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Rio 2
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by Bruce Anderson
John C. Donkin
Written by Don Rhymer
Carlos Saldanha
Carlos Kotkin
Jenny Bicks
Yoni Brenner
Screenplay by
Story by Carlos Saldanha
Narrated by
Voices Jesse Eisenberg
Anne Hathaway
Rodrigo Santoro
Leslie Mann
George Lopez
Jamie Foxx
will.i.am
Jemaine Clement
Jake T. Austin
Tracy Morgan
Bebel Gilberto
Andy García
Bruno Mars
Kristin Chenoweth
Rita Moreno
Amandla Stenberg
Rachel Crow
Pierce Gagnon
Natalie Morales
Janelle Monáe
Miriam Wallen
Derek Blankenship
Philip Lawrence
Music John Powell
Songs Sérgio Mendes
Cinematography
Studios
Editing
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
Release date(s) March 20, 2014 (Russia)
March 27, 2014 (Brazil)
April 4, 2014 (UK)
April 11, 2014 (Worldwide)
April 17,2014(Hong Kong)
Running time 101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Portuguese
Budget $103 million[2]
Gross $177,168,098[3]
MPAA Rating G
Preceded by Rio (2011)
Followed by
IMDb profile http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357291/

Rio 2 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha. It is the sequel to the 2011 computer-animated film Rio and the studio's first film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age franchise. The title refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the films are 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. The film was released worldwide on April 11, 2014,[4] following the film's premiere in Brazil on March 27, 2014 and its UK release on April 4, 2014.

Plot

Following a few years after the first film, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) enjoy life in Rio with their three kids: the oldest and music-loving Carla (Rachel Crow), intelligent Bia (Amandla Stenberg), and the youngest and mischievous Tiago (Pierce Gagnon). Meanwhile, Blu's former owner Linda Gunderson (Leslie Mann) and her ornithologist husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are on an expedition in the Amazon and eventually discover a quick-flying Spix's Macaw that loses one of its feathers. When word gets out about this through television, Jewel believes that they should go to the Amazon to help their human friends find them. While the kids are ecstatic, Blu is uncertain but is pressured into going along. Rafael (George Lopez), Nico (Jamie Foxx) and Pedro (will.i.am) decide to come along. Luiz (Tracy Morgan) attempts to follow, but fails. Blu brings a belly pack full of supplies, one of which he uses mostly is a GPS much to Jewel's displeasure.

Meanwhile, the leader of a group that is in a line of illegal logging (Miguel Ferrer) discovers Linda and Tulio's expedition to find the macaws and orders his minions to hunt them down to avoid disruptions to their work. Also, Blu and Jewel's old enemy Nigel the cockatoo (Jemaine Clement) has survived the plane crash from the first film but now has limited flight and is working as a fortune teller/con artist. When he sees Blu and his family flying overhead of him, he wastes no time deciding to go after them in revenge. He is helped by a silent anteater named Charlie and a villainous but lovesick poison dart frog named Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), the latter of which is in love with Nigel. Blu and his family use a boat to get toward the jungle (with Nigel's first plan of revenge being inadvertently foiled by Charlie). When they arrive, they find nothing in sight. However, they are eventually taken to a flock of Spix's Macaws that are hiding in a secret paradise land. There, they meet Jewel's stern long lost father Eduardo (Andy García), his older sister Mimi (Rita Moreno), and Jewel's childhood friend Roberto (Bruno Mars). Eduardo seems unimpressed with Blu's domesticated behavior.

While searching for the macaws, Linda and Tulio are eventually trapped by the loggers. Meanwhile, Blu does his best to fit in with the flock as his family and friends are doing, which the flock are against humans and all things human. Blu fails at Eduardo's survival techniques when the former takes Blu out to train him to be like one of the flock. Meanwhile, Nigel gets his chance after countless attempts to get to Blu when he lands in an audition hosted by Rafael, Nico, Pedro and Carla for Carnival while in disguise as a bird named Bob. When Blu tries to pick a Brazilian nut for Jewel, he accidentally tries to get it in the territory of the Scarlet Macaw (the Spix's Macaw's enemies) led by the hostile Felipe (Philip Lawrence). Blu inadvertently causes war between the two for food when he accidentally hits Felipe with a twig. The war turns out to be just like soccer (football in some countries), and Blu incidentally costs the flock the food when he prematurely sends the fruit ball into the Spix's Macaws' own goal much to Eduardo's frustration.

