Rio

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Blu-Ray: Deleted scene; Exlore 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; Carnival Dance-O-Rama; "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; Access to the Rio "Coloring with Blu" app
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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: 8/2/2011
  • UPC: 024543756262
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,866

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Hathaway Voice Only
Jesse Eisenberg Voice Only
will.i.am Voice Only
Jamie Foxx Voice Only
George Lopez Voice Only
Tracy Morgan Voice Only
Jemaine Clement Voice Only
Rodrigo Santoro Voice Only, Voice Only
Leslie Mann Voice Only
Jake T. Austin Voice Only
Jane Lynch Voice Only
Wanda Sykes Voice Only
Davi Vieira Voice Only
Carlos Ponce Voice Only
Jeff Garcia Voice Only, Voice Only
Karen Disher Voice Only
Jason Fricchione Voice Only
Sofia Scarpa Saldanha Voice Only
Kelly Keaton Voice Only, Voice Only
Gracinha Leporace Voice Only
Phil Miler Voice Only, Voice Only
Bernardo De Paula Voice Only, Voice Only
Carlos Saldanha Voice Only
Renato D'Angelo Voice Only
Tom Wilson Voice Only, Voice Only
Cindy Slattery Voice Only
Justine Warwick Voice Only
Bebel Gilberto Voice Only
Judah Friedlander Voice Only
Francisco Ramos Voice Only
Tim Nordquist Voice Only
Miriam Wallen Voice Only
Carlos de Oliveira Gate Guard
Sergio Mendes Voice Only
Ester Dean Voice Only
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
Earl Richey Jones Original Story
Todd R. 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

Disc #1 -- Rio
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Rio
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English Descriptive Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Español Dolby Surround
         Français Dolby Surround
      Subtitles
         English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Español
         Subtitles Off
   Scenes
   Extras
      Deleted Scene - Fruit Stand
      Welcome to Rio Music Video
      Rio de JAM-eiro Jukebox
         Play All
         Real In Rio
         Pretty Bird
         Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)
         Fly Love
         Real In Rio (New Home)
      Taio Cruz - Telling the World Music Video
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    A Lot Of Fun!

    My fiance and I had gotten this one in through Netflix and gave it a watch, because we'd missed it in the theatre. We really like the animated movies and often watch those types together. This is another really fun, light hearted one that I totally recommend checking out. Great for the kids and the kids at heart! :-)

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    Freedom.

    *Great sound track. **Wonderful for family entertainment, at home or on the road. **Good storyline and cast. You may be interested in "Bolt" if you enjoy this DVD and for families with youth ages twelve or thirteen and older, you may enjoy "Gnomeo and Juliet."
    For this year you could also watch "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Cars 2," and "Winnnie-the-Pooh" for families with young children.

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