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Rio 2 is a 2014 3D computer animated comedy adventure musical film directed by Carlos Saldanha. The film is the sequel of Rio and the second installment of the Rio franchise. It focuses on Blu and his family going in vacation in Amazon where they meet Jewel's father and Blu will do his best to impress him. Meanwhile Nigel is back and with his new henchmen Gabi and Charlie is chasing Blu all over the jungle to have his revenge.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jaimie Fox, Will.i.am, George Lopez and Jemaine Clement reprising their roles from the first film with Kristin Chenoweth, Andy García, Bruno Mars, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Crow and Pierce Gagnon joining them voicing new characters.

The film was released on theaters April 11, 2014 by 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

Despite the film receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was positively received by many fans and was a financial and commercial success, grossing over $500 million.

Plot

Blu and Jewel enjoy life in Rio with their 3 kids, the oldest and music-loving Carla, book smart Bia, and the youngest and mischievous Tiago. Meanwhile, Blu's former owner, Linda Gunderson and her ornithologist husband, Tulio are on an expedition in the Amazon and eventually 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 their human friends find them. While the kids are ecstatic, Blu is uncertain, but is pressured into going along. Rafael and Nico and Pedro decide to come along. Luiz attempts to follow, but fails. Blu brings a fanny pack full of supplies, one of which he uses mostly is a GPS, much to Jewel's displeasure.

Meanwhile, the leader of a group that is in a line of illegal logging named Big Boss, discovers Linda and Tulio's expedition to find the macaws and orders his minions to hunt them down to avoid disruptions to their work. Also, Blu and Jewel's old enemy, Nigel the cockatoo has survived the plane crash from the first film, but is now unable to fly and is working as a fortune teller/con artist. When he sees Blu and his family flying overhead of him, he wastes no time deciding to go after them in revenge. He enlists two minions to help him in his plans; a silent anteater named Charlie and a poison dart frog named Gabi, the latter of which is in love with Nigel. Blu and his family use a boat to get toward the jungle (with Nigel's first plan of revenge being inadvertently foiled by Charlie), and when they arrive, they find nothing in sight. However, they are eventually taken to a flock of blue macaws that are hiding in a secret paradise land. There, they meet Jewel's stern long lost father, Eduardo, his older sister Mimi, and Jewel's childhood friend, Roberto. Eduardo seems unimpressed with Blu's domesticated behavior.

While searching for the macaws, Linda and Tulio are eventually trapped by the loggers. Meanwhile, Blu does his best to fit in with the flock, as his family and friends are doing, who are against humans and all things human. Blu fails at Eduardo's survival techniques when the former takes Blu out to train him to be like one of the flock. Meanwhile, after countless attempts to get to Blu, Nigel gets his chance when he lands in an audition hosted by Rafael, Nico, Pedro, and Carla for Carnival while in disguise as a bird named Bob. 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 for food when he accidentally hits Felipe with a twig. The war turns out to be just like soccer and Blu accidentally costs the flock the food when he sends the fruit ball into his own team's goal, much to Eduardo's frustration. Blu and Jewel then have a falling out afterwards, which causes Blu to go find Linda.

Blu visits Tulio and Linda's site, where he discovers a broken CB Radio, and is discovered by Roberto (who followed Blu), who accuses him of being a traitor. Despite this, Blu saves Roberto from being run over by a tractor, and sends him to warn the flock as he saves Linda and Tulio. Blu persuades the macaws to defend their homes and they easily outmatch the loggers with help from the Scarlet Macaws and the other animals. Big Boss tries to blow up the trees as a back-up plan, but Blu steals the lit dynamite. Nigel goes after Blu and reveals himself as they are falling down when he tugs on the dynamite. After the dynamite goes off, Nigel tries attacking Blu while they hang upside down from vines. Gabi tries to help Nigel by using Charlie's tongue to slingshot a prehensile-tailed porcupine quill (which they got earlier) with her poison on it to shoot it at Blu, but it accidentally hits Nigel, who gives a Shakespearean death speech before seemingly dying. Gabi tries to commit suicide by drinking her own poison and the pair are seemingly dead. However, Bia points out that Gabi isn't poisonous at all (she was lied to by her parents that she was). Nigel tries to attack Blu and Jewel, but Gabi showers Nigel with affection against his will. Big Boss tries to escape, but is swallowed 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 and friends, though still agreeing to visit Rio in the summer. Meanwhile, Nigel and Gabi are put in a cage and taken back to Rio by Tulio to observed as the latter believes that they have "bonded", Luiz finally arrives in the Amazon after hitching a ride with Kipo, and Charlie joins the birds' party.

