There have been a few movies based on video games in the history of cinema. The Mario Brothers starred in their own live action movie in the early 90s. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter followed suit soon thereafter. They were cheesy, sometimes pretty awful, and a sign of how popular arcades and video games were becoming all over the world. Since then, there was a brief pause as video games began to evolve. Video games began to demand storylines and plot, making for some pretty serious adventure movies for our generations. The Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie, Resident Evil movies, and Silent Hill movie brought video game plots back to cinema and changed the way audiences saw video games as a medium.
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The grittier popular video games and their movies become, however, the less likely it is that we’ll have a fun video game movie in our future. The great thing about simpler arcade games is that characters have a few key characteristics and not much else, so a creative mind has a lot of room to interpret those characters any way they want. Take Angry Birds, for example, the puzzle video game that’s on nearly every smartphone in the world. Its simple plot involves a feud between some birds and pigs. The pigs have stolen some eggs, and the aim of the game is to get those eggs back by launching any of the round birds at the puzzle fortresses housing them. It’s simple and clean, if a little weird. Now imagine that plot as an action movie, where the two sides go at one another, guns blazing.
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It sounds impossible, but members of The Quarter Bin created just that. The site which started out as a comic book blog and evolved into a home for all things geek culture put together this awesome trailer for an Angry Birds movie. The trailer, put together by Nick Murphy, Luke Brown, Jake Mattera, Keith Santiago, and Shawn Caple turns Angry Birds into a thrilling tale about espionage, thievery, and murder. The trailer is clever, over the top, and surprisingly loyal to its source material. Hit the video below to check it out and read more about it at The Quarter Bin!
Mallory "Friday" Soto is the Editor of Cool Sh!t, Joonbug's source for internet culture, tech, charity, and the arts. A former Lit zine editor and comic book fan, she comes from a background of short stories and tales of masked vigilantes. She's a native New Yorker and avid video game fan.