Rio, formerly promoted as Rio: The Movie, is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha. The title refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the film is set. The film features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro and Jake T. Austin. It tells the story of Blu (Eisenberg), a male blue macaw who is taken to Rio de Janeiro to mate with a female. He falls in love at first sight with Jewel (Hathaway), a free-spirited macaw, and together they have to escape from being smuggled by Nigel (Clement), a cockatoo. The theme song "Telling the World" was sung by Taio Cruz.
Saldanha developed his first story concept of Rio in 1995, in which a penguin is washed up in Rio. However, Saldanha learned of the production of the films Happy Feet and Surf's Up, and changed the concept to involve macaws and their environments in Rio. He proposed his idea to Chris Wedge in 2006, and the project was set up at Blue Sky. The main voice actors were approached in 2009. During production, the crew visited Rio de Janeiro and also consulted with an expert on macaws at the Bronx Zoo to study their movements.
20th Century Fox released the film on March 22, 2011 in Brazil, and on April 15, 2011 in the United States. The film received generally positive reviews from film critics. Observers praised the visuals, voice acting, and music. The film was also a box office success, grossing over $484 million worldwide. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Real in Rio", but lost to the other nominee, "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets.
In Brazil, various exotic birds are smuggled out of the country. In Moose Lake, Minnesota, a crate with a male blue macaw hatchling falls out of a truck and is found by Linda Gunderson, who names him Blu. However, Blu is unable to fly and is ridiculed by two Canada Geese named Alice and Chloe that frequent the outside of Linda's bookstore.
One day, in late winter, ornithologist Tulio Monteiro invites Blu and Linda to Rio de Janeiro on the condition that Blu, who is the last male of his species, mate with a female macaw. Linda accepts and they fly to Rio, where Blu meets a Red-crested Cardinal named Pedro and his Yellow Canary friend Nico. Tulio explains that they have arrived during carnival, the biggest party in the world, which is during February or March. At Tulio's aviary, Blu falls in love with Jewel, a fiercely independent blue macaw longing to flee into the wilderness. The macaws are captured by Fernando, an impoverished boy, and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo named Nigel, both of whom work for a group of smugglers led by Marcel. Nigel tells the macaws that he vowed to smuggle exotic birds after his role had been replaced on a television program. Blu and Jewel flee into a jungle.Fernando meets Linda and Tulio and tells them that Marcel forced him to capture birds, before cooperating with the two to find Blu. Meanwhile, Blu and Jewel meet a Toco Toucan named Rafael, who offers to take them to his bulldog friend Luiz to remove their leg chains. He tries to teach Blu how to fly, before the three meet Pedro and Nico. Nigel hires a horde of thieving marmosets to capture Blu and Jewel. Pedro and Nico take Blu and Jewel to a bird's Rio-style party, where they perform a duet, but are attacked by the marmosets. Their bird friends fight them, then the five flee. Linda and Tulio are taken to the smugglers hideout. Marcel explains that he will use the Rio Carnival to capture Blu and Jewel.
Meanwhile, Blu and the others meet Luiz, who releases the chain holding Blu and Jewel using his drool; and the two macaws decide to go their separate ways. When Blu and Rafael learn from Pedro and Nico that Nigel captured Jewel, they rush to the carnival to rescue her, while Linda and Túlio organize a rescue attempt for the birds.
While Linda and Tulio pose as dancers in blue macaw costumes, Marcel uses Nigel to capture the birds. On board Marcel's Short SC.7 Skyvan, the macaws release the captive birds, but Nigel injures Jewel. Blu uses a fire extinguisher to send Nigel into the propeller of the plane's engine, and the smugglers flee. Unable to fly, Jewel slips out of the plane and falls towards the ocean. Blu jumps out of the plane to rescue her. He catches Jewel who calls him crazy for coming after her, but after he tells her that he won't let her go, Jewel realised that Blu loves her. Jewel then kisses Blu, which enables him to fly. Later, Linda, Tulio, and Fernando heal Jewel and organize a sanctuary to protect the jungle from smugglers. Blu and Jewel raise three chicks, Grecia, Roma, and Achez together and celebrate with their bird friends, Nigel is ridiculed for his loss of feathers by the marmoset's leader Mauro, and the smugglers are sent to jail.
- Jesse Eisenberg as Blu, a male Spix's macaw and the protagonist. He is socially awkward, domesticated, and clumsy. Blu was smuggled from Rio de Janeiro to Moose Lake and was adopted by Linda Gunderson as Tyler Blu Gunderson, living together for 15 years. However, he is unable to fly.
- Anne Hathaway as Jewel, a female Spix's macaw and the deuteragonist who desperately longs to escape to the rainforest.
- George Lopez as Rafael, a romantic Toco Toucan and the tritagonist who has a fondness of Carnaval.
- will.i.am as Pedro, a rapping Red-crested Cardinal and one of the secondary tritagonists who befriends Blu and gives him advice on how to attract girls.
- Jamie Foxx as Nico, a close friend of Pedro and one of the secondary tritagonists. He is a Yellow Canary with a green and purple striped bottlecap as a hat and tambourine that loves to samba.
- Tracy Morgan as Luiz, a bulldog and a chainsaw expert who has a medical condition of drooling.
- Jemaine Clement as Nigel, a sadistic Sulphur-crested cockatoo and the main antagonist. Nigel was formerly a television star, but after being replaced by a parakeet he developed a hatred of exotic birds and began to help capture them for his owner Marcel.
- Bernardo de Paula as Kipo, a Roseate Spoonbill at the bird's funk party.
- Wanda Sykes and Jane Lynch as Chloe and Alice, two Canada Goose sisters from Moose Lake who ridicule Blu.
- Francisco Ramos as Mauro, the head marmoset.
- Bebel Gilberto as Eva, a Keel-billed toucan and Rafael's wife. She is tone-deaf.
- Leslie Mann as Linda Gunderson, Blu's human owner and the secondary protagonist who discovered Blu after he was taken from Rio de Janeiro to Moose Lake and adopted him for 15 years.
- Sofia Scarpa Saldanha, the director's daughter, voices the younger Linda.
- Jake T. Austin as Fernando, an impoverished and orphaned Brazilian boy. He assists Marcel in capturing exotic birds.
- Bernardo de Paula as Sylvio, an stocky security guard at Túlio's aviary. He is also a fan of the Carnaval festival and spends as much time as he can dancing the samba.
- Rodrigo Santoro as Tulio Monteiro, the secondary deuteragonist and an ornithologist from Brazil who suggests that Blu travel to Rio to mate with Jewel and Linda's love interest.
- Carlos Ponce as Marcel, the leader of the smugglers and Nigel's owner who gives him difficult tasks which none of his partners can achieve. He is the secondary antagonist.
- Jeffrey Garcia as Tipa, the clumsy one of Marcel's henchmen.
- Davi Vieira as Armando, one of Marcel's henchmen.
- Rio is the first Blue Sky Studios film to be musical; however, it is the second film to have any characters singing any songs, the first being Horton Hears a Who, in which near the end, the major characters sing "Can't Fight this Feeling".
- This film was originally rated PG for off-color humor. But later, it re-rated to G as Blue Sky stripped the scenes that were unnecessary. This was because some Fox executives weren't happy with the PG-rating. The only known deleted scene is The Fruit Stand.
- A special Rio clip was made in order to appear at the Kids' Choice Awards in 2011 where Blu and Jewel presented one of the winners.
- This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to get a G rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, the first being Horton Hears a Who.
- A promotion in South America for Rio was made. It was Rio Oreo.
- The film was a box office success, making over $470,000,000 worldwide.
- The DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Disk Rio Trio Party Edition came out on August 2 in North America, July 7 in Brazil, and September 28 in Australia.
- Rio is the first film to pass the $4 million mark in 2011.
- The movie has several elements similiar to Happy Feet (ex. both feature singing and dancing birds, the movie ending with the main male and female characters' offspring being seen, and some rude humor early on).
- The Rio video game for Wii, Nintendo DS, PS3, and Xbox 360, came out on April 12, 2011.
- A Puzzle game was released on December 10, 2011.
- Rio is also the first Blue Sky Studios movie to feature modern humans, the people in the first Ice Age movie were Neanderthals.
- Rio is the second Blue Sky Studios film in which the main character is first seen at a young age (the first was Robots).
- Rio is the third Blue Sky Studios film to begin with the opening credits, after Robots and Horton Hears a Who.
- This is the first and so far only Blue Sky Studios film to have the love interest kiss the main character.
- Rio will be the second movie by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox to be turned into a franchise, after Ice Age, which currently has four movies and six short films.
- Lead actors Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway both appeared in the short-lived series Get Real, as brother and sister.
- Rio ranked No. 1 at the box office surpassing the other worldwide released movie Scream 4.
- Main article: Rio 2
Sérgio Mendes commented in January 2012 his nomination for Best Original Song, saying, that the film will most likely have a sequel, and that Carlos Saldanha is planning it to be released in 2014 three to four months before the World Cup which will be held in Brazil.
The plot of the sequel will tie into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the exact storyline has yet to be revealed by the film's producers. Carlos Saldanha and Sérgio Mendes, along with others, met with each other a week after the film was announced, on February 1, 2012 to reveal the synopsis of the film to one another. Sérgio Mendes will once again being creating new music for the sequel to the film, due to his Oscar nomination for his music in the first film. Saldanha revealed that no deal for a script or deals have been made with studios about the film as of yet. The sequel will be distributed by 20th Century Fox and animated by Blue Sky Studios.
- Rio at the Internet Movie Database
- Trailer at YouTube
- Sample Video Clip at YouTube
- Another Trailer at YouTube
- ↑ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/04/box-office-rio-scream-4-conspirator.html
- ↑ http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/84/nominees.html
- ↑ http://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/sergio-mendes-says-rio-sequel-likely-155007113.html
- ↑ http://www.vulture.com/2012/01/rio-sequel-brazil-world-cup.html
- ↑ http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Rio-Sequel-Likely-Take-Flight-29054.html
- ↑ http://www.hitfix.com/articles/sequel-to-oscar-nominated-animated-hit-rio-in-the-works
- ↑ http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/22896/-rio-sequel-readying-for-2014
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a362486/rio-sequel-rumoured-for-2014.html
- ↑ http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/40122/rio-sequel-in-the-works
- ↑ http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/01/25/rio-sequel/
|Rio (2011) • Rio 2 (2014) • Rio 3 (TBA)|
|Rio: The Series (TBD)|
|Blu • Jewel • Rafael • Nico • Pedro • Luiz • Bia • Carla • Tiago • Nigel • Fernando • Linda Gunderson • Tulio Monteiro|
|Multiplayer Party Game • DS version • Angry Birds Rio|
|"Real in Rio" • "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)" • "Pretty Bird" • "Take You To Rio" • "Telling the World" • "Sapo Cai" • "Fly Love"|
|Blue Sky Studios|
|Ice Age (2002) • Robots (2005) • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) • Horton Hears A Who! (2008) • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) • Rio (2011) • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) • Epic (2013)|
|Rio 2 (2014) • Peanuts (2015) • Anubis (2016) • Ferdinand (2017) • Spore (2017) • Rio 3 (2017)|
|Bunny (1998) • Gone Nutty (2002) • Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty (2005) • No Time For Nuts (2006) • Surviving Sid (2008) • Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010) • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)|