By Adam B. Vary
December 18, 2011 at 08:41 PM EST

The Angry Birds empire has been growing ever larger since it first sling-shot its way into millions of addicts’ players’ two years ago this month. There are the plush toys, the movie tie-ins, the haute couture. And now those sassy Finns at Rovio are trying to elbow their way into seasonal animated specials.

Yesterday, to commemorate the release of it’s “Wreck the Halls” level in Angry Birds Seasons, Rovio released an animated tale with hints of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a dash of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Check it out below: 

It’s a fun, if very short, romp — kinda fun to see that the bomb bird is such a doofus — but I still prefer the introduction to the new “balloon bird” in Rovio’s “Ham’o’ween” short from October. That little dude puts the egg bomb bird and the boomerang bird to shame.

As for the “Wreck the Halls” game itself, well, you can see my thoughts on the matter here.

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