Composer Heitor Pereira Soars With 'Angry Birds' Score: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip

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Heitor Pereira

It normally takes a lot to knock out Captain America, but this weekend all it may take is some Angry Birds. After three weeks as the highest-grossing movie, Captain America: Civil Wars may be forced out of the catbird seat by Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie. Boxoffice Mojo predicts that the animated film, based on the wildly popular mobile game, will rake in $58 million. 

The score for the film, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, is as whimsical as the crazy characters, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride. Created by Heitor Pereira, who has also scored Minions, Despicable Me, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, among others, the music delightfully complements the ruffled-feathered flightless gang as they confront pigs who appear on their turf.

For Pereira, composing music for birds provided an opportunity to revisit his youth.  “Since a kid I was always fascinated by birds. My grandfather would take me to places in the woods, say close your eyes and tell me who’s singing,” he says. 

Who knew that knowledge would ever come in hand decades later? Not Pereira, but when it did he was ready. In the exclusive clip below, Pereira talks about creating the score for the movie, and shows off a very big box containing dozens of bird calls that he incorporated into his score for Angry Birds. “Some of them are distorted, some of them are backwards.”

“The score is a true tapestry of melodies,” he continued in a statement. “I used a large orchestra and choir, recorded bird wings flapping, features ruffling, woodpecker beaks pecking on a tree, and bird songs. The sounds were cut up and filtered in order to create original drum sets for each bird.” Pereira isn’t only committed to cartoon creatures: he recently scored two nature documentaries: Discovery Channel’s Sonic Sea, which premiered last night, and The Last Animals, which comes out later this year. 

Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Angry Birds below  

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