Animation Vets Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly Will Direct “Angry Birds” Feature

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish makers of the Angry Birds franchise, have recruited Clay Kaytis (pictured left) and Fergal Reilly to co-direct a 3D CG animated feature based on the popular game. The film will be released on July 1, 2016 by Sony Picures, according to Deadline.

This will be the directorial debut for both artists. Kaytis, who was an animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt, recently left Disney after nineteen years at the studio. He is also known in the community for his Animation Podcast. Reilly has been a story artist since the mid-1990s, with his credits including The Iron Giant, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs, Spider-Man 2, and Hotel Transylvania. He had been slated to co-direct Sony’s The Familiars with Doug Sweetland; the status of that project is unclear.

Jon Vitti (The Simpsons, Alvin and the Chipmunks, King of the Hill) is writing the screenplay. Rovio has announced that they will produce the film in-house, though one may assume that they will set up an LA satellite and not produce the entire film in Finland.


  • Power_Animator

    I can’t wait to see the progression of this…

  • http://skunkandburningtires.com/ Ju-osh

    Congrats. Now can I puh-leeze get a David O’Reilly adaptation of TracFone’s Snake?!

  • http://deaniac.deviantart.com/ Deaniac

    The game was (WAS) a good time waster in high school, but I stopped playing it in college. To be honest, I don’t miss it all that much.

    Will Angry Birds even be relevant three years from now? My guess right now is no.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      That wouldn’t surprise me, the way things come and go like that if you don’t have anything else to expand upon the creation.

  • Revy

    19 years at Disney, animation supervisor on Tangled, and now… Angry Birds? They must be offering him one hell of a paycheck.

  • mike robertson

    Way to go Clay!

    This is great news, I remember when Clay started Animation Podcast and it was a gold mine for me and other animation students. I’ve learned so much from his podcast over the years.

    Thank you Clay and I wish you nothing but success.

  • Brett

    Kinda feels like they’re striking while the iron is luke warm.

  • alt animation podcast

    Anything Clay is in charge of I will see. Hopefully that wont change after this movie…

  • zakaria remane

    since when i was young.i was a huge fan of all kind of games like super mario.zalda.pokemon…and cartoons too.but now i want to be a huge designer of games or cartoon animation