It's on in the Amazon
Rio 2 is a computer animated film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha, with 20th Century Fox as its distributor. It was released on March 28, 2014 in Brazil and April 11, 2014 worldwide.
The film starts with an enormous celebration going on across Rio de Janeiro. In the bird community of the city, we catch up with blue macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway), now married with three kids. They dance and sing together with their pals Raphael (George Lopez), Pedro (will.i.am), and Nico (Jamie Foxx). Blu asks Raphael where the kids are. Raphael says he left them with the bulldog Luiz (Tracy Morgan). Luiz says he left them with the little bird Tiny (Kate Micucci). The kids - Carla (Rachel Crow), Bia (Amandla Stenberg), and Tiago (Pierce Gagnon) - tied Tiny up to a bunch of fireworks. Their parents come flying in to prevent them from lighting them when Blu grabs the match and scolds them. However, he burns himself and causes the fireworks to light up. He gets Tiny out but gets himself caught, and is launched into the sky as the fireworks erupt in an epic display, for all of Rio and the birds to see.
Blu's owner Linda (Leslie Mann) and her husband/fellow bird lover Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are sailing on a boat in the jungle to bring a plump red bird back to its habitat with its family. They don't notice the waterfalls up ahead and they fall over the edge, but they're both okay. A bird flies overhead and drops its feather. Tulio grabs it and inspects it. It's the feather of a blue macaw.
News gets out that Linda and Tulio discovered more blue macaws out there. They decide to travel to the Amazon jungle to find this flock. Jewel wants to travel there as well since she feels Blu has domesticated their kids too much, and they must stay in touch with their bird nature. Nico and Pedro wanna join so they can scout for exotic talent for their little Carnival show. The only person they have so far is Raphael's wife Eva (Bebel Gilberto), who is an awful singer. Meanwhile, a sinister logging tycoon known only as Big Boss (Miguel Ferrer) gets wind of Linda and Tulio's mission, fearing they will interfere with his plans.
Blu guides himself, along with his family and friends, to the Amazon with human equipment, like a GPS. They keep getting lost until they fly together as a group. On the ground, the evil cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) is now a flightless performing bird in a market, along with Gabi the poisonous tree frog (Kristin Chenoweth) and Charlie the anteater. Nigel is forced to be a fortune telling bird, while Gabi swoons over him, helplessly in love. Nigel spots Blu and his family flying up ahead, driving him to seek revenge against the bird that cost him his flight. He causes a fiasco at the market, releasing Gabi and Charlie. He rides on Charlie's back with Gabi to chase after the birds.
Nigel, Gabi, and Charlie sneak on board a boat on their trip to catch Blu. Nigel falls asleep, and Gabi sings the song "Poisonous Love" to express her feelings for Nigel, and the fact that she can't touch him because she is poisonous. When he wakes up, they spot Blu and his family on the boat. Nigel goes to make his killing move, when Charlie gets stuck in a bottle while trying to eat some ants. He pulls it off and hits an alarm, causing a commotion on the boat that foils Nigel's plan
Big Boss also comes into the Amazon jungle to meet with his associates. He orders them to get rid of Linda and Tulio, for they are searching for macaws in an area that he plans to cut down.
Upon arriving in the jungle, Blu is snatched up by another bird, leading him and his family and friends to find the whole flock of blue macaws. They're led by Eduardo (Andy Garcia), Jewel's father. They have a tearful reunion after being separated by loggers. This caused Eduardo to have a distrust for humans. He greets Blu and his grandchildren. Also joining the party is Jewel's old childhood friend Roberto (Bruno Mars), who sings a smooth ballad to welcome Jewel back to her home, along with Jewel's Aunt Mimi (Rita Moreno). Roberto lets Blu and his family stay inside a tree that he remodeled himself. Although Blu is not comfortable with this new setting, he can see that Jewel is happy.
Eduardo decides to take Blu around the jungle in what he tells Jewel is sightseeing, when it is really a series of tests for Blu to prove his worth in the jungle. He gets hurt more than once, and appears to pale in comparison to Roberto, who always receives praise from Eduardo. They also encounter the rival tribe of scarlet macaws, led by Felipe (Philip Lawrence). They taunt and antagonize Eduardo for trying to help someone like Blu. Blu only ruffles up Eduardo's feathers by trying to utilize Linda's equipment in the wild. Eduardo orders Roberto to keep an eye on Blu, fearing he is in league with the loggers.
