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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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Release Date:

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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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Nico (the yellow bird) is a canary. See more »


When Tulio visits Linda in Minnesota, there are two blue pens or pencils on the table. When Tulio throws Blu, the two pens or pencils have disappeared. See more »


Nico: Hey, Ralfie! If it isn't the king of carnival!
Rafael: Nico! Pedro! What up, family?
Pedro: Where you been hidin' yourself, bird?
Nico: Man, I thought you were dead!
Pedro: Hold up! Rewind!
[going towards Blu]
Pedro: Ain't that the bird from the cage?
Nico: I think our love lessons went down smooth.
Pedro: You work fast!
Nico: Baby got big!
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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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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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