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Rio 2
A group of blue birds sitting on the head of a crocodile, that is submerged in a river
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCarlos Saldanha
Produced byBruce Anderson
John C. Donkin
Screenplay by
Story byCarlos Saldanha
Based on
  • Characters by
  • Carlos Saldanha
  • Earl Richey Jones
  • Todd Jones
Starring
Music byJohn Powell
CinematographyRenato Falcão
Edited byHarry Hitner
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 20, 2014 (2014-03-20) (International)
  • April 11, 2014 (2014-04-11) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish[1]
Budget$103 million[2]
Box office$500.1 million[3]

Rio 2 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical 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 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, with new members including Bruno Mars, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Rachel Crow, Kristin Chenoweth, Amandla Stenberg, Pierce Gagnon, and Miguel Ferrer. The film was released internationally on March 20, 2014,[4] and on April 11, 2014,[4] in American theaters. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $500 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

Spix's Macaws Blu and Jewel and their three children—Bia, Carla, and Tiago—are living happily in the city but Jewel is disappointed to see her children becoming too domesticated like their father. Meanwhile, Blu's former owner, Linda Gunderson and her ornithologist husband, Tulio are on an expedition in the Amazon and, after a fall down a waterfall, discover a quick-flying Spix's macaw that loses one of its feathers. When word gets out about this through television, Jewel believes that they should go to the Amazon to help find the blue macaws. While the kids are ecstatic, Blu is uncertain, but he is pressured into going along. Blu brings a fanny pack full of supplies, including a GPS, much to Jewel's chagrin.

Meanwhile, the leader of a group in a line of illegal logging named Big Boss, discovers Linda and Tulio's expedition to find the macaws and orders his henchmen to hunt them down to avoid disruptions to their work. Blu and his family use a boat to get to the jungle. When they arrive, they initially find nothing. However, they are eventually taken to a flock of blue macaws that are hiding in an uncharted section of the Amazon. There, they meet Jewel's stern long-lost father, Eduardo, his older sister Mimi, and Jewel's childhood friend and old flame, Roberto. Eduardo seems unimpressed with Blu, but expresses gratitude to him over bringing Jewel back home. Having lost their previous habitat to arson from the illegal loggers, Eduardo is incredibly anti-human, and angrily brushes off Blu's suggestion to expose the sanctuary to Linda and Tulio to ensure their protection. At the same time, Blu is intimidated by the suave Roberto, who quickly bonds with Blu's kids.

While searching for the macaws, Linda and Tulio are eventually captured by the loggers. Meanwhile, Blu does his best to fit in with the flock, as his family are doing, but his continued reliance on human tools prevent him from connecting with anyone. When Blu tries to pick a Brazilian nut for Jewel, he accidentally tries to get it in the territory of the Spix macaw's enemies, the scarlet macaws, led by the hostile Felipe. Blu inadvertently causes war between the two tribes for food when he accidentally swats Felipe with a branch. The war turns out to be just like football (soccer), and Blu accidentally costs the flock their territory when he scores into own goal. Blu flies off, upset over his failures despite his best intentions and efforts. Fearing that Blu will expose their location to the humans, Eduardo orders Roberto to follow Blu.

Regardless of the difficulties, Blu decides that he will leave his human roots behind him if it means building a future with his family. He visits Linda and Tulio's campsite to drop off his fanny pack, but discovers that it had been raided. Roberto accuses Blu of betraying the flock, but before Blu can defend himself, loggers storm the area. Roberto, unable to deal with real danger, panics and Blu is forced to save him from an oncoming bulldozer. Blu immediately steps up and orders Roberto to rally the flock while he goes to rescue Linda and Tulio. After doing so, Blu persuades the macaws to defend their homes instead of running away. With Blu's knowledge of human technology and help from the scarlet macaws, they're able to successfully disable the loggers' machinery. Big Boss tries to blow up the trees instead, but Blu steals the lit dynamite and takes it into the sky where it detonates harmlessly. Big Boss runs off before Linda and Tulio can stop him, but winds up getting eaten by a boa constrictor.

With the flock now under Linda and Tulio's protection, Blu and Jewel decide to live in the Amazon with their kids, though still agreeing to visit Rio in the summer. Eduardo finally drops his anti-human stance by wearing a fannypack of his own, and proudly accepts Blu into the flock.

