Jesse Eisenberg voices the main character of Blu, a macaw taken from the jungles of
Brazil as a baby and who is now the pet of a woman named Linda living in (voice of Leslie Mann). She finds out that Blu’s species is in danger of dying out and a scientist named Tulio (voice of Rodrigo Santoro) is looking for a male to pair up with his female macaw Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway). Needless to say, while one love connection is trying to be made, a second one also starts. Minnesota
Things aren’t looking so good at first for Blu because Jewel hates him. She pretty much scares the crap out of him, so he’s not exactly looking to start a relationship with her, either. Blu is basically a pre-Social Network, neurotic Jesse Eisenberg character – who happens to be a bird. Eisenberg actually came in to do the voice work for
Rio on the weekends, while working on The Social Network (2010) during the week.
Through a series of misadventures Blu and Jewel end up in the wilds of the jungle and the streets of
. Smugglers want to capture the birds for rich collectors and they have to stay on the run to keep ahead of them. By the way, that’s literally “on the run” because Blu never learned how to fly. Things are even crazier because the entire city is preparing for Carnivale. Characters that Blu and Jewel meet are voiced by Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Thomas F. Wilson, George Rio de Janeiro Friedlander, and Tracy Morgan. Lopez, Judah
In the meantime, Linda and Tulio are also searching for their birds and they get caught up in a Carnivale parade. Both are socially awkward and this forces them to loosen up some, especially around the opposite sex.
The animation in the film is very good, and the four main characters of Blu, Jewel, Linda, and Tulio are interesting. Some of the supporting characters are a little annoying, but again, this is aimed more at kids than adults. If you are still a kid at heart, then I recommend you give this film a try.
Chip’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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