Angry Birds developer Rovio Entertainment announced Wednesday that their ToonsTV channel recently surpassed 1 billion views with the Angry Birds Toons series. Based on the hit video game, the cartoon made its debut on March 16, 2013.

The series is available worldwide with most Angry Birds apps, as well as video-on-demand, and smart TVs. It also airs on 20 regular television networks throughout the world; including Teletoon in Canada and Nicktoons Network in the US. Consisting of 52 mini episodes, each one about three minutes long, Toons explains the rivalry between the birds and the pigs and follows their comedic adventures in episodes released every Sunday.

Similar to cartoons of the mid-twentieth century, only facial expressions, sound effects and simple vocalizations are used in the cartoon. The vocalizations are performed by Finish voice-over artists Antti Pääkkönen, Pasi Ruohonen, Aku Laitinen, Antti L. J. Pääkkönen, Rauno Ahonen, Antti Jaakola, Lynne Guaglione, and Heljä Heikkinen. Keeping the dialogue to a minimum allows the cartoons to be understood by cultures worldwide without having to alter or translate the episodes.

In 2014 ToonsTV will also show a new Stan Lee series “Chakra the Invincible!” In a statement released Wednesday Stan Lee said, “I can’t wait to introduce the world to Chakra the Invincible, and I’m thrilled to do it on such a massive scale on ToonsTV, and with a partner like Rovio that really understands the fan community.” Two new Angry Bird spin-off series’ “Bad Piggies” and “Stella” are also slated for 2014.

Rovio will make his first feature length film in a full-length 3D computer-animated Angry Birds film. The film is being developed, produced and financed by Rovio and will be distributed by Sony Pictures.  John Cohen, producer of the massively successful Despicable Me franchise, and David Maisel, executive producer of Iron Man, are reportedly on board to produce the movie with Rovio.

Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment said Wednesday, “We are extremely excited about the positive reception from our fans with the original Angry Birds Toons series. Given the size of our reach and our massively engaged audience, it seemed only natural to extend beyond our own storytelling and partner with the best content creators to bring our fans even more fun entertainment.”

The Angry Birds film will be catapulted into theatres July 1, 2016.

Source: The HollyWood Reporter

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