Rio 2 – The Perfect Family Adventure!
We were fortunate to see Rio the first time around and we were not disappointed. When Rio 2 came out it definitely had to be at the top of our “to be seen on school vacation” list.
Rio 2 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure-comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha. It is the sequel to the 2011 computer-animated film Rio and the studio’s first film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age franchise. The title refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the first film was set and Rio 2 begins, though most of its plot occurs instead in the Amazon rainforest.
Featuring the returning voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jake T. Austin, the film was released internationally on March 20, 2014, and on April 11, 2014, in American theaters. Rio 2 was Don Rhymer’s final film after he died on November 28, 2012.
Blu and his family take flight for the Amazon after Jewel decides their children should explore the world. Meanwhile, the overprotective father grows concerned that his family will leave him once they’ve experienced life in the wild.
Rio 2 is just as cute as the first movie. There were many laugh out loud moments for my children. It is unlike some other recent cartoon releases – there really isn’t any veiled adult humor. The movie is really geared towards children – which is totally fine by me but some critics have noted that as a negative. Blu and Jewely go to the Amazon and find more birds – thousands – just like them. In the process though they get caught in the middle of disaster while a group is trying to illegally cut down the trees in the Amazon jungle placing their sanctuary in harm’s way. Blu and Jewel’s humans happen to be in the jungle also and together, with thousands of birds, they are able to stop the illegal activity and send the men and their chainsaws packing!
This is definitely a movie that we will end up purchasing on DVD/BluRay when it is released. These are the movies that I don’t mind if my children watch them fifty times. There are no curse words, no hidden meanings and just true love for family and environment.