The Angry Birds Movie opens across the Middle East on Thursday, having jumped the gun with a photocall and showing in front of the world's press just before the start of the 69th Cannes film festival.
Sony's animated picture adaptation of the addictive video game will be dubbed in Arabic, with one minor change: the bad guys, who are pigs, or “khanazir" in Arabic, still look the same but are now called janazir, which can be loosely interpreted as “squishy".
Raya Abirached, the Lebanese presenter of Scoop with Raya and Arabs Got Talent, will voice one of the characters. The popular television personality is pregnant and was expected to be in Dubai for the premiere of the movie, but was forced to cancel at the last minute on doctors' orders!
Raya with the Angry Birds in Cannes (AFP/Loic Venance)