Elsewhere, Nico and Pedro continue their talent search with Raphael. Carla joins them, having a knack for performing and an interest in music as well. Most of the people that come to audition for the show have exceptional talent, but they keep eating each other alive...literally. However, they get a surprise visit from Nigel (in disguise), who performs with Gabi a very entertaining rendition of "I Will Survive". At the same time, Linda and Tulio are discovered by Big Boss and his men after the logger's monkeys searched for them. The villains tie Linda and Tulio together to a tree as they go off to cut more down.
Blu goes to get a Brazilian nut for Jewel, since they're her favorite. The loggers' monkeys trick Blu into flying to the scarlet macaws' territory. He tries to take the Brazilian nut, unaware that it belongs to them. He causes the scarlet macaws to challenge the blue macaws to a game that is the bird equivalent of soccer. After not letting Blu join the game, Eduardo reluctantly lets him join when he sees that most of his players are getting taken out. Although Blu appears to be skilled, he ends up scoring the winning goal for the opposite team. Eduardo berates Blu for his failure, leading Blu to feel unwanted and unneeded in this place. He argues with Jewel, who tells him to choose where he prefers to stay.
Feeling conflicted, Blu flies somewhere away from the tribe, causing Jewel to think he's abandoning them. Instead, he comes across Linda's campsite to say goodbye, knowing he belongs with Jewel in the place where she feels happy. Blu then senses that something is not right. Before he can warn the tribe he is discovered by Roberto (Who had followed him) and believes he's teaming up with the humans, and concludes Eduardo was right and calls him a "traitor." Blu asks him what he knows about humans, and he answers he knows well, and nervously gestures while talking. He says humans trap you and then feed you crackers, insinuating he has experienced this. A huge logging harvester surprises them both, Blu gets out of the way, but Roberto, upon seeing a human, freezes in the machines' path. Blu saves him in time, but he starts panicking and screaming. Blu slaps him in the face and tells him to go back and warn the tribe about the loggers. Blu meanwhile finds Linda and Tulio. Blu manages to free them from a tree before coming across the loggers and their destruction of the Jungle. Blu later returns to the tribe to hear that Jewel won't leave without him, and he rubs his beak with her's as they reunite. Blu then convinces the entire tribe that his knowledge of humans is, for once, useful to them, and together they decide to fight.
The loggers start to make their way into the deeper part of the jungle. Linda and Tulio stand in front of the bulldozers to stop them, but what makes the villains stop is seeing the entire flock of blue macaws sitting in the trees, looking very unhappy. The scarlet macaws call a truce to help save the forest, along with the other animals. Everybody swoops in to attack the loggers and frighten them away, but Big Boss shows no fear to the animals. He drives a vehicle into the forest, but Linda holds him off in a bulldozer that she commandeers. Eduardo is caught in the middle of them, but he is rescued by Tulio. Big Boss starts to set off some dynamite strapped in the trees. Blu spots them and pulls them off, with Nigel following. Blu grabs the dynamite and flies high up with them, and Nigel grabs on. The dynamite is flung into the air, and Nigel then jumps onto Blu, revealing himself to his nemesis. An explosion rings out as the dynamite blows up, throwing the birds into the trees. They fight while tied together, giving Gabi a chance to take a toothpick swabbed with her poison to shoot at Blu. She accidentally hits Nigel, who thinks he is going to die. He does an incredibly theatrical death, with Gabi swallowing a drop of her poison to be with Nigel. Bia points out that Gabi isn't poisonous, and that it's a common misconception. Overjoyed at this revelation, Gabi grabs Nigel so they can be together, to his dismay. Meanwhile, Big Boss is swallowed whole by a snake.
The jungle is saved, and Eduardo accepts Blu as part of the tribe. Nigel and Gabi are sent to Rio to be studied. Charlie ditches them. Blu decides to stay in the Amazon with Jewel and his family, but they agree to visit Rio during the summer.
The film ends with the animals putting on Nico and Pedro's Carnival show, with Carla joining in the celebration.
- Anne Hathaway as Jewel
- Jesse Eisenberg as Blu
- Jemaine Clement as Nigel
- George Lopez as Rafael
- Will.i.am as Pedro
- Jamie Foxx as Nico
- Tracy Morgan as Luiz
- Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi
- Amandla Stenberg as Bia
- Pierce Gagnon as Tiago
- Rachel Crow as Carla
- Andy García as Eduardo
- Bruno Mars as Roberto
- Rita Moreno as Mimi
- Philip Lawrence as Felipe
- Hope Levy as Female Macaws
- Leslie Mann as Linda Gunderson
- Rodrigo Santoro as Tulio Monterio
- Jake T. Austin as Fernando
- Miguel Ferrer as Big Boss
- Sergio Mendes as Carnival Barker
- Rio is the second Blue Sky Studios film to become a franchise after Ice Age.