Voice cast[edit]

Anne Hathaway at the film's screening at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, California on April 26, 2014

Production[edit]

On January 25, 2012, while speaking to the Associated Press, Sérgio Mendes who co-wrote a song for the first film spoke about the sequel, saying: "I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup. 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."[12] In April 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Jesse Eisenberg had signed up to reprise his role as Blu,[13] and Anne Hathaway had also signed on to reprise her role as Jewel.[14] In October 2012, Variety stated that Carlos Saldanha had officially signed a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox that allows him to helm live-action and/or animated films, with the sequel being part of that contractual agreement.[15]

Don Rhymer, screenplay writer of the first film, died on November 28, 2012 during the writing phase of the sequel, from head and neck cancer.[16] In January 2013, Rodrigo Santoro confirmed his return to voice ornithologist Tulio Monteiro, as well as hinting that the sequel's setting will involve the Amazon.[17] 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky unveiled the first teaser trailer at the annual Las Vegas, Nevada CinemaCon on April 18, 2013.[18] On May 14, 2013, that same trailer was released online worldwide, and attached with Epic.[19] Entertainer Bruno Mars joined the cast as Roberto after director Carlos Saldanha caught his performance on Saturday Night Live. During production, Mars offered his own personal touches that better shaped his character's physical appearance, personality, and voice.[20]

Release[edit]

Rodrigo Santoro, who voices Tulio, and the soundtrack's producer Sérgio Mendes at the film's press event.

The film was released to international theaters on March 20, 2014.[21] The film's premiere was held in Miami, Florida on March 20, 2014.[22] The film was released theatrically in the United States on April 11, 2014.[23]

Marketing[edit]

Under the supervision of 20th Century Fox—with director Carlos Saldanha and music composer John Powell—the film's natural hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil used the film as a tie-in promotion for the 2014 New Year's Eve celebration at Copacabana Beach.[24]

Three of four Angry Birds Rio episodes — all visually tied to Rio 2 — have been released.[25] The first, "Rocket Rumble", was released in December 2013,[26] the second, "High Dive", in February 2014,[27] and the third, "Blossom River", in April 2014.[28] In April 2014, Kohl's began selling Blu, Gabi, and Luiz plush toys as a part of their Kohl's Cares merchandise program.[29]

Home media[edit]

Rio 2 was released on Blu-ray (2D and 3D) and DVD on July 15, 2014.[30] The Target exclusive comes with a Blu plush toy.[31] A limited sing-along edition of the film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4, 2014.[32][33]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 46% based on reviews from 112 critics, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads: "Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger—which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic."[34] Another review aggregation website, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 49 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, which indicates mixed or average reviews.[35] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, the same grade earned by its predecessor.[36]

Mark Adams of Screen Daily said, "As a delightfully bright and breezy bit of 3D animated entertainment Rio 2 hits the sweet spot, and will no doubt be a box office hit with its blend of good-natured jungle adventure, songs and gags. The only frustrating thing is that it feels very much like a by-the-numbers sequel, lacking the verve, ebullience and left-field humour that made 2011’s Rio such a surprise hit."[37] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter said, "This rumble in the jungle adds a colorful cast of rain-forest creatures to the franchise's infectious sense of frivolity."[38] Justin Chang of Variety said, "Domestic and ecological dramas abound in this bright, noisy, overstuffed sequel to Fox's 2011 surprise hit."[39] Tom Huddleston of Time Out gave the film three out of five stars, saying "There are problems here ... but the characterisation is feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate and colourful, and it'll charm the socks off little people."[40] Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it's got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy."[41] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds."[42] Richard Corliss of Time gave the film a positive review, saying "Even when it's coarse and calculating, this is an eager entertainment machine that will keep the kids satisfied. Just don't tell them that the Rio movies are musical comedies about an avian genocide."[43]

Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News gave the film three out of five stars, saying "We're grading on a sliding scale here. But if Rio 2 is hardly Pixar quality, it's certainly better than the average animated sequel."[44] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's like the last Hobbit movie - so much time passes between side plots that you have to jog the memory when a minor character appears again. Who's that toucan again? Is he a bad guy?"[45] Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film three out of four stars, saying "An agreeable song-and-dance movie, a laugh here, a laugh there, pleasant but overly busy, for seemingly no real reason other than to throw a few more set pieces at the wall to see what sticks."[46] Jessica Herndon of the Associated Press gave the film three out of four stars, saying "With so much going on, it's a wonder this kids' movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it's worth the 3-D ticket."[47] Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to."[48] Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion."[49]

