A Feathered Frenzy

Today I realized BIRDS ARE BACK, and they have been for a while. Fair enough, the hashtag made a serious comeback too, but birds are everywhere. Thanks to Twitter, Angry Birds, Rio, birds dropping from the sky and a recent article on Slate, I’m convinced birds are taking over and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

First, enter the famous Twitter bird.


Image from Twitter.com

This little chick is everywhere. Does he/she have a name? Who designed it? I’m not the first person to wonder, the Washington Post wrote a blurb about “The Twitter Bird” in 2009.

Turns out Simon Oxley designed the bird (pictured below), and was paid less than SEVEN DOLLARS.

Simon Oxley, photo credit:Noriko Oxley

Next, Angry Birds

Angry Birds, image from Rovio

This wildly popular app game is from Rovio, the UK based game design company. A description from Rovio:

“Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 120 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.”

Yes, I noticed. I played the entire game and I’m not the only one – the app has enjoyed millions of downloads.  It’s addicting. There’s a store to buy stuffed animals, people are hosting Angry Birds parties and the list goes on….tattoo anyone?

Like any good starlet looking to take her career to the big league, Angry Birds is hitting Hollywood.

Rio, image from rio-themovie.com

Rio, the upcoming animated film from 20th Century Fox, partnered with Angry Birds to enjoy some birdy success. In fact, the partnership was so exciting, a secret clue was hidden in the Rio Super Bowl commercial. Also, in anticipation of the film Angry Birds is launching a NEW GAME, “Angry Birds Rio” (insert excited yelp here). You can watch the previews for both the film and the new game here.

As if games, movies and Twitter aren’t enough, birds are falling from the sky. Some wild theories have tried explain the mystery, but the description from National Geographic blaming simple hype seems reasonable. But really, birds are coming from everywhere.

Finally, this Slate article just slapped me in the face “Do Birds Go Through Menopause?” Who knows, but I hope this feathered fad takes a flight south, or north.

Am I the only one seeing birds everywhere? I’m not a bird lover, or a bird hater, but I’m beginning to wonder how much longer can this last? They’re everywhere!

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2 Responses to A Feathered Frenzy

  1. Cecile says:

    Have you heard of the new show on IFC called Portlandia? This clip is called “Put A Bird On It”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo

    I haven’t seen the show but I really like this line from one of the previews: “Portland is where young people go to retire.” Haha!

  2. I declare myself guilty of charge. I’m a bird fan and just can’t have enough. Twiter bird: joined last year, 629 tweets so far, following over 130 people and this number increases everyday, Twitter for iPhone and TweetDeck apps on my mobile, and countless hours a day on it. Angry Birds: both the original and seasons apps, all levels completed with a three stars score –just finished Easter Eggs-, waiting for the Rio version of the game to download it, and countless hours a day playing in bed, the subway and sometimes the restroom. Rio the movie: can’t wait to take a break this weekend from school assignments to go and see it on 3D. So for me, these birds everywhere got here to stay.

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