After falling out with Jewel, Blu visits Tulio and Linda's site. He then discovers a broken CB radio. After he and Roberto (who followed Blu) are almost run over by a tractor, Blu sends Roberto to warn the flock as he saves Linda and Tulio. Blu persuades the macaws to defend their homes, and they easily outmatch the loggers with help from the Scarlet Macaws. The leader of the loggers tries to blow up the trees as a back-up plan, but Blu steals the lit dynamite. Nigel goes after Blu, and reveals himself as they are falling down when he tugs on the dynamite. After the dynamite goes off, Nigel tries attacking Blu while they hang upside down from vines. Gabi tries to help Nigel by using Charlie's tongue to slingshot a hedgehog quill (which they got earlier) with her poison on it to shoot it at Blu. But it accidentally hits Nigel, who gives a Shakespearean death speech before seemingly dying. Gabi tries to commit suicide by drinking her own poison, and the pair are seemingly dead.

However, Bia points out that Gabi isn't poisonous at all (she was lied to by her parents that she was). Gabi then smothers Nigel against his will as he tries to get to Blu. The boss logger tries to escape, but is swallowed by a boa constrictor. With the flock now under Linda and Tulio's protection, Blu and Jewel decide to live in the Amazon with their kids and friends. However, they still agree to visit Rio in the summer. Meanwhile, Nigel is taken back to Rio by Tulio along with Gabi. Luiz finally arrives in the Amazon after hitching a ride with Kipo, and Charlie joins the birds' party.

Cast

Animals

Humans

Production

In an interview after his nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Sérgio Mendes said that the first film is likely to have a sequel, and that Carlos Saldanha is planning it for release in 2014, a few months before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. Also, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said that the studio is interested in turning Rio into a franchise.[12]

""I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup. Fox has been talking about (it) and it looks like it's going to happen. We're going to have a meeting I think next week and Carlos is coming to town to tell us the story, and it looks like it's a go.""
―Sérgio Mendes, January 25, 2012.

Variety states that Carlos Saldanha had officially signed a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox that allows him to helm live-action and/or animated films, with the sequel being part of that contractual agreement.[13]

On April 7th, 2012, Deadline.com reported that Jesse Eisenberg has signed up to reprise his role as Blu.[14] Anne Hathaway had also signed on to reprise her role as Jewel.[15] Rodrigo Santoro had confirmed his return to voice ornithologist Tulio Monteiro, as well as hinting that the sequel's setting will involve more of the Amazon.[16]

On November 28, 2012, Don Rhymer, screenplay writer of the first film, passed away during the writing phase of the sequel after a battle with head and neck cancer.[17][18]

On April 18, 2013, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled the first teaser trailer at the annual Las Vegas, Nevada CinemaCon.[19] [20] On May 14, 2013, that same trailer was released online worldwide and attached with Epic.[21]

On June 18, 2013, a new promo poster was released at the Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

On July 17, 2013, Yahoo unveiled a second trailer introducing Clara the capybara.

On August 29, 2013, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled the theatrical trailer in San Francisco.

On September 24, 2013, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled a Sneak Peek on USA Today's website. 

On September 25, 2013, the official Rio Twitter account asked fans to tune in to Entertainment Tonight for an exclusive preview of the Rio 2 trailer.[22] The program ended with a 20 second look at various scenes from the film. A replay of the preview was made available on the website the following day.

On October 2, 2013, that same theatrical trailer was released online worldwide.

On October 12, 2013, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled new video clips in Times Square in New York City, and the video clips will air in March 2014.

On October 23, 2013, Sérgio Mendes, the co-writer of "Real in Rio," shortly spoke about his current work with Carlinhos Brown on the new film's soundtrack.

"It's going to be unique. It's a new story, and in some songs, my band is part of it."
―Sérgio Mendes, October 23, 2013.[23]

On December 9, 2013, 20th Century Fox released a video clip showcasing new scenes from the film. A performance from Janelle Monáe, who was nominated as Billboard's Rising Star for 2013, was also shown.

On December 10, 2013, NBC's The Today Show aired a video clip featuring more film footage, including a scene where Today Show news anchor Natalie Morales, for her animation debut, voices a newscaster modeled after her.

