Friday, 18 July 2014

“Rio 2” – clever animated musical

bird-fest carnival fun!

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Once again, Blu and Jewel fly back onto the big bird screen. This time the couple and their three bird kids end up far from home in search of Jewel’s family and other macaw friends. Blu’s former owner, Linda Gunderson and her ornithologist husband, Tulio are out in the Amazon jungle doing their work. But enemies for the bird come in both human and bird form. Blu’s nemesis includes Nigel, a cockatoo who can no longer fly due to crashing into a plane – he blames it on Blu – plots with Gabi, his poison dart frog friend – to track down Blu and poison him using the Gabi’s poison. Blu finds himself wanting to find Linda once he gets to the Amazon, and Jewel finds herself wanting to stay in the Amazon. Blu is not popular with Jewel’s father, and his love of his former owner appals other birds who view man as an enemy. But Blue eventually proves them wrong about Linda who in fact helps save the birds from bulldozer death.
The music is fabulous and the animals with their animated dancing moves makes us want to get up and fly to the bird flock to join them all.

This 3D animation is an adventure comedy directed by Carlos Saldanha. Sergio Mendes made some of the music happen along with Bruno Mars who played Roberto, Jewel’s one-time childhood boy friend, joined superbly cast characters’ voices. Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi stole the show; Jesse Eisenberg as Blu and Ann Hathaway as Jewel were joined by Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Tracy Morgan, even Rita Moreno. The film was a cast collective of all-star vocal celebrity. It is a carnival of Amazonian animation ingenuity that the entire family can enjoy.

This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.
 Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.