Two ‘Angry Birds’

(Above: ‘Angry Birds: BirLd Cup.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)

The Savvy Screener has decided to kill two “angry birds” with one stone.

That’s because the popular video game is now associated with two projects — well, kind of.

Angry Birds: BirLd Cup

This children’s series, which offers a mix of live action and animation, features the videogame characters interacting with some of the world’s best soccer players.

As the World Cup unfolds in Russia, the Angry Birds host their own competition. The contest, which consists of a succession of challenges, includes kids and such soccer luminaries as Everton Football Club’s Wayne Rooney, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Turkish footballer Cenk Tosun also makes an appearance.

Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment produced the series. New three-minute episodes will drop on Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 13, exclusively on YouTube and  YouTube Kids.

Here’s episode one:

For mobile viewing, use the YouTube Kids app from iTunes or Google Play.

Singing with Angry Bird

The “Angry Bird” in question here is Korean opera singer Jae-Chang Kim who teaches children in the slums of Pune, India to sing.

Hyewon Jee directed, and Sunah Kim produced Singing with Angry Bird, which profiles Kim’s work with the Banana Children’s Choir and his efforts to show the children’s parents that music can foster “self-confidence and open minds.” To drive home his point, Kim trains the parents to sing in the choir alongside their kids. The film covers 15 months, from the parents’ first rehearsal to the final concert.

“When I learned about [Jae-Chang Kim’s] new initiative with the parents, I naturally wanted to document the journey,” Jee said. “I was touched by many events and had a chance to reflect on my own relationship with my mother. I also witnessed the changes in the parents and their relationships with their children. Singing and dancing brought lots of joy and laughter and planted a seed of hope in these hardworking people.”

Singing with Angry Bird, which airs over the air for free on PBS Monday, June 25 at 10 pm ET (but check local listings), is an installment of the  documentary series POV. The one-hour film will also be available at that time to stream for free. Visit POV.

Now, you may be wondering, how does this relate to “Angry Birds?”  The children nicknamed Kim “Angry Bird” for his temperamental personality, as revealed below:

 

 

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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