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Angry Birds 2 Celebrates Cultural Diversity, Feminism and Saving Our planet

Last week me and DJ enjoyed a private screening at Sony to see an advanced screening of the Angry Birds 2 movie. On the surface, it is a wildly entertaining movie guaranteed to deliver belly laughs for the whole family. Although for the adults paying attention, the Angry Birds 2 premise teaches our children about climate change and setting aside our differences while embracing equality. Disclaimer: Although I was hosted by Sony to preview this movie, words and opinions are my own.

Cultural Diversity

(Top) Courtney voiced by Awkwafina
(Bottom) Garry voiced by Sterling K. Brown

If you blink you might miss the nod to Crazy Rich Asians written on a book and ‘Bomb’ holding a pimp cane as he walks out the submarine with Lil Jons ‘Turn Down For What’ playing in the background. Which brings me to the soundtrack filled with hip hop, rock and pop hits you would be sure to recognize spaning the 80’s until present day.

The voice-over cast boast of entertainers of color we know and love. Top-billed cast includes Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Leslie Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery and Eugenio Derbez.

(Top) Zeta voiced by Leslie Jones
(Bottom) Debbie voiced by Tiffany Haddish
(Top) Alex voiced by Lil Rel Howery
(Bottom) Glenn voiced by Eugenio Derbez

While Maya Rudolph is always a recognizable voice, Nicki Minaj was quite impressive in a British accent as the voice of Pinky.

(Top) Pinky voiced by Nicki Minaj
(Bottom) Matilda voiced by Maya Rudolph

Nicki Minaj British accent is epic!

Feminism

Silver played by Rachel Bloom is a female engineer who is underestimated and devalued until it is realized she is the only one with the knowledge and tools to save the day. There is a tear-jerking moment when a girl hatching is inspired by Silver to become an engineer too. Angry Birds 2 is promoting the #SheCanStem initiative to encourage young girls around the world to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Climate Change

The last take away I will leave you with; tips on how we can combat climate change, brought to you by the Angry Birds 2 cast and United Nations.

It was so refreshing to take a 96-minute break from the polarizing news headlines and see the change we want to see in the world in a relatable way. I implore you to grab your whole family and head to the theaters on August 14th to check out Angry Birds 2.

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