Tom Russo of The Boston Globe gave the film two out of four stars, saying "The story flows, but not always freely, thanks to its manufactured feel."[50] Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, saying "The cinematic equivalent of attack by kaleidoscope, Rio 2 sucks you in and whirls you around before spitting you out, exhausted."[51] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, saying "Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters."[52] Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor."[53] Tirdad Derakhshani of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It'll keep the kids content for a couple of hours, though it's likely to bore the grown-ups."[54] Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 (like Fox’s Ice Age series) relies on derivative plotting and slapstick visual gags, in contrast to Pixar’s more cerebral originality. Where the film excels though, in an even more pronounced way than the first film, is in the choreographed animation for the musical numbers."[55] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, saying "The musical moments, on the whole, stand out as the highlights of the film; Rio 2 becomes watchable when the flat characters shut up and sing."[56]

Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "The movie has one goal: to amuse the most children with the least amount of effort."[57] Steve Persall of the Tampa Bay Times gave the film a B+, saying "Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it."[58] Kevin McFarland of The A.V. Club gave the film a C, saying "Like the first film, Rio 2 is almost oppressively bright, bombarding the screen with flashes of saturated rainforest colors and even a bird version of soccer (timed a bit too perfectly to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil)."[59] Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, saying "It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of will.i.am as comic relief – and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle."[60] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave the film two out of five stars, saying "This jumbled sequel, which was also directed by Carlos Saldanha, loses most of what made the first film such an infectious entertainment."[61] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of five stars, saying "Though there isn't a fruit-flavored hue that isn't jammed into every single corner of screen space in Rio 2, the movie has less actual nutritional value than 10 bowls of crushed Froot Loops dust. 20th Century Fox's sequel to the already dubious 2011 film would seem far too endlessly hyperventilating and self-stimulating a way to keep kids from barreling toward a spaz attack on a Saturday afternoon."[62]

Box office[edit]

Rio 2 grossed $131,538,435 in North America, and $368,188,435 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $500,188,435, surpassing its predecessor.[3] In North America, the film earned $12 million on its opening day,[63] and opened to number two in its first weekend, with $39,327,869, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[64] In its second weekend, the film dropped to number three, grossing an additional $22,159,742.[65] In its third weekend, the film remained number three, grossing $13,881,457.[66] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $7,711,952.[67] Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment donated $100,000 to WWF to support conservation efforts in the Amazon.[68]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
British Academy Children's Awards[69] BAFTA Kids Vote – Feature Film Nominated
Annie Awards[70][71] Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Sang Jun Lee, Jason Sadler, and José Manuel Fernández Oli Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production John Hurst Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Rodrigo Perez-Castro Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Andy García as the voice of Eduardo Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards[72] Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
People's Choice Awards[73] Favorite Family Movie Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards[74] Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Carlos Saldanha, Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin, and Kirk Garfield Nominated
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Gabi – Jason Sadler, Ignacio Barrios, Drew Winey, and Diana Diriwaechter Nominated
Satellite Awards[75] Best Original Song "What is Love" – Janelle Monáe Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards[76] Hollywood Song Award Won

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Rio 2: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
GenrePop, Latin, alternative hip hop
Length39:07
LabelAtlantic
ProducerSérgio Mendes, John Powell
Blue Sky Studios film soundtrack chronology
Epic
(2013)
Rio 2: Music from the Motion Picture
(2014)
The Peanuts Movie
(2015)
Singles from Rio 2: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "What Is Love"
    Released: March 4, 2014

A soundtrack for the film was released on March 25, 2014, by Atlantic Records.[77][78] It was promoted by the single "What Is Love", performed by Janelle Monáe.[79] The Barbatuques performed the song "Beautiful Creatures" as part of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[80]

Track listing
No.TitlePerformersLength
1."What Is Love"Janelle Monáe3:31
2."Rio Rio" (featuring B.o.B)Ester Dean2:41
3."Beautiful Creatures"Barbatuques, Andy García, and Rita Moreno2:07
4."Welcome Back"Bruno Mars1:08
5."Ô Vida"Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas1:47
6."It's a Jungle Out Here" (featuring Uakti; Brazilian Version)Philip Lawrence3:59
7."Don't Go Away" (featuring Uakti)Anne Hathaway and Flavia Maia2:38
8."Batucada Familia"Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy García, and Rita Moreno2:42
9."Poisonous Love"Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement3:30
10."I Will Survive"Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth1:51
11."Bola Viva"Carlinhos Brown3:22
12."Favo De Mel"Milton Nascimento3:08
13."It's a Jungle Out Here"Philip Lawrence4:00
14."What Is Love"Janelle Monáe, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, and Carlinhos Brown2:43
Total length:39:07

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[81] 124
US Soundtracks[82] 4

An additional album featuring John Powell's original score was released on April 8, 2014 by Sony Classical.[83]

Possible sequel[edit]

Director Carlos Saldanha has kept the possibility for Rio 3 open. He has stated, "Of course, I have a lot of stories to tell, so we're [starting to] prepare for it."[84]

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