To help promote Angry Birds 2, Wieden+Kennedy recruited director
Francois Rousselet and The Mill’s expert VFX team to create a big, fun, over-the-top
live action film.
on Piggy Island, the film transports viewers to a luxurious and delightfully
surreal paradise; where happy pigs frolic in the sunshine and swim in crystal
clear waters. But Piggy Island is soon revealed to be the setting of an attack
by a furious squad of Angry Birds, who have been plotting to take their revenge
on their archenemy, the
sneaky, flightless egg-thieving creatures who share the island with them.
The film imagines a
real-world adaptation of the game’s narrative, weaving fantastic imagery into
the familiar world of Angry Birds.
The film was shot in the lush
real-life surroundings of Pig Island, also known as the “Home of the Swimming
Pigs” or Big Major Cay, in the Bahamas, known for its unique
inhabitants: a group of swimming wild pigs. The Mill’s team, led by Adam Droy,
then aided in bringing the action of this spot to life by creating a host of CG
pigs, palm trees, clouds, oceans and explosions.
Each pig was hand animated and
crafted with meticulous precision, staying true to the anatomy of these
marvellous Bahamas inhabitants. The team paid extraordinary attention to
detail, adding micro details in the skin such as wrinkles, pores and hair
Lead artist Adam Droy says, “We created four variations
of pig from brown and spotty, to a more traditional pink pig.
They were all rigged in Maya to have a realistic range of movement; they
could breathe, sniff and even flap their ears - everything a pig has to be able
to do. We also ensured their ears had the right dynamics to add secondary
movement when running.
It was really important to keep the animation realistic, but at the same
time add in the energy and fun from the game into the movements of the pigs.”