1 OUT OF EVERY 8 AMERICANS IS AFRAID OF FLYING. MOST OF THEM DON’T HAVE FEATHERS.
Blu, a domesticated member of the critically endangered species of Spix’s Macaw, journeys with his owner to Rio de Janeiro where the bird hopefully will mate with another macaw, Jewel. The Ice Age director delivers another grand adventure that will please kids. Very attractive, with good use of 3D, the movie offers nice opportunities for Tracy Morgan and Jemaine Clement to shine (the latter even gets to sing, Flight of the Conchords-style), but it isn’t very funny and the formula feels unusually rigid.
2011-U.S. Animated. 96 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. Song: “Real in Rio” (Siedah Garrett, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown). Voices of Anne Hathaway (Jewel), Jesse Eisenberg (Blu), Jemaine Clement (Nigel), Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan… will.i.am, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris, Wanda Sykes.
Trivia: Followed by Rio 2 (2014).