Short Film “Hair Love” to Hit North American Theaters Exclusively with “The Angry Birds Movie 2”
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
"Hair Love" is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across – doing his daughter's hair. The short, a passion project from Matthew A. Cherry, will be making its theatrical debut in North America on August 14, 2019, playing in front of "The Angry Birds Movie 2," from Sony Pictures Animation and Rovio Animation.
Directed by Cherry (executive producer, "BlacKkKlansman"), Everett Downing Jr. (animator, "Up," "WALL·E"), and Bruce W. Smith (creator, "The Proud Family," animator, "The Princess and the Frog"), "Hair Love" is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history.
"To see this project go from a Kickstarter campaign to the big screen is truly a dream come true," said Cherry. "I couldn't be more excited for 'Hair Love' to be playing with 'The Angry Birds Movie 2' in front of a broad audience and for the world to see our touching story about a black father trying to figure out how to do his daughter's hair for the very first time."
"Hair Love" features the voice of Issa Rae ("Insecure") as the young girl's mother. The short is produced by Karen Rupert Toliver, Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young, Matthew A. Cherry, and Lion Forge Animation's David Steward II and Carl Reed. Peter Ramsey ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse") and Frank Abney (animator, "Toy Story 4") serve as executive producers.
"This is such a special story that means so much to us," added Ramsey, "Matthew has rallied an insanely talented group of people to get this short made, and to be able to share it with the world is a gift. We hope that audiences can feel this team's dedication up on the big screen; we are incredibly proud of it."
The short's co-executive producers include Jordan Peele, Andrew Hawkins, Harrison Barnes, Yara, and Keri Shahidi. The short's associate producers include N'Dambi Gillespie, Gabrielle Union-Wade & Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Fredric, and Claude Kelly.
The physical production of "Hair Love" has taken place at the Los Angeles-based animation studio, Six Point Harness ("Guava Island").
Kokila Books/Penguin released the picture book "Hair Love" Random House released on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.
ABOUT THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2
The flightless Angry Birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely super-team to save their homes.
Thurop Van Orman directs the film with a screenplay by Peter Ackerman and Eyel Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart. It is produced by John Cohen, and stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Zach Woods, Pete Davidson, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Beck Bennett, Nicki Minaj, Brooklynn Prince, Maya Rudolph, Tony Hale, JoJo Siwa, Gaten Matarazzo, Colleen Ballinger, and David Dobrik.
You can catch both "Hair Love" and "Angry Birds Movie 2" in theaters everywhere August 14, 2019.