Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbours, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.
He's villainous, she's venomous. She's exotic, he's chaotic. Fresh In Here. We Are Going 2 Rio! Hot, Cozy Sun! Back to the Party Let's Samba! Happy 2 Year! 2014 Christmas Is Now Here There's No Halloween, Like Halloween Happy Valentine's Day from Rio 2! No Turkeys Can't Held, But They Can't Hide
Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and composer John Powell, who created the music for the first movie, came back for the sequel and this time around, they are exploring Brazilian rhythms even deeper.
Ever since he developed the story, Saldanha wanted to continue it for the sequel, and his vision has manifested into reality with this movie. Growing up in Brazil, he had seen and encountered many stories that he wished to add into the first movie itself, but couldn't do so.
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.Am, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro and Tracy Morgan have all returned to voice their characters again.
The sequel has added Andy Garcia, as Jewel’s father, Rita Morena, as Jewel’s aunt, singer Bruno Mars, as Jewel’s old friend Roberto, and Kristin Chenoweth, as Nigel’s sidekick Gabi.
When Roberto was originally envisioned as the character who could steal Jewel’s heart, it was as a tough guy with a deep voice who was a classic hunk. Once Bruno Mars was cast, they changed the role to highlight who he is and what he does best, even including his singing. Even though Andy Garcia was not hired for his own musical talents, they ended up making use of those abilities through ad-lib.
Supporting characters Rafael, Nico and Pedro prepared for Carnivale by trying to find fresh, new talent, so they are holding auditions. They find untamed and untapped talent in the Amazon, but also unknowingly cross paths with Nigel.
Singer Janelle Monáe wrote a fun opening number for the movie, for the big New Years celebration in Rio. And the Brazilian band Barbatuques wrote and performed a song that utilizes their body percussion.
Blu and Jewel now have three kids – Carla, voiced by Rachel Crow (former The X-Factor contestant); Bia, voiced by Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games); and Tiago, voiced by Pierce Gagnon (Looper) – and are trying to figure out the best way to raise them.
The sequel was full of beautiful, vibrant colors and great percussive beats that really give the vibe of Brazil. Kicking off the film with a New Years celebration, at the peak of the summer in Rio, when it’s 110 degrees out and millions of people party on the beaches, it quickly became apparent that this is a movie about being hopeful and looking forward to the future. With the jungle elements and all of the birds flying around and performing in big musical numbers, the 3D surely enhanced this viewing experience.
There are roughly 142 Spix's Macaws that make up the giant "2" of the U.S. teaser poster. The number of Spix's Macaws within that formation seems to loosely follow the real-life population of Spix's Macaws left in existence (most of which are kept in captivity).
This marks the first Blue Sky Studios film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age film franchise.
Don Rhymer's last film as writer before his tragic passing.
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