This was just like watching Captain America! Except, instead of the patriotic good looks and awesome fighting abilities of Chris Evans as Captain America, the smoldering dangerous excitement of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson with an eye patch, and stuff blowing up, you have singing birds!
I confess that I did not see Rio because I’m not a big bird guy. But since it made close to 500 million somebody is.
Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg voice the two main characters, rare blue macaws Jewel and Blu. They certainly work but are not memorable voices. Jewel and Blu have settled down in Brazil and have 3 chicks. When they hear that an entire group of endangered blue macaws were discovered deep in the Rain Forest they decide to take a family trip to check it out. Blu is apprehensive about the trip since his years in captivity have made him dependent on human things like GPS, Swiss Army knives, and fanny packs.
When they get to the Rain Forest Jewel is reunited with her father Eduardo, voiced by Andy Garcia. At this point they use the storyline from the original Meet the Parents. Eduardo does not approve of Blu and his human ways. Jewel’s perfect ex-boyfriend Roberto is on hand to intimidate Blu. Since this is a musical Roberto is voiced by Bruno Mars. While everything Blu does is a disaster he is being stalked by his enemy from the first movie, Nigel the cockatiel. Nigel is voiced by Jermaine Clement from The Flight of the Concords. As always the villain is the best character and Jermaine is the perfect voice. Nigel’s sidekick is a female poisonous frog named Gabi voiced by Kristin Chenoweth. She is in love with Nigel but can’t touch him because of her deadly poison. As if two storylines are not enough we have a group of villainous clear cutters destroying the Rain Forest that must be stopped.
Other voices you will recognize are George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, and Will.i.am. A little bit of Tracy Morgan as the voice of a slobbering bulldog named Luis goes a long way.
It’s an hour and 40 minutes, Rated G. This is not near as easy to sit through with your kids as The Lego Movie but the animation is great and the songs are lively. I wouldn’t think there would be a Rio 3, but I’ve been wrong before. Hangover 3.
My Score: 4 Buds