On December 12, 2013, a second official trailer was unveiled worldwide, along with a further description of the story and the new characters.

On December 13, 2013, that same trailer was posted on YouTube by the official Rio movie channel.

On December 26, 2013, a music video in which the Rio cast danced to the track "What Is Love" by Janelle Monáe was uploaded to the official Rio channel on YouTube. In addition, a clip featuring more film footage of the New Year's Eve party was also uploaded to the channel.

On January 17, 2014, the official Rio movie channel on YouTube uploaded a video announcing Rita Moreno as the recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. A short clip from Rio 2 featuring her character Mimi was also shown in the video.

On January 23, 2014, along with four new posters, it was revealed by Blue Sky that another musical talent, Wondaland, is going to feature their music in Rio 2.[24]

On January 24, 2014, the official Rio Twitter account invited fans to a special Grammy coverage with Nico and Pedro on January 26, 2014.

On January 31, 2014, a video featuring Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx and will.i.am, Musician Early, was released worldwide.

On February 11, 2014, a new trailer featuring the characters Nigel and Gabi, Runs Wild, was released.

On February 14, 2014, a telenovela series has been released, telling the story of the forbidden love between Nigel and Gabi.

Entertainer Bruno Mars joined the cast as Roberto after director Carlos Saldanha caught his performance on Saturday Night Live. During production, Mars offered his own personal touches that better shaped his character's physical appearance, personality and voice.[25]

On February 19, 2014, a video was uploaded that detailed how Carlos Saldanha and his team reached out to various groups to assemble and enrich the music of Rio 2.

On March 17, 2014, a series of interviews were released in which Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, and Jamie Foxx elaborate on the film through their characters' eyes.

On March 19, 2014, the complete B-roll for the film was released, showcasing brief compilations of the voice acting done for much of the main characters, as well as musical performances by Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx, Barbatuques and others.

On March 20, 2014, a compilation of scenes animated by Stewart Shaw was released.

On April 1, 2014, a clip featuring the highlights of the Rio 2 themed events in Miami, Florida, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.

On April 2, 2014, a clip discussing the journey Blu and his family take across Brazil, as well as a few more scenes form the film, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.

On April 9, 2014, a clip featuring interviews with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence about their characters, as well as a few new scenes from them film, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.

On April 13, 2014, it was announced that Rio 2 will be closed in theaters on July 28th, and also announced that it will be release on Digital HD on July 15 and DVD and Blu-ray on July 29.

Marketing

Rodrigo Santoro, Sergio Mendes, Rio 2 press junket
Rodrigo Santoro, who voices Tulio, and the soundtrack's producer Sérgio Mendes at the film's press event.

Under the supervision of 20th Century Fox - with director Carlos Saldanha and music composer John Powell - the film's natural hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil used the film as a tie-in promotion for the 2014 New Year's Eve celebration at Copacabana Beach.[26]

20 new Angry Birds Rio levels along with six bonus levels — all visually tied to Rio 2 were released on February 20, 2014, as part of the "High Dive" update.[27]

Reception

Critical reception

Rio 2 has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 49% based on reviews from 89 critics, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's consensus reads: "Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic."[28] Another review aggregation website, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 50 out of 100 based on 31 reviews, which indicates mixed or average reviews.[29]

Mark Adams of Screen Daily said, "As a delightfully bright and breezy bit of 3D animated entertainment Rio 2 hits the sweet spot, and will no doubt be a box office hit with its blend of good-natured jungle adventure, songs and gags. The only frustrating thing is that it feels very much like a by-the-numbers sequel, lacking the verve, ebullience and left-field humour that made 2011’s Rio such a surprise hit."[30] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter said, "This rumble in the jungle adds a colorful cast of rain-forest creatures to the franchise's infectious sense of frivolity."[31] Justin Chang of Variety said, "Domestic and ecological dramas abound in this bright, noisy, overstuffed sequel to Fox's 2011 surprise hit."[32] Tom Huddleston of Time Out gave the film three out of five stars, saying "There are problems here ... but the characterisation is feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate and colourful, and it'll charm the socks off little people."[33] Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it's got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy."[34] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds."[35] Richard Corliss of Time gave the film a positive review, saying "Even when it's coarse and calculating, this is an eager entertainment machine that will keep the kids satisfied. Just don't tell them that the Rio movies are musical comedies about an avian genocide."[36]

Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News gave the film three out of five stars, saying "We're grading on a sliding scale here. But if Rio 2 is hardly Pixar quality, it's certainly better than the average animated sequel."[37] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's like the last Hobbit movie - so much time passes between side plots that you have to jog the memory when a minor character appears again. Who's that toucan again? Is he a bad guy?"[38] Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film three out of four stars, saying "An agreeable song-and-dance movie, a laugh here, a laugh there, pleasant but overly busy, for seemingly no real reason other than to throw a few more set pieces at the wall to see what sticks."[39] Jessica Herndon of the Associated Press gave the film three out of four stars, saying "With so much going on, it's a wonder this kids' movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it's worth the 3-D ticket."[40] Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to."[41] Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion."[42]

Tom Russo of The Boston Globe gave the film two out of four stars, saying "The story flows, but not always freely, thanks to its manufactured feel."[43] Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, saying "The cinematic equivalent of attack by kaleidoscope, Rio 2 sucks you in and whirls you around before spitting you out, exhausted."[44] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, saying "Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters."[45] Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor."[46] Tirdad Derakhshani of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It'll keep the kids content for a couple of hours, though it's likely to bore the grown-ups."[47] Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail gave the album three out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 (like Fox’s Ice Age series) relies on derivative plotting and slapstick visual gags, in contrast to Pixar’s more cerebral originality. Where the film excels though, in an even more pronounced way than the first film, is in the choreographed animation for the musical numbers."[48] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, saying "The musical moments, on the whole, stand out as the highlights of the film; Rio 2 becomes watchable when the flat characters shut up and sing."[49]

Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "The movie has one goal: to amuse the most children with the least amount of effort."[50] Steve Persall of the Tampa Bay Times gave the album a B+, saying "Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it."[51] Kevin McFarland of The A.V. Club gave the film a C, saying "Like the first film, Rio 2 is almost oppressively bright, bombarding the screen with flashes of saturated rainforest colors and even a bird version of soccer (timed a bit too perfectly to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil)."[52] Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, saying "It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief – and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle."[53] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave the film two out of five stars, saying "This jumbled sequel, which was also directed by Carlos Saldanha, loses most of what made the first film such an infectious entertainment."[54] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of five stars, saying "Though there isn't a fruit-flavored hue that isn't jammed into every single corner of screen space in Rio 2, the movie has less actual nutritional value than 10 bowls of crushed Froot Loops dust. 20th Century Fox's sequel to the already dubious 2011 film would seem far too endlessly hyperventilating and self-stimulating a way to keep kids from barreling toward a spaz attack on a Saturday afternoon."[55]

Box office

As of April 13, 2014, Rio 2 has grossed $39,327,869 in North America, and $124,300,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $177,168,098.[3] In North America, the film earned $12 million on its opening day,[56] and opened to number two in its first weekend, with $39,327,869, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[57]

Music

Soundtrack

Main article: Rio 2 Soundtracks

A soundtrack for the film was released on March 25, 2014, by Atlantic Records.[58][59]

Score

Main article: Rio 2 Score

An additional album featuring John Powell's original score was released on April 8, 2014 by Sony Classical.[60]

Possible Sequels

"The success of the first film was the start of a franchise."
―20th Century Fox spokesperson, January 27, 2012.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox stated that they are interested in turning Rio into a franchise due to the original's gross success and critical acclaim.[61]

Director Carlos Saldanha has kept the possibility for a third movie. He states, "Of course, I have a lot of stories to tell, so we're [starting to] prepare for it."[62]

Trivia

  • There are roughly 142 Spix's Macaws that appear in the giant "2" of the animated poster. The number of Spix's Macaws within that formation seems to loosely follow the real-life population of the species left in existence (most of which are kept in captivity).
  • Before the official release of the movie, a deleted scene was leaked showing Linda, Tulio and Fernando's search for Spix's Macaws.
  • According to Carlos Saldanha in an exclusive interview with Brazil's Fantastico program, recreating the entire Amazon jungle for the movie was a six-month process.
  • Rio 2 ranked No. 2 at the box office on the first week of its international release, following the other worldwide released movie Captain America: Winter Soldier.

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