Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda.
|Release Date||:||April 3, 2011|
|Genres||:||Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family|
|Production Company||:||Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Don Rhymer, Carlos Saldanha, Earl Richey Jones, Todd Jones, Joshua Sternin, Jennifer Ventimilia, Sam Harper, Carlos Zapater|
|Casts||:||Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Will.i.am, Wanda Sykes, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Jemaine Clement, Jake T. Austin, Tracy Morgan, Carlos Ponce|
|Plot Keywords||:||brazil, pet, bird, musical, adventure, canary, jungle, samba, city, animal, duringcreditsstinger, rio 1, río 1|
A film clearly made for 3D (I saw it in 2D) and so the animation is very well done with pin sharp images. I can't say the film was groundbreaking at all, but I guess the filmmakers were happy enough as I see a sequel is already in the pipeline.
Although I found it a little formulaic and a tad too predictable I found I did engage with the characters eventually. To be honest, I found the human characters more interesting than the animals. The songs were not to my taste, but I will say they fitted the mood of the piece pretty well. I guess at the end of the day the film will be entertaining enough for the younger audience but I can't see it being stuck in the DVD player too many times.
My score: 6.4/10
IMDb Score: 7.0/10 (based on 58,702 votes at the time of going to press).
MetaScore: 63/100: (Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com at the time of going to press).
Rotten Tomatoes 'Tomatometer' Score: 72/100 (based on 141 reviews counted at the time of going to press).
Rotten Tomatoes 'Audience' Score: 72/100 'Liked It' (based on 73,872 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).
You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.