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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Disher ...
Mother Bird (voice)
Jason Fricchione ...
Truck Driver (voice)
Sofia Scarpa Saldanha ...
Young Linda (voice)
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Linda (voice)
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Blu (voice)
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Tulio / Soccer Announcer (voice)
Gracinha Leporace ...
Dr. Barbosa (voice)
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Nico (voice)
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Pedro (voice) (as will.i.am)
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Aviary Intern / Waiter (voice)
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Jewel (voice)
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Sylvio / Kipo (voice)
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In Rio de Janeiro, baby macaw, Blu, is captured by dealers and smuggled to the USA. While driving through Moose Lake, Minnesota, the truck that is transporting Blu accidentally drops Blu's box on the road. A girl, Linda, finds the bird and raises him with love. Fifteen years later, Blu is a domesticated and intelligent bird that does not fly and lives a comfortable life with bookshop owner Linda. Out of the blue, clumsy Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, visits Linda and explains that Blu is the last male of his species, and he has a female called Jewel in Rio de Janeiro. He invites Linda to bring Blu to Rio so that he and Jewel can save their species. Linda travels with Blu and Tulio to Rio de Janeiro and they leave Blu and Jewel in a large cage in the institute where Tulio works. While they are having dinner, smugglers break into the institute and steal Blu and Jewel to sell them. Linda and Tulio look everywhere for Blu, who is chained to Jewel and hidden in a slum. Meanwhile, Jewel ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,515,853 (UK) (8 April 2011)

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$143,618,384 (USA) (2 September 2011)
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Trivia

Carlos Saldanha (himself a resident of Rio) first came up with the concept in 1995. Originally, it was about a penguin washing up on the beaches of the Brazilian city but when he learned of the production of two penguin-related animation features - Happy Feet (2006) and Surf's Up (2007) - he was forced to radically rewrite his screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Sulphur crested cockatoos are native only to Australia an neighboring islands, and there is no similar South American species. However Nigel is a house pet and it is plausible that the smugglers have operated in other continents. See more »

Quotes

Jewel: Now, uh... just come on! We need to find a safe place to spend the night.
Blu: Safe? Safe? We are in the jungle! You know when people say 'it's a jungle out there', well I'm pretty sure they don't mean it as a good thing.
Jewel: Look, I hate to break it to you, but this is where our kind naturally lives.
Blu: Hey, hey! Don't talk to me about nature. I watch Animal Planet. I know all about the food chain.
[just then a bug flying by gets eaten by a frog sticking his tongue out to grab it]
Blu: Ah! You see? You see, out...
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Crazy Credits

The initial set of credits is accompanied by a reprise of "Real in Rio" from the main cast. It is then followed by a scene of a featherless Nigel being photographed by Mauro. See more »

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References The Jungle Book (1967) See more »

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Let Me Take You to Rio
Music and Lyrics by Ester Dean, Carlinhos Brown, and Mikael Mutti
Performed by Ester Dean and Carlinhos Brown
Produced by Ester Dean and John Powell
Ester Dean performs courtesy of Zone 4 / Interscope Records
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Colors and Flying
7 April 2011 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

The main plot of "Rio", an endangered bird doesn't know how to fly. It sounds a bit predictable and this plot was already used by many movies. But the core of this film is showing the beautiful place of Rio De Janeiro. The filmmaking was great. Colorful visuals, often hilarious, and decent directing.

There is nothing wrong with the voice acting. The main cast, Jesse Eisenber and Anne Hathaway are like the bird versions of them. Jemaine Clement really made his character evil. The rest of the cast, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez adds more fun to the movie. I just wish Tracy Morgan's character Luiz had more scenes.

The visuals are colorful and very spectacular. It really shows how beautiful Rio De Janeiro is. The flying sequence is indeed breathtaking even if it's in 2D. The problem of the movie is it's not so compelling. The ending seems rushed. We will all know what's gonna happened to this flightless bird. Although the movie has a big heart. The movie is often funny of course.

Overall it's a fun experience. "Rio" is not like Pixar but it's still enjoyable for the whole family. After watching all of those awful recent blockbusters, I think "Rio" is the best movie I've seen this year so far. It could be the studio's best movie yet.


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