Trailer for a Prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” – The New Yorker

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Open on a chook’s-eye view of Central Park.

VOICE-OVER: They’ve been working issues for too lengthy.

Zoom in on particular person feeding pigeons from a park bench.

V.O.: Caging us, clipping our wings—I’ve had sufficient.

A rotund, smug pigeon, between pecks of seed, talks to somebody offscreen.

SMUG PIGEON (laughing): What are you suggesting, Bartholomew? That we go to battle with people?

Bartholomew, a scary pigeon with a scar, steps out of the shadows.

BARTHOLOMEW: That’s precisely what I’m suggesting.

The Common emblem, made to look barely ominous, feathers falling from above. A slowed-down, echoey model of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” performs within the background.

“Blackbird singing at midnight . . .”

The aged man feeding the birds lets out a twisted snort.

“Take these damaged wings and study to fly . . .”

BARTHOLOMEW, V.O.: Not lets beg for birdseed.

A toddler laughs at a parrot in a cage at a pet retailer.

“All of your life . . .”

BARTHOLOMEW, V.O.: Not will they taunt us.

A person in a restaurant slices right into a hen breast.

“You had been solely ready . . .”

BARTHOLOMEW, V.O.: Not will they eat us!

The laughing baby holds a cracker as much as the caged, agitated parrot.

“For this second . . . ”

BARTHOLOMEW, V.O.: I ask you, does Polly need a cracker?

Bartholomew addresses the opposite pigeons.

BARTHOLOMEW: Or does Polly take a cracker.

“ . . . to come up.”

Parrot angrily snatches the cracker from the woman.

TEXT CARD: “THIS SUMMER.”

Intense drumming begins to play, builds.

Baddada badda badda.

Park-bench man seems to be nervous as pigeons slowly encompass him.

Baddada badda badda.

The person consuming hen at a restaurant glances out the window and notices a number of chickens watching him.

Badda! Badda! Badda!

Closeup on the smug pigeon from earlier than—however now he’s scared.

SMUG PIGEON: It’s a must to cease this earlier than it will get uncontrolled!

Badda!! Badda!! Badda!!

BARTHOLOMEW: Oh, there’s no stopping it now . . . 

BADDA! BADDA! BADDA! BADDA!

TEXT CARD: “PEACE.”

BAM!

Parrot from earlier than, angrily squawks and flaps its wings in its cage.

BAM!

TEXT CARD: “IS FOR.”

BAM!

The parrot is out of its cage, flying angrily across the store, scaring the people inside and riling up the opposite caged birds.

BAM!

TEXT CARD: “THE BIRDS.”

BAAAM!

Bartholomew, smiling, locks eyes with the scared pigeon. “Blackbird” begins up once more.

“Blackbird fly . . .”

BARTHOLOMEW: There’s a storm brewing at sea.

The parrot and different birds fly out of the pet store. Drumming resumes.

BAM!

The pigeons assault an individual on a park bench.

BAM!

Bartholomew, standing on the long-lasting playground jungle gymnasium from “The Birds,” addresses a mass of crows, who stand gazing up at him.

BARTHOLOMEW: Fellow-birds! We’ve achieved a lot!

BAM! BAM! BAM!

Birds fly away from an explosion.

BAAAAAM!

Closeup of Bartholomew on the jungle gymnasium.

BARTHOLOMEW: However we’re simply getting began.

Feathers type the title card: “BIRDS: THE BEGINNING.”

“ . . . into the sunshine of a darkish black evening.”

A woman tentatively locations her hand close to a lovebird, as her mom seems to be on.

MOTHER: Don’t be scared, pricey . . . 

Closeup on the lovebird, who squints, staring on the baby’s hand.

MOTHER (out of body): . . . it’s solely a chook.

Minimize to black.

Echoey squawk.

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