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Angry Birds Planning a Trip to Rio

The Angry Birds are headed to Rio.

Rovio, maker of the popular mobile game, announced on Friday that it is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a version of the game centered on the upcoming animated movie “Rio,” which hits theaters in mid-April. The game will arrive ahead of the movie, launching sometime in March.

In Angry Birds Rio, the original flock is kidnapped and taken to Rio, where they then escape and seek to help their friends–the two macaws Blu and Jewel, who are the stars of “Rio.”

The game will have 45 levels initially, and then additional levels will be available via updates. The game will be available for various smartphones and tablets, the companies said.

The Angry Birds have one detour or more before they make it to Rio, though. Rovio is planning a Valentine’s Day update to its seasonal Angry Birds game. The Birds have been on a tear of late, with an expanding empire that includes a line of toys, T-shirts and more.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus