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Rio-2011 blu jewel, rafeal ,pedro,nico on the Copacabana
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by Bruce Anderson
John C. Donkin
Written by
Screenplay by Don Rhymer
Joshua Sternin
Jeffrey Ventimilia
Sam Harper
Story by Carlos Saldanha
Earl Richey Jones
Todd R. Jones
Narrated by
Voices Anne Hathaway
Jesse Eisenberg
Jamie Foxx
George Lopez
Tracy Morgan
Jemaine Clement
Leslie Mann
Rodrigo Santoro
Jake T. Austin
Music John Powell
Cinematography Renato Falcão
Studios Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox
Editing Harry Hitner
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 22, 2011 (Brazil)
April 15, 2011 (North America)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90 million[1]
Gross $484,635,760
MPAA Rating G
Preceded by
Followed by Rio 2 (2014)
IMDb profile 1436562

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,, 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 meets Jewel (Hathaway), a free-spirited macaw. The two eventually fall in love, and together they have to escape from being smuggled by Nigel (Clement), an evil 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.[2]


In Brazil, several 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, who frequently visit 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 speculated to be the last male of his species, mate with a female macaw. Linda accepts and they fly to Rio, where Blu meets a Yellow Canary, named Nico, and his Red-crested Cardinal friend, named Pedro, who give Blu advice on how to attract females. Tulio explains that they have arrived during Carnival, the biggest party in the world. 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. Marcel wants to leave the country as soon as possible to secure a black market deal regarding Blu and Jewel. Fernando is sent away by Marcel, and he starts to have second thoughts about his actions. After Blu and Jewel are locked up with many other captured birds, Nigel tells them that he vowed to smuggle exotic birds after his role on a television program had been replaced by one. However, Blu later uses his intelligence to open their cage and they escape. Nigel chases them, but they are able to flee into the jungle.

Fernando meets Linda and Tulio, and tells them that he knows where to find Blu and Jewel. Meanwhile, Blu and Jewel meet a Toco Toucan, named Rafael, who offers to take them to his friend Luiz, to remove their leg chains. He tries to teach Blu how to fly, but fails. The three later meet Nico and Pedro. Meanwhile, Nigel hires a horde of thieving marmosets to capture Blu and Jewel. Nico and Pedro take Blu and Jewel to a bird's Rio-style

Blu and Jewel dancing at the Samba Club.

party, where they perform a duet, and Jewel starts to like Blu. However, the marmosets track them down and attack them. Their bird friends fight the marmosets, then the five are able to flee. Linda and Tulio are taken to the smugglers' hideout by Fernando. They notice that Blu and Jewel aren't there, and Fernando admits that he is the one who captured them. While Linda and Tulio hide, they hear Marcel's henchmen, Armando and Tipa, explaining to Fernando that they will use the Carnival parade to hide the smuggling of the birds.

Blu and the others meet Luiz, who turns out to be a bulldog. Luiz releases the chain holding Blu and Jewel using his drool. After the two macaws get into a heated argument, they decide to go their separate ways, though they are both secretly sad about this. However, Jewel is ambushed and captured by Nigel. When Blu and Rafael learn from Pedro and Nico that Nigel captured Jewel, they rush to the Carnival to rescue her, while Linda and Tulio organize a rescue attempt for the birds.

Linda and Tulio pose as dancers in blue macaw costumes to find the smugglers' hidden float. Meanwhile, Nigel uses Jewel as bait to lure in Blu and the others, and locks them all in cages. Marcel and the other smugglers arrive at the airport, load all the captured birds onto a plane, and take off. However, during the flight, Blu escapes his cage using a fire extinguisher, releases all the captive birds, and lets them escape out of the plane. However, as Blu tries to get over his fear of flying, Nigel attacks him. Jewel tries to help Blu, but Nigel injures her. Blu manages to hook the fire extinguisher onto Nigel and sets it off, sending Nigel flying out of the plane and into the left propeller, causing the plane to fall. The smugglers flee the plane. 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 realises 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 become mates, raise three chicks, Bia, Carla, and Tiago together, and celebrate with their bird friends.

Meanwhile, Nigel is revealed to have survived the plane crash, but has lost much of his feathers and is ridiculed for this by the marmoset's leader, Mauro (Nigel threatened him when he hired him and the other marmosets to capture Blu and Jewel). During the credits, it is also shown that and the smugglers have been sent to jail.


Rio Cast

Rio Cast



  • Leslie Mann as Linda Gunderson, Blu's human owner and one of the two main tritagonists who discovered Blu after he was taken from Rio de Janeiro to Moose Lake and adopted him for 15 years.
  • 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 tritagonist 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 other parteners can achieve. He is the secondary antagonist.
  • Jeffrey Garcia as Tipa, the clumsy one of Marcel's henchmen.
  • Davi Vieira as Armando, the smarter 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 when Blu and Jewel arrived at the marketplace and were having a feast of fruits, given by Rafael, before they met Nico and Pedro.
  • 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 similar 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 is 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Saldanha revealed that no deal for a script or deals have been made with studios about the film as of yet.[7] The sequel will be distributed by 20th Century Fox and animated by Blue Sky Studios.[8]

A spokesperson from 20th Century Fox has said that no deals with actors have been made yet.[9], and that the studio is interested in turning Rio into a franchise, which hints at further sequels.[10]


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