Cast

Animals

  • Jesse Eisenberg as Blu
  • Anne Hathaway as Jewel
  • Jemaine Clement as Nigel. In this film he wears an Elizabethian jacket to cover a bald zone on his body caused by his incident in the first film and he's now unable to fly and has a passion for Shakespeare.
  • George Lopez as Rafael.
  • Jamie Foxx as Nico
  • will.i.am as Pedro
  • Tracy Morgan as Luiz
  • Bebel Gilberto as Eva,
  • Andy García as Eduardo, a grumpy and mean old Ara Spyx that is Jewel's father and Blu's hard father in law.
  • Bruno Mars as Roberto, a stupid and egocentric Ara Spyx that is Jewel's cousin and Blu's rival in love.
  • Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi, an esuberant and loveable yet evil poison frog that is in love with Nigel which is her boss but she can't touch him as he would die.
  • Rita Moreno as Mimi, a fat and sweet Ara Spyx that is Jewel's aunt and Eduardo's sister.
  • Amandla Stenberg as Bia, an intellectual and seccent young Ara Spyx that is Blu and Jewel's daughter
  • Rachel Crow as Carla, a fat and music lover young Ara Spyx that is Blu and Jewel's daughter.
  • Pierce Gagnon as Tiago, an esuberant and delinquent young Ara Spyx that is Blu and Jewel's son.
  • Natalie Morales as News Reporter, an human woman that at the end of the film reports the victory of Linda and Tulio as well Nigel and Gabi being taken to Rio to be observed.

Humans

  • Leslie Mann as Linda Gunderson
  • Rodrigo Santoro as Tulio Montero
  • Jake T. Austin as Fernando
  • Unknown as Big Boss, an evil mafia boss that wants to destroy the Amazonia forest for business
  • Note: It's unknown if Sylvio and Mauro were return in the sequel. But they never did.

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Production

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." In April 2012, Deadline.com reported that Jesse Eisenberg had signed up to reprise his role as Blu, and Anne Hathaway had also signed on to reprise her role as Jewel. 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.

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. 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. 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky unveiled the first teaser trailer at the annual Las Vegas, Nevada CinemaCon on April 18, 2013. On May 14, 2013, that same trailer was released online worldwide, and attached with Epic. 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.

Future

Sequel

On 2014, Carlos Saldanha said in an interview that he was searching a good plot for an eventual third film.

After Disney bought Fox and the closing of Blue Sky Studios, Rio 3 will be produced by 20th Century Fox Animation (this time presumably without other studios involved) and released by Disney.

Spin-off

On October 2019, it was announced that, after Disney bought Fox, a spin-off film centering on Nico and Pedro is in production.

Release

Rio 2 was released to international theaters on March 20, 2014. The film's premiere was held in Miami, Florida on March 20, 2014.[citation needed] The film was released theatrically in the United States on April 11, 2014.

The film's theatrical release was preceded by Almost Home, a short film produced by DreamWorks Animation to promote their 2015 film Home (20th Century Fox handled distribution for DWA's films at the time of its release).

Marketing

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.

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

Home media

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

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 48% based on 115 reviews and an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical 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." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 49 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". 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.

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." 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." Justin Chang of Variety said, "Domestic and ecological dramas abound in this bright, noisy, overstuffed sequel to Fox's 2011 surprise hit." 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." 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." 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."

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." 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?" 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." 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." 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." 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."

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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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."

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." 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." 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)." 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." 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." 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."

Box office

Rio 2 grossed $131,538,435 in North America, and $367,242,682 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $498,781,117, surpassing its predecessor. In North America, the film earned $12 million on its opening day, and opened to number two in its first weekend, with $39,327,869, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In its second weekend, the film dropped to number three, grossing an additional $22,159,742. In its third weekend, the film remained number three, grossing $13,881,457. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $7,711,952. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment donated $100,000 to WWF to support conservation efforts in the Amazon.

Awards

Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kids Vote – Feature Film Nominated
Annie Awards 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[citation needed] Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards 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 Best Original Song "What is Love" – Janelle Monáe Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Song Award Won

Music

Soundtrack

Rio 2: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by

Various Artists

Released March 25, 2014
Genre Pop, Latin, alternative hip hop
Length 39:07
Label Atlantic
Producer Sérgio 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. It was promoted by the single "What Is Love", performed by Janelle Monáe. The Barbatuques performed the song "Beautiful Creatures" as part of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Performers Length
1. "What Is Love" Janelle Monáe, Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Roman Irvin Janelle Monáe 3:31
2. "Rio Rio" Ester Dean, Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., Mikkel Storleer Erikson, Tor Erik Hermansen Ester Dean featuring B.o.B 2:41
3. "Beautiful Creatures" Andre Hosoi, Renato Epstