Negative Emotions: How The Angry Birds Movie Addressed a Problem Better Than RWBY Did
I was illegally watching the Angry Birds Movie last year and I was shocked by its first 20 or so minutes. The cursed film actually managed a strong bit of world building that showed just what made the Angry Birds themselves so special in their setting.
See, they live on an isolated island where negative emotions are pretty much taboo. There’s not much of an indication as to the why of this but you get the implication that everyone just prefers it that way. Red Bird Guy is singled out as being a problem to the community when a baby birb egg is nearly smashed as a result of his actions on nothing more than a bad day. He is eventually brought to Bird Court and sentenced to anger management classes.
This is located in a small hut far outside the village, taught by a very cheery bird. This is where we meet the main characters who all have their own version of, what else, anger. They are taught constructive ways to channel their emotions so that they can be assimilated safely back into the community. What’s funny is, they aren’t entirely shunned by the other birds during this time. They’re still part of society but people are just weary of them.
It’s hardly a totalitarian regime, nor is there a Big Bird Brother in place. It’s just government-ordained therapy sessions for birds who get out of line. It’s really quite reasonable. Now the culmination of the Angry Birds Movie’s third act is that sometimes you have to get angry in order to accomplish things, and they do so in order to steal their eggs back from the evil Jontron Pigs. But that’s besides the point.
What I’m saying is that, in 20 minutes, the Angry Birds Movie built a world from scratch that showed that anger and negative emotions are looked down upon and are dealt with by society to make that society better.
You’d think something similar would happen in a world where, you know, life-threatening giant monsters are literally at your doorstep and attack every person they can find. Especially considering those monsters are allegedly powered and baited by negative emotions.
Even though these assholes for some reason decide to wait and sit on their asses for decades before looking for tasty angry people.
But yeah, you’d think that a society that has evolved alongside the Grimm would have found a way to curb negative emotions, right? I mean Blake gets angsty on a boat and nearly dooms everyone, and in volume 3, apparently things are always so on-edge that it took Penny’s robo-reveal for some beowolves to plow down guards at the edge of Vale.
Shouldn’t Vale, Atlas, etc, have programs that teach you how to be happy? Maybe like, way more than a single annual festival to keep spirits high and celebrate all that good shit? It’s it weird, on a fundamental level, that they value violence and host giant tournaments where students regularly get maimed or die when the Grimm are flying like a mile away from their floating stadium?
Iunno dude. Just seems like someone at some point would address how staying calm and avoiding public outbursts of negativity would be the best possible course of action. Like this civilization had a WAR. Multiple wars I think! Did the Grimm not factor into those at all? Did they really just stand to the side and let people fight? How about those settlements outside the kingdoms that tend to last just a little while? Does no one go “hey, maybe this is a bad idea since negativity appears to be inevitable amongst large groups of people” or “maybe we just need to build a town that parties all the damn time!”
No they just like aimlessly wander into the wilderness with a few pitchforks and hope they don’t die lol.