Rio (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 36 mins

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In Rio de Janeiro, baby macaw, Blu, is captured by dealers and smuggled to the USA. While driving through Moose Lake, Minnesota, the truck that is transporting Blu accidentally drops Blu's box on the road. A girl, Linda, finds the bird and raises him with love. Fifteen years later, Blu is a domesticated and intelligent bird that does not fly and lives a comfortable life with bookshop owner Linda. Out of the blue, clumsy Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, visits Linda and explains that Blu is the last male of his species, and he has a female called Jewel in Rio de Janeiro. He invites Linda to bring Blu to Rio so that he and Jewel can save their species. Linda travels with Blu and Tulio to Rio de Janeiro and they leave Blu and Jewel in a large cage in the institute where Tulio works. While they are having dinner, smugglers break into the institute and steal Blu and Jewel to sell them. Linda and Tulio look everywhere for Blu, who is chained to Jewel and hidden in a slum. Meanwhile, Jewel ..

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann

Crew: Carlos Saldanha (Director), Renato Falcao (Director of Photography), John Powell (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical

Release Dates: 15 Apr 2011 (India)

Tagline: If looks could kill

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Did you know? When Nigel is recruiting the Marmosets for help, he threatens three monkeys after he tosses the main one in the sky. One monkey has his hands over his eyes, another over his ears, and another over his mouth. (See, Hear, Speak No Evil). Read More
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as Jewel
as Linda
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as Sylvio / Kipo
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as Marcel (Lead Smuggler)
as Second Waiter
as Gate Guard
as Neurotic Bird
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as Armando (Tall Smuggler)
as Boy in Gondola
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as Lead Marmoset
as Rafael
as Dr. Barbosa
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as Fernando
as Nico
as Alice (The Other Goose)
as Truck Driver
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as Tipa (Heavy Smuggler)
as Nigel
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as Tourist
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as Scaredy Bird
as Mother Bird
as Bookstore Customer / Lady Tourist
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as Green Bird
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as Aviary Intern / Waiter
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as Police Officer
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as Tulio / Soccer Announcer
as Samba School Director
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as Young Linda
as Trapped Bird / Screaming Hang Glider
as Other Hang Glider
as Luiz
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as Chloe(The Goose)
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as Pedro




Executive Producer
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Shot in 3D
If looks could kill
Drool meets cool
Love at first fight
Party fowl
This turkey can't fly
He's going to the wildest, most magical place on earth ... home.
Join the party!
1 out of every 8 Americans is afraid of flying. Most of them don't have feathers.
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Nico and Pedro are singing 'Hot Wings' at the club, in the introduction of the song, Nico can be heard saying 'My Life', but neither Nico or Pedro's lips move.

In the beginning of the movie, during the first performance of 'Real in Rio' the yellow Macaw that baby Blu looks to has three chicks. She only throws two out of the nest then flies away with the newly flying chicks, leaving the third one in the nest.

When the bird sanctuary guard rips off his clothes and begins dancing, his wrists are bare, but when he is giving his report to the police officer, he has fluffy straps around his wrists, matching the ones he has on his ankles.

When Tulio visits Linda in Minnesota, there are two blue pens or pencils on the table. When Tulio throws Blu, the two pens or pencils have disappeared.

When Blu is standing on the makeshift light runway preparing an attempt to fly, the section of wire at the end of the runway is shown draped and absent of lights, but as he runs the wire changes, it is no longer draped and has no gap in the lights.

When the smugglers parachute out of the airplane, they are over the ocean, a good distance from the island; but in the credits they are pictured floating past the funiculars going up the mountainside.

Factual Mistake
Carnival Floats in the Sambodromo Parade are not allowed to be self-propelled. In real life they are always pushed by a crew.

Factual Mistake
Linda serves Blu a cup of hot chocolate at the beginning of the film. Chocolate is toxic to Macaws.

Factual Mistake
On the runway, Marcel tells Tipa to "Pull Up!" which he does but the flaps on the plane move the wrong way, which would cause the plane to be pushed into the floor and not take off.

Factual Mistake
Standard Brazilian license plates are light gray with black letters. They are composed by three letters followed by four letters (i.e. ABC-1234) as opposed to the three letters/three numbers shown in the movie.
The film was based on a true story of a Spix's macaw named Elvis, living in the United States. His owner agreed to let Elvis join the captive breeding program to help preserve his species.

This film has been cited as a reason why Pixar cancelled a film they were making with a similar story: "Newt".

When Nigel is recruiting the Marmosets for help, he threatens three monkeys after he tosses the main one in the sky. One monkey has his hands over his eyes, another over his ears, and another over his mouth. (See, Hear, Speak No Evil).

During production, Jesse Eisenberg was still working on The Social Network (2010). To compensate for time, he agreed to provide Blu's dialogue on weekends, admitting that it diverted him away from the mindset of his nearly-joyless Social Network character.

Oreo created a special edition version of their cookies with blue icing to tie in with the release of the film.

When Blu tells Jewel to check his math to verify that his plan to break their chain will work, a patch of sand is shown where Blu has scratched in the equation "f=G (m1 x m2 / R^2)". This is the formula for calculating the gravitational attraction between two bodies and can apply both literally to the rock and chain/Earth, as well as figuratively to Blu and Jewel.

Right before Blu and Jewel's escape from the smugglers hideout it is possible to see that the soccer game on TV is a match between traditional rivals Brazil and Argentina. This plausibly explains why everybody seems to be so obsessed in following the game - especially because the movie seems to indicate that the match is being held in the Maracanã Stadium, in Rio.

The first film from Blue Sky Studios since Ice Age (2002) to have human characters.

Nico's type of bird is a canary

First Blue Sky Studios film to be a musical.

The crew visited Rio de Janeiro and also consulted with an expert on macaws at the Bronx Zoo.

The film lost out at the Academy Awards for Best Original Song to The Muppets (2011). This was the first time only 2 songs were nominated in the category instead of the usual 3 or 5. This lack of nominees in this particular category attracted widespread criticism and led to a full slate of 5 nominees the following year.

The creation of Angry Birds Rio marked the first time that an existing game was specifically adapted to accommodate the release of a film.

20th Century Fox were initially rather annoyed when the MPAA slapped the film with a PG rating for "mild off-color humor". The studio resubmitted the movie to acquire a G rating instead.

Story art reveals that Nigel had a metal or robotic talon in early versions of the story.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Rio 2 (English)