This coming weekend is when you'll finally get to watch the misadventures of the Angry Birds crew when their cartoon series debuts, and as we hypothesized when we brought you this news late last month, today Rovio has confirmed that you will indeed be able to watch the new Angry Birds Toons right from within the Angry Birds apps themselves. Recent updates to the various Angry Birds games have added a currently hidden "Channel" button to the main menu, and during March 16th and 17th this button will automatically be unhidden and will grant you access to Angry Birds Toons. The cartoon series will debut new episodes weekly, and they've already got a full year of them, or 52 episodes, in the pipeline.

It's actually a very interesting situation. Rovio touts their number of Angry Birds downloads at 1.7 billion, which I'm sure includes everything from lite versions to web versions and whatever other portals where the game is available. (I'm pretty sure Samsung makes a refrigerator that you can play Angry Birds on.) Anyway, while I'm sure that 1.7 billion number is inflated to sound as impressive as possible, there's no doubt millions upon millions of daily Angry Birds users in one form or another. Being able to flip a switch and deliver content to that amount of people at once, worldwide, without the use of traditional broadcasting methods, is a very powerful thing. I'm really curious to see how the new cartoons will be received. Here's a new, and very brief, teaser for Angry Birds Toons.

The series won't be limited to just the apps, though. Rovio has partnered with select content distributors to ensure that the cartoons will be as widely accessible as they can be. In the US they've partnered with Comcast to make the show available on Xfinity on Demand and through the Xfinity TV Player app, and globally on Samsung Smart TVs and eventually Roku boxes and other media platforms. Basically, what I'm trying to get at, is that if you want to watch the Angry Birds Toons there will be no shortage of ways to do so. Rovio considers the launch of their cartoon "an important milestone for us on our journey towards becoming a fully fledged entertainment powerhouse", according to CEO Mikael Hed.

So what say you, Internet? Are you excited for checking out Angry Birds Toons? Or did you reach critical levels of Angry Birds overload a long time ago? Either way, chances are there will be plenty of buzz surrounding Angry Birds Toons when it launches this weekend, and we'll be kicking back to watch both the show itself as well as how it plays out

  • somethingelsefl

    So then this is going to be just like how Disney handled the "Where's My Water" franchise. No wonder Angry Birds was free last week...they are using it as a delivery method for their "toons" to sell toys. It all makes sense now.

  • SmackDatButt

    Still sounds dumb.

  • http://twitter.com/MobotStudios James

    Kids love angry birds toys and cartoons. I don't see the problem.

    I wonder if the internets would have been all mad in 1982 when star wars came out with action figures.

    • Karzay

      I remember people complained that there was so much Star Wars merchandise that they couldn't possible afford to buy as much as was available. Angry Birds fans have it made compared to Star Wars fans.

  • Rustrobot

    While I don't have an especially large interest in watching Angry Birds cartoons, I'm curious enough to give it a shot (like most people I'd imagine). If they're good then I'll continue to watch. Either way you're kidding yourself of you don't think this will be a success.

  • http://twitter.com/RubiconDevelop Rubicon Development

    Pull those teats guys.

  • HelperMonkey

    I hope Rovio will use this format to address the games' inherent issues of vengeance, blood feuds, suicide attacks, and asymmetrical warfare in the context of a broader geopolitical reality.
    'Cause that would be a hell of a cartoon.
    And yes, I'm joking.

    • MrAlbum

      It could work, as long as you kid-ify everything. See: Avatar.

      • MrAlbum

        And that's a positive observation of the Avatar show.

    • Illuminerdy

      Man, you killed the joke by saying it was a joke. Well-played otherwise.

  • decabao

    "So what say you, Internet? Are you excited for checking out Angry Birds Toons?" - No. No.

  • Karzay

    I'm not a big fan of the game, but I look forward to the cartoon.

  • Greyskull

    I hope the 'toons are Only downloaded if you choose to do so. I'm not in the mood to sacrifice more device space for some stupid marketing-tie-in cartoons.

    • DannyTheElite

      I think you stream them through the Internet. No download

  • BrettArchibald

    So, like Cut The Rope has already been doing for quite some time, then...

  • shamilferoz

    What a wasted effort to try revive this dying game. This is definitely not going to be worth my time!

    • shamilferoz

      Also while we are at this. Why don't we make a theme-park ride? Or maybe even a live-action movie with real pigs painted green!? Or CGI the entire characters? Maybe how angry birds is defending earth from total annihilation from green pigs from space?! Hmm well that's a thought, right Rovio?

    • MidianGTX

      Why bother writing comments like this when the franchise clearly isn't dead? YOU don't like it, millions do.