- The second film from Blue Sky Studios, after Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (3-D version only), to have an altered version of the 20th Century Fox logo.
- Unlike the first Rio, this is the sixth Blue Sky Studios film not to have the opening credits, after the Ice Age and Epic.
- This is the third Blue Sky Studios film to not have Jason Fricchione in it, the 1st being the first Ice Age film and Robots.
- This is the second film from Blue Sky Studios not to have a soundtrack by Varèse Sarabande.
- The third Blue Sky Studios film to be rated G by the MPAA after Horton Hears a Who! and Rio.
- This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to have Carlos Saldanha, Mandela Scarpa Saldanha, and Sophia Scarpa Saldanha together as cast members, with the first being Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
- The some characters from the first film did not appear including Mauro.
- In the first film, Fernando's voice is higher.
- Jeff Garcia, who voiced Kipo and Perl respectively, had voiced a macaw that carried a warning to Roberto.
- "I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup. The 2014 World Cup takes place in Brazil, where the original Rio was set. “Fox has been talking about (it) and it looks like it’s going to happen. We’re going to have a meeting I think next week and Carlos is coming to town to tell us the story, and it looks like it’s a go."
- ―Sérgio Mendes, January 15, 2012
The first news of a sequel was revealed by Sérgio Mendes in an interview in which he said a sequel was being considered by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox after Saldanha proposed his idea of it tying into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On April 7, 2012, Deadline.com reported that Jesse Eisenberg has signed up to voice Blu once again. Sérgio Mendes will once again being creating new music for Rio 2, due to his Oscar nomination for his music in the original Rio. Saldanha revealed that no deal for a script or deals have been made with studios about the film as of yet.
According to one of the producers, the movie has entered the story board stage, with two scenes involving Blu and Jewel's children having been mapped out, revealing that two of the chicks are male and one is female and that the opening scene invovles them, with the two males being able to fly, but the female not being able to. Apparently this is due to her embarrassing herself while flying.
On November 28, 2012, Don Rhymer, the screenwriter of the first film, died after a battle with cancer.
In Brazil, Rio 2 was released on March 28, 2014. In the United States , Rio 2 was released on April 11, 2014.
- "The success of the first film was the start of a franchise."
- ―20th Century Fox spokesperson, January 27, 2012.
A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox stated that they are interested in turning Rio into a franchise due to the original's gross success and critical acclaim.
- ↑ Rio 2 (2014)
- ↑ Sérgio Mendes says Rio sequel likely
- ↑ Director Carlos Saldanha wants Rio 2 to tie into Brazil's 2014 FIFA World Cup
- ↑ Sérgio Mendes stirs up talk about Rio sequel
- ↑ Jesse Eisenberg is leaving ICM for CAA
- ↑ Sequel to Oscar-Nominated animated hit Rio in the works
- ↑ Rio sequel readying for 2014
- ↑ Sequel to 2009's Rio in the works
- ↑ Licensing Expo 2012 Reveals RIO 2, Close Looks at Superman and Jor-El’s Costumes from MAN OF STEEL, and More
- ↑ Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, RoboCop and More Licensing Expo 2012 Photos!
- ↑ 'Rio 2' premiere in Brazil in March 2014
- ↑ Fox says Rio may become a franchise due to the first film's success.
- Rio 2 at the Internet Movie Database
Rio (2011) • Rio 2 (2014) • Rio 3 (TBA)
Blu • Jewel • Rafael • Nico • Pedro • Linda • Tulío • Nigel • Luiz • Kipo • Alice and Chloe • Eva • Fernando • Marcel
"Real in Rio" • "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)" • "Telling the World" • "Let Me Take You to Rio" • "Mas que Nada" • "Pretty Bird"
Anne Hathway • Jesse Eisenberg • George Lopez • Jamie Foxx • will.i.am • Leslie Mann • Jake T. Austin • Bernando de Paula • Rodrigo Santoro •Jemaine Clement • Carlos Ponce • Wanda Sykes • Jane Lynch • Bebel Gilberto•Frank welker