Rio was the polar opposite of its director's Carlos Saldanha Ice Age series of animated films. Rio had Samba, Vivir, Brio and a whole supporting cast not dependent on the silent adventures of an animated squirrel whenever the plot sagged. It's color palette was as rainbow as the macaws it featured in a plot that had fine feathered city slicker Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) meet the Jewel of his dreams (Anne Hathaway) and travel back to his Brazilian roots.
Rio 2 has Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild. Nigel the Cockatoo (Jemaine Clement), is also back for revenge after being bested by the pair of Macaws in the first film.
Leslie Mann (This is 40) is returning as Linda, the girl who adopted Blu; George Lopez is reprising his role as romantic Toucan Rafael; Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is back as the bottlecap-sporting Yellow Canary Nico; and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is once again voicing Luiz, a bulldog with an embarrassing drooling condition. The film also introduces some new characters to the party, including Jewel’s long-lost father Eduardo, voiced by Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven).
The first trailer has lots of birdy repartee and sight gags as well as the usual amount of meet the parents sit-com moments. It is hard to tell whether Rio 2 is going to fly or "poop on your party" as Nigel notes in the trailer.
Rio 2 Amazonian splendor splashes on a screen near you April 11, 2014.
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