Animator Carlos Saldanha is all heart: From the Ice Age series, which this Brazilian codirected, through his new Rio franchise, every movie he makes is stuffed with warmth, charm and simple but effective lessons about family, responsibility and friendship. Sure, they can tip over into sentimentality—there’s a lullaby scene in this new one that’ll have cynics reaching for barf bags—but there’s no denying his integrity.
Rio 2 finds our avian hero, Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), living happily with his wife and chicks in Rio de Janeiro. But when an entire flock of their rare species, the Spix’s macaw, is discovered deep in the Amazon, Blu and his brood swoop off to investigate. There are problems with the film: The middle hour runs perilously close to the story of Meet the Parents, and a subplot involving a talent show feels a touch calculated, even for a kids flick. But the characterizations are feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate. It’ll charm the socks off the little ones.
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|Release date:||Friday April 11 2014|
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Carlos Saldanha, Don Rhymer|