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Rio (2011)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  15 April 2011 (USA)
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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)
Linda (voice)
Blu (voice)
Tulio / Soccer Announcer (voice)
Gracinha Leporace ...
Dr. Barbosa (voice)
Nico (voice)
Pedro (voice) (as will.i.am)
Aviary Intern / Waiter (voice)
Jewel (voice)
Sylvio / Kipo (voice)


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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1 out of every 8 Americans is afraid of flying. Most of them don't have feathers. See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rio: The Movie  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,515,853 (UK) (8 April 2011)


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

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Did You Know?


During production, Jesse Eisenberg was still working on The Social Network (2010). To compensate for time, he agreed to provide Blu's dialogue on weekends, admitting that it diverted him away from the mindset of his nearly-joyless Social Network character. See more »


Flight is instinctive to a macaw, and a macaw is going to take off in fear if it sees one of the commonplace predators of Minnesota, feline or canine, likely to make a meal of such a bird should one ever find its way into the bookstore. See more »


Tulio: Nice of you to join me for dinner. I often eat alone. Oh, uh... because, of course I work.
Linda: [laughing] I thought I was the bird nerd until I met you.
Tulio: Yes. Right. Do you have a favorite bird?
Linda: Well, obviously I'm a blue macaw kinda gal.
Tulio: [laughing] That makes sense. They are very handsome birds.
Linda: Actually, it's the brains I'm more attracted to. I'm not so impressed by fancy feathers.
Tulio: I know exactly what you mean. My favorite bird is a spotted owl. I've always been mesmerized by those big, round, ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, two blue feathers are formed by the abstract shapes. See more »


Featured in Saving the Species: One Voice at a Time (2011) See more »


Girl From Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes (as Vinicius De Moraes), and Norman Gimbel
Performed by George Lopez (uncredited) and Bebel Gilberto (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Rio-an epic, lovable, beautiful and visually stunning animation
10 April 2011 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

Not many animations like Rio come around these days.When i first saw the trailer and the team behind this very anticipated animation, the Ice Age team, i knew it will be very enjoyable and fun to watch.Seeing a TV spot right now, i remember that it was all those things, but much more as well.The quality of the animation was unique-only two or three movies can still compete with this and those are Tangled, Up and How to Train Your Dragon.But still, there was so much going on in Rio, the birds, the colors, the non-stopping stream of movement, lights, music and songs, around the carnival in Rio or in the opening and closing scenes with the singing and dancing of the birds in the forests around the city.So much was going on and with such quality, that no animation has matched.And those epic proportions of the animation are its strongest qualities.Something one can't see every day.

The character development was very good, beginning with a little background of the macaw bird Blu's life, with his owner Linda in Minnesota.Maybe, the other macaw, Jewel, was a little underdeveloped as a character, but with positive reviews coming, there might be a sequel coming on the way as well.Then, Jewel's background might be better developed.

With an animation of such proportions, some box office power along with a few Oscar noms will surely be along the way and the fact that it takes place in Rio alone, will act as an audience magnet, given that Rio's one of the most popular and non-stopping cities in the world.This magical feeling stays all along the movie.You just can't forget you're in Rio.

Rio is as well another example of an animation, worth the time and money of both young and grown-ups.That's what catches the eye.20-th Century Fox has made a great animation and with the possible box-office power of the movie, a sequel might as well be on the works.

So, a great animation, very epic and visually stunning, Rio will keep everyone mesmerized and captivated long after the end, and personally for me is one of the best, if not the bast animation i've seen.

I definitely hope for a sequel and i'll definitely see it again, at the movies.

10/10 for this stunning, colorful, heartwarming and breathtaking experience, named Rio!

P.S.The one thing i thought was missing, was Bellini's Samba De Janeiro- this song can make the mood of every crowd in the world :)

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