Say what you will about Angry Birds, but when combined with the world’s favorite sport, the results are simply mind-blowing.
Quick: When was the last time you saw a really impressive soccer video inspired by Angry Birds? Never, you say? That’s all about to change.
The video features University of North Carolina Asheville goalkeepers Lassi Hurskainen and Dan Jackson competing to see who can most accurately recreate the kind of physics-defying shots you see in Rovio’s casual gaming hit using only soccer balls, stuffed pigs and their insanely talented kicking skills.
The most impressive bit is that none of these kicks are digitally altered. Unless these soccer players moonlight as CGI artists for WETA, everything you see here actually happened. Thus, that shot at 0:50 where Hurskainen curves the ball in mid-air to nail a pig 30 meters away on top of a scoreboard is both incredibly cool and a bit frightening to those of us who couldn’t nail that pork analogue with a sniper rifle and a full clip of tracer rounds.
In short, hats off to the boys from UNC Asheville. They’ve managed to make both Angry Birds and soccer exciting to a jaded Yankee like myself. All without a single explosion or a come-hither glance from David Beckham.