All those incredible RIO original characters are back, and new character voices are provided by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno, plus featuring the clever music of new Brazilian artists and catchy original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.
This second animated outing for the blue macaws from the magical city of Rio, is full of energy and eye candy. Blu and Jewel unexpectedly discover, that there are other members of their species located ”Deep in the Amazon”. City bird Blu (Eisenberg) is happily married to Jewel (Hathaway) and this time, they travel to the Amazon with his family and his friends (from the first RIO movie) to look for Jewel’s family, but the villainous adversary Nigel (Clement) the deranged white cockatoo, is again gleefully subversive and keen on revenge. One of my favourite scenes, is the soccer match between the Blue Macaws and the Red Macaws
Rio 2 directed by Carlos Saldanha. Character voices provided by Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth.
The colours appeared to be brighter, the animation was more complicated, the 3D was better, but intended strictly for young children, RIO 2 is entertaining with songs containing foot-tapping music, and many comedy moments, plus an interesting storyline and a pleasant ending. Whilst RIO 2 clearly lacks any charm, there are definitely much worse films, when it comes to computer-animated sequels.
Sydney Cinemas Release Date: 3 July 2014
OFLC Classification: rated G.
Running Time: 101 minutes.
Official Website: http://www.riomovies.com/