Courage Takes Flight
Release Date: April 15, 2011
Starring: The Voices of Leslie Mann,
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne
Hathaway, George Lopez, Tracy
Morgan, Jamie Foxx, Will.I.Am,
Wanda Sykes, Rodrigo Santoro,
Carlos Ponce, Judah
Genre: Animated Comedy
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin
Writer: Carlos Saldanha, Don Rhymer
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, CEO/Co-Chair, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
After a horrible kidnapping experience by smugglers when he was young, Blu was fortunate enough to be found be a good owner, Linda. Since then, Blu has a good life. Linda's small Minnesota apartment is his kingdom. In that tiny, sheltered place, Blu rules the roost.
One day, a Brazilian scientist comes to Linda's door and tells her they would like to take Blu back to Brazil because Blu is the last male bird of his particular species and the scientist needs Blu to mate with a female of his species before that breed of cockatoo is extinct. Linda, much like Blu, is very sheltered and fears the larger world, but decides to go with Blu to Brazil so he can mate with this other bird.
Once they arrive, Blu is put into a cage with Jewel, the last female of their kind. The two birds do not hit it off, especially as Jewel learns Blu is just a domestic pet who cannot even fly. That night, smugglers break into the aviary, chain Blu and Jewel together by the feet and steal them.
While Linda tirelessly searches the streets of Rio for her lost bird, Blu and Jewel manage to break free of the smugglers. Chained together, Blu and Jewel must outwit the smugglers and their villainous cockatoo who are hot on their trail.
RIO is a fun, action-filled animated comedy with some fun characters and enjoyable twists and turns. Sometimes, the story gets convoluted with too many characters and too many themes, but it is still an enjoyable experience. That said, this movie has some cautionary thematic elements, especially for younger children. The movie deals with some mature themes that younger children may not necessarily understand or may find disturbing, and it also has some action sequences that may be somewhat frightening for younger viewers.
However, the movie contains a strong moral worldview with elements of heroism, courage, friendship, and sacrifice as well as a mild allegory of God's pursuit for his lost children as Linda searches for Blu, her lost bird. Also, Rio’s fabulous mountaintop statue of “Christ, Our Redeemer” is overtly displayed throughout the movie. There are, however, some elements of Romanticism with mild pagan elements regarding Rio’s famous annual carnival. Older children, teenagers and adults will enjoy RIO, but MOVIEGUIDE recommends mild caution for younger children.
RIO is a funny, action-filled animated comedy with fun characters and enjoyable twists and turns. Sometimes, the story gets convoluted with too many characters and too many themes, but it’s still an enjoyable experience. RIO has a strong moral worldview with some overt references to Jesus in the famous mountaintop statue overlooking the city. The only caveat for RIO is some cartoon violence and some pagan references to Rio de Janeiro’s carnival street party.