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The film was based on a true story of a Spix's macaw named Elvis, living in the United States. His owner agreed to let Elvis join the captive breeding program to help preserve his species.
When Nigel is recruiting the Marmosets for help, he threatens three monkeys after he tosses the main one in the sky. One monkey has his hands over his eyes, another over his ears, and another over his mouth. (See, Hear, Speak No Evil).
This film has been cited as a reason why Pixar cancelled a film they were making with a similar story: "Newt".
Oreo created a special edition version of their cookies with blue icing to tie in with the release of the film.
Right before Blu and Jewel's escape from the smugglers hideout it is possible to see that the soccer game on TV is a match between traditional rivals Brazil and Argentina. This plausibly explains why everybody seems to be so obsessed in following the game - especially because the movie seems to indicate that the match is being held in the Maracanã Stadium, in Rio.
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.
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.
When Blu tells Jewel to check his math to verify that his plan to break their chain will work, a patch of sand is shown where Blu has scratched in the equation "f=G (m1 x m2 / R^2)". This is the formula for calculating the gravitational attraction between two bodies and can apply both literally to the rock and chain/Earth, as well as figuratively to Blu and Jewel.
The first film from Blue Sky Studios since the original Ice Age (2002) to have human characters.
When Linda and Tulio were dressed up in macaw costumes to walk in the parade, Tulio looks in the mirror and goes "Cyanopsitta Spixii!", the scientific name for the Spix's macaw.
First Blue Sky Studios film to be a musical.
During Rafael's first on-screen appearance, he starts addressing a few of his children by their names Manoela and Sofia. These names happen to belong to movie director Carlos Saldanha's real-life kids.
The film lost out at the Academy Awards for Best Original Song to The Muppets (2011). This was the first time only 2 songs were nominated in the category instead of the usual 3 or 5. This lack of nominees in this particular category attracted widespread criticism and led to a full slate of 5 nominees the following year.
The crew visited Rio de Janeiro and also consulted with an expert on macaws at the Bronx Zoo.
Initially, director Carlos Saldanha chose Neil Patrick Harris to voice Blu, but Harris had other commitments during production, so left the project altogether, leaving Saldanha's second choice Jesse Eisenberg to take on the role immediately.
The creation of Angry Birds Rio (2011) marked the first time that an existing game was specifically adapted to accommodate the release of a film.
Nico (the yellow bird) is a canary.
The user name on Linda's computer is "Bluebird".
20th Century Fox were initially rather annoyed when the MPAA slapped the film with a PG rating for "mild off-color humor". The studio resubmitted the movie to acquire a G rating instead.
Story art reveals that Nigel had a metal or robotic talon in early versions of the story.
Nico and Pedro were named after two of the film's music department crew, while Rafael was named after the film's storyboard artist, Rafael Zentil.
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Linda and Blu live in Moose Lake, which is an actual small town in northern Minnesota
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When Blu is trying to fly and is reading the fundamentals of flight by Ludwig and Trebetzkoy, those happen to be the last names of two of the four programmers of Blue Sky studios Rendering software.
The smugglers' airplane is a Short SC-7 Skyvan.
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Both Blu and Jewel are Spix's macaws.
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Nigel's full name is Cocks Nigel Cockatoo, Tulio's full name is Tulio Monteiro, and Blu's full name is Tyler Blu Gunderson.
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The song that Rafael starts singing after he says he remembers what was playing when he first laid eyes on Eva is "The Girl from Ipanema".
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Pedro is a red-crested cardinal.
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The 13th biggest grossing film of 2011.
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The small turquoise-and-black, blue-and-black, and red-and-black birds seen in some parts of the film (such as Nigel's song "Pretty Bird") are honeycreepers.
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When Blu, Jewel, and the rest of the gang fight the monkeys, there is a picture of Red the angry bird. When Raphael the toucan hits a monkey with his beak, the bird appears on the box.
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