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[February 15, 2014]
'Angry Birds' movie to be produced by Vancouver animation company
(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) VANCOUVER - The worldwide phenomenon ``Angry Birds'' will be bringing its furious fowl and evil green pigs to Vancouver as it makes its way to the big screen.
Finnish video-game developer Rovio Entertainment says in a news release that it has picked Vancouver-based Sony Pictures Imageworks to be the primary animation house for the upcoming ``Angry Birds'' movie.
Rovio CEO Mikael Hed says he searched the world for the best animation facility, and he felt Sony Pictures Imageworks fit the bill.
The game has become a worldwide hit with multiple versions, in which players use a slingshot to launch colourful but irate birds toward green pigs.
The ``Angry Birds'' movie is slated to be released in July 2016.
The film's move to Vancouver was announced in a B.C. government news release, with the province taking credit for helping to bring the two companies together.
(The Canadian Press) (c) 2014 The Canadian Press
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