The Angry Birds Movie 2 is hardly art, but at least it’s better than its predecessor - Tue 13 Aug 12:45 GMT

The movie is the very definition of empty-calorie cinema—bright and shiny and satisfying enough for a few moments until it’s balled up and thrown in the trash.

  Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment The Angry Birds Movie 2 C+ The Angry Birds Movie 2 C+ C+ The Angry Birds Movie 2 Director Thurop Van Orman Cast Jason Sudeikis, Rachel Bloom, Leslie Jones, Josh Gad, Bill Hader Availability Theaters everywhere August 13 Some films are made to last, and some just aren’t.

  Jason Sudeikis—a solid contender for the title of America’s Dad once Tom Hanks abdicates his throne—returns in the starring role as Red, the bird who saved all the other birds at the end of the first movie.

  Red learns about cooperation through a new character, Silver (Rachel Bloom), the kid sister of Red’s bleating goofball sidekick, Chuck (Josh Gad).

  Speaking of, those ice balls are being flung at birds and pigs by a villainous purple parrot named Zeta (Leslie Jones) from her volcanic lair on Eagle Island, forcing Red to work with both friends and enemies alike in order to save their homelands.

  Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment The occasional, surprisingly technical conversation about engineering aside, this isn’t a movie with big ideas on its mind.

  It’s difficult to say whether the actual substance of the film will appeal to kids; at The A.V. Club’s screening, it was the parents who laughed the loudest, seemingly unfazed by having to hear “Baby Shark” again, this time coming from a green cartoon pig.

  Director Thurop Van Orman, an Adventure Time writer and creator of the Nickelodeon series The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack, doesn’t completely eschew the more annoying trends of contemporary kids’ movies.