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Hey Alex, how's the commute treating you?
 
Ella talking to Alex while both are in mid-air in transit, The Angry Birds Movie 2

The slingshot transit system is a new method of transportation invented in Bird Village that allows Birds to instantly travel to other parts of Bird Island using slingshots without having to walk all the way.

Operation

Sorry guys, taking over the blue line. Official business.
 
Red disabling a transit slingshot for the Battle of Overseas Pranks, The Angry Birds Movie 2
Anyone who wishes to quickly travel to a certain area of Bird Island via the slingshot transit system would enter any nearby designated transit slingshot, pull themselves back on its elastic band and aim in a particular direction towards the desired destination, before releasing its tension to catapult themselves there. Each slingshot route contains midway stops that can be accessed by grabbing a perch nearby the desired one, swinging around it to halt all forward motion and allow for an easy dropdown from it. If the desired destination is at the end of a slingshot route, which may take a few hours to reach after launch, there will be a target pad held by shock-absorbing springs to help riders land there safely.

If the threat of Pigs are reported nearby, any transit slingshots close to the adversary may be temporarily put out of service and repurposed as combat turrets, such as the one used to quickly exit Bird Island Beach during the Battle of Overseas Pranks.

Safety concerns

While not addressed in The Angry Birds Movie 2, the film where the transit system is introduced, there are some serious safety issues with the transit system that would make it almost impossible to implement in real life.

  • While the destination target pads may protect against the impact of landing from a proper slingshot launch, their stationary position will not protect against improperly aimed slingshot launches. It is not known how Birds can properly aim transit slingshots towards intended destinations, although it has been implied that multiple unique slingshot routes may have possibly been established and mapped out in a transit network for all Birds to know and memorize.
  • It may not seem safe for Birds with thin, long, scaly legs to land feetfirst onto the destination pads, as they appear to be too thin and fragile to withstand the impact of landing that way, especially when the destination pads are not cushioned.
  • The transit system also appears to have no traffic regulatory system, opening the door for possible mid-air collisions that may result in serious injury or death.
  • Perch stations also appear fragile and can be destroyed if Birds crash into them, and there is a chance that they may not withstand the torque generated by the sudden grip of a Bird's wings as he/she attempts to stop.

History

The slingshot transit system was invented at some time during the Great Egg War as the village expanded and modernized, and by the time that war came to an end, the system saw widespread use. A network of multiple, unique slingshot routes were created to service various destinations in the village and the island.

Behind the scenes

Even with the stuff on Bird Island that was reused from the first film, which was quite a bit, we wanted it to feel like time had passed and there was an update to their world. For example, on Bird Island, now they’re using slingshots as their main method of transportation. That wasn't part of the first film. They had a slingshot, but now it's part of their everyday use, almost like a subway station. They stand in line and then take the Blue Line, the Yellow Line, the Green Line or whatever. We updated what we had on the first film to bring the audience a new experience.
 
— Pete Oswald, production designer of The Angry Birds Movie 2
In an article for Animation World Network, production designer Pete Oswald revealed that the slingshot transit system was put in place to give audiences a good sense of how much the village and Birdlife had changed since the amount of time that had passed from the events of the first film. He specifically wanted to treat the transit system as if it were truly the Bird equivalent of subway systems and/or transit bus routes that humans use daily in cities today.[1]

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