, complete with 3-D, for a summer 2016 release.