RIO 2 Add To My Top 10
Overcoming Fears for Your Family
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Starring: The Voices of Kristin Chenoweth, Jake T. Austin, Jemaine Clement, Jesse Eisenberg, Miguel Ferrer, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro
Genre: Family/Animated/Musical Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Executive Producer: None
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, and Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
In the sequel, Blue and the only other Macaw, Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway), and their three children live in a bird sanctuary in Rio run by Blu’s owner Linda and her new ornithologist husband, Tulio. Linda and Tulio uncover a forest where they believe more Blue Macaw live. This new discovery gives Jewel the idea to take the whole family to the jungle to rediscover their roots. Blu, who was raised highly domesticated isn’t crazy about leaving the sanctuary, but he agrees to do it when his buddies tell him “happy wife means happy life.”
As the family travels to the Amazon, Nigel, the nefarious bird who tried to kidnap them in the previous movie but was injured in the process, discovers their plan and sets out to take revenge on Blu. Nigel is accompanied by a poisonous frog who’s in love with Nigel and will do anything for him and an Anteater.
When Blu and his family arrive at the heart of the Amazon, they are greeted by a multitude of Macaws. They turn out to be Jewel’s long lost family who she thought was dead. The reunion is sweet for Jewel and the children, but Blu has a hard time adjusting to their way of life. Feeling inadequate to do how they do things, Blu wants to find Linda who’s somewhere else in the jungle. What Blu and the other Macaws don’t know is that an evil illegal logger has captured Linda and Tulio and threatens to destroy the jungle where all the Macaws live. Will Blu save the forest and his family?
RIO 2 is a very entertaining movie that all ages will enjoy with more fun musical numbers, hilarious characters, and a moving story about family. The story has all the right elements to be a road-trip/meet-the-in-laws movie with plenty of clever and clean jokes. Blu and Jewel are an endearing bird couple, and Nigel is a hilarious villain. The animation is beautifully rendered. Families will love soaring through the jungles and cities of Brazil in this well-animated movie.
RIO 2 has some strong moral themes regarding family, sacrifice, courage, humility, and selflessness. Blu starts off a little selfish, not wanting to move to the jungle for his own personal reasons, but he learns he must overcome his fears and put his family’s needs above his own. Along with the moral themes are some powerful shots of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Though the main villain is a man who’s illegally logging, this isn’t so much of an attack on the logging industry which is very beneficial to society, but against those who are doing it illegally in Brazil. By either cutting down trees that belong to others, or obtaining land through corrupt means, illegal loggers cheat, threaten, blackmail, and manipulate. There is an environmental message in that the villain continuously calls Linda and Tulio “tree huggers.” Otherwise, RIO 2 is a fun movie requiring light caution.
RIO 2 is a very entertaining movie that all ages will enjoy. The story has all the right elements to be a road-trip/meet-the-in-laws movie with plenty of clever, clean jokes. The animation is beautifull. There are also many strong, positive moral themes regarding family, sacrifice, courage, humility, and selflessness. RIO 2 has some light environmentalist elements, however, so minor caution is warranted.