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Rio 2 (animated film)

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Rio 2: Rated “G” (1 hr. 49 min.)

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Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i Am, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

You would think that after his adventures in Rio Blu (voiced by Eisenberg), the domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, met the fiercely independent Jewel (voiced by Hathaway), and followed her to Rio de Janeiro where they settled down that all would be simply wonderful, well, as it turns out, it’s really a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in this new film, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon forest. As Blu attempts to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel (voiced by Jemaine Clement), meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law, Eduardo (voiced by Andy Garcia), as well as the very smooth Roberto (voiced by Bruno Mars), so yeah, life has a way of throwing you curveballs.

Still, Blu is determined to fit in with the tribe of new-found Blue macaws in the rainforest, only there is a new wrinkle that has been tossed into the mix with a logger (voiced by Miguel Ferrer) and his crew who arrived to clear-cut the forest. So, now not only does Blu need to fit in with the customs and practices of the tribe, but he needs to help them rid the forest of those pesky humans who have no regard for the natural habitat of the original occupants of the forest.

Well, much like the first film, this delightful animated feature has it full measure of colorful song and dance routines, silly humor, and engaging animation, all of which is successfully intermixed with “danger” and “drama” as Blu attempts to not only compete with Roberto, but measure up to Eduardo. The film is bright, colorful, and should be a delight to both children and their parents.

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Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.

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