At a glance
Rio (2011) is a 3D musical, comedy-adventure animated feature from Blue Sky Studios, directed by Carlos Saldanha. Ever since he was a little boy, the director has dreamed of making a movie about his home country Brazil and with the release of Rio, that dream became a vibrant, colorful reality. This film sets in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and features Blu, the 15-years domesticated and flight-challenged Spix's Macaw who has adopted humanistic way of life.
Blu is a happily domesticated Macaw that can’t fly. His safe world is turned upside down when he and his best friend Linda discover they must travel all the way to Brazil to save his species. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life's many wonders. The carnival creates a spectacular backdrop to this heartwarming story about learning to fly by listening to the rhythm of your heart.
After reviewing and rewatching most of Blue Sky Studios films earlier this year, I would say this is the best and most awesome production from Blue Sky Studios! This is also the film that made me began to pay attention to animation studios and appreciate them several years ago, and now, despite all my busy schedules and life pursuits, I am writing about animated features and animation studios on my film blog as well as moviepilot!
Rio (2011) is beautiful, meaningful and everything nice. The storyline, music and graphics are very impressive. Not only those, the film is also witty, hilarious and fun; for instance Blu (a domesticated and modernised bird), is as modernised as we humans do, to the extend that he can't live in the wild anymore so it is funny to watch his antics and adventures in Rio. The visuals is also quite realistic and the animation is certainly stunning, human or animals, each are beautifully designed and everyone can dance! In addition to its marvelous character designs, the voice actors and actresses did a very good job as well which makes all the characters so likeable, from the villains to the main and supporting characters!
When I watch this film in theatres when it was first released, the moment the film ends, there were a mix of happiness and sadness. I remembered this fact because I wrote about this film before. I was "Happy because everyone especially Blu and Jewel have a happy ending; Sad because in real life, Spix's macaws are critically endangered or even possibly...".
I also mentioned that this was my favorite 3D film my whole life in 2011 and guess what? This still remains as a truth after 3 years! This is still one of my favorite 3D animated feature even though I've watched (and rewatched) plenty of animations these recent years!
That's how charming Rio (2011) is so you must watch if you haven't! ><
Who will like this?
This film makes a great family film and public service announcement (PSA) film about illegal bird catching/smuggling. It is effortlessly enjoyable by many and animal lovers would certainly love this as there are plenty of adorable animals aside from exotic birds such as dog and monkeys!
Also, if you want to see Brazil from an animation perspective, I guess this film works too!
Details of the movie
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Producer: Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin
Story: Carlos Saldanha, Earl Richey, Jones Todd Jones
Screenplay: Don Rhymer, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Sam Harper
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: John Powell
Studio: Blue Sky Studios
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family Musical
Running time: 96 mins
Budget: USD 90,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 484,635,760 est.