Rio

Rio

4.4 8
Director: Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Carlos Saldanha, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am

     
 

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A misfit macaw named Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) heads to Rio de Janeiro, embarks on a magnificent journey, and makes some loyal new friends in this animated adventure for the entire family. Domesticated from the time he was just a hatchling, Blu traded a life in the clouds for a contented existence in Moose Lake with his dotingSee more details below

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Overview

A misfit macaw named Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) heads to Rio de Janeiro, embarks on a magnificent journey, and makes some loyal new friends in this animated adventure for the entire family. Domesticated from the time he was just a hatchling, Blu traded a life in the clouds for a contented existence in Moose Lake with his doting owner, Linda (Leslie Mann). They live under the impression that Blu is the last of his kind, but upon receiving word that a female macaw named Jewel (Anne Hathaway) has been discovered in Rio de Janeiro, Linda and Blu set their sights on South America on a mission to replenish the species. Shortly after their arrival in the Brazilian capitol, however, the two rare birds fall victim to a gang of greedy animal smugglers intent on making a mint by selling Blu and Jewel to the highest bidder. But the headstrong Jewel isn't about to be locked in a cage and put on display, so when the opportunity arises she stages a daring escape with the help of some wisecracking local birds, and takes her new friend Blu along for the ride. With the bumbling birdnappers fast closing in, Blu realizes that his only hope for making a clean getaway and reuniting with Linda is to finally summon the courage he needs to take flight. Rio also features the voices of Tracy Morgan, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, and will.i.am.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Perhaps to grown-ups the prospect of telling a "learning to fly" story using the last of a species of rare birds may seem a bit too precious for its own good; thankfully for the little ones, director Carlos Saldanha has found a way to make it work. With memorable characters, a menacing villain, and exotic, colorful locales, Rio has all the ingredients of a thrilling adventure capable of entertaining even the most anxious of young viewers. And though a slight overreliance on show-stopping tunes occasionally threatens to clip Rio's wings, the songs are fun enough -- and the laughs big enough -- to keep this delightful little tale airborne. Domesticated from the day his doting owner, Linda (Leslie Mann), found him in a box on the street, misfit macaw Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) traded a life in the clouds for a contented existence in Moose Lake, MN. However, upon receiving word that a female macaw named Jewel (Anne Hathaway) has been discovered in Rio de Janeiro, Linda and Blu set out for South America on a mission to replenish the species. Shortly after their arrival in the Brazilian capital, though, the two rare birds fall victim to a gang of greedy animal smugglers intent on making a mint by selling Blu and Jewel to the highest bidder. But the headstrong Jewel isn't about to be locked in a cage and put on display, so when the opportunity arises she stages a daring escape with the help of some wisecracking local birds, taking her new friend Blu along for the ride. With the bumbling birdnappers and their ruthless cockatoo, Nigel (voice of Jemaine Clement), closing in fast, Blu realizes that his only hope for making a clean getaway and reuniting with Linda is to finally summon the courage he needs to take flight. Rio aims primarily to entertain, and although it may seem slight in many respects, parents would be hard-pressed to find a young viewer who claims that it doesn't accomplish this goal with energy to spare. There certainly are positive subtexts about developing courage and forming makeshift families should we suddenly find ourselves alone in the world, but at its core, Rio is essentially a sun-soaked chase film. With a filmography that includes director credits on the Ice Age films and Robots, Saldanha definitely has enough animation experience to inject this high-energy romp with a solid sense of style, and together with screenwriting partners Don Rhymer, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, and Sam Harper, he fills Rio with the kind of colorful characters who easily draw the viewer in. Later, when the filmmakers drop those characters into perilous situations, we can't help but cheer for them during dazzling set pieces like a manic chase through the streets of Rio and the climactic pursuit through a kaleidoscopic Carnival parade. As quick as Saldanha is to show us the beautiful side of Brazil, however, he doesn't exactly shy way from the bleakness of the favelas, and by focusing a subplot on the experiences of a good-hearted slum kid named Fernando, the writing partners find a unique means of giving Blu's adventure some human relevance. Voice work is commendable all around, with Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, and Tracy Morgan all getting big laughs as supporting characters, but it's Clement who steals the show as the sadistic Nigel -- a cockatoo that no bird (nor monkey or human, for that matter) would care to encounter in a dark Brazilian alley. Baleful as he may be, though, Rio still maintains enough effervescent ebullience to keep the more uplifting elements of the story the primary focus, resulting in a movie that's sure to soar in the eyes of its young target audience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2014
UPC:
0024543950295
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
32,630

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Hathaway Jewel
Jesse Eisenberg Blu
will.i.am Pedro
Jamie Foxx Nico
George Lopez Raphael
Tracy Morgan Luiz
Jemaine Clement Nigel
Rodrigo Santoro Tulio,Soccer Announcer
Leslie Mann Linda
Jake T. Austin Fernando
Jane Lynch Alice
Wanda Sykes Chloe
Davi Vieira Armando
Carlos Ponce Marcel
Jeff Garcia Tipa,Bat
Karen Disher Mother Bird
Jason Fricchione Truck Driver
Sofia Scarpa Saldanha Young Linda
Kelly Keaton Bookstore Customer,Lady Tourist
Gracinha Leporace Dr. Barbosa
Phil Miler Aviary Intern,Waiter
Bernardo De Paula Sylvio,Kipo
Carlos Saldanha Second Waiter
Renato D'Angelo Police Officer
Tom Wilson Trapped Bird,Screaming Hang Glider
Cindy Slattery Neurotic Bird
Justine Warwick Scaredy Bird
Bebel Gilberto Eva
Judah Friedlander Tourist
Francisco Ramos Lead Marmoset
Tim Nordquist Other Hang Glider
Miriam Wallen Green Bird
Carlos de Oliveira Gate Guard
Sergio Mendes Sama School Director
Ester Dean Boy in Gondola

Technical Credits
Carlos Saldanha Director,Original Story
Bruce Anderson Producer
Thomas Cardone Art Director
Arden Chan Set Decoration/Design
John C. Donkin Producer
David Esneault Production Manager
Renato Falcao Cinematographer
Sam Harper Screenwriter
Harry Hitner Editor
Todd R. Jones Original Story
Earl Richey Jones Original Story
Christian Kaplan Casting
Elvira Pinkhas Special Effects Supervisor
John Powell Score Composer
Don Rhymer Screenwriter
Josh Sternin Screenwriter
Jeff Ventimilia Screenwriter
Chris Wedge Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Deleted scene; Explore the world of Rio; Saving the species: One voice at a time; The making of Hot Wings; Boom-boom Tish-tish: The sounds of Rio; "Welcome to Rio" music video; "Telling the world" music video performed by Taio Cruz; Rio de Jam-eiro jukebox; Postcards from Rio; The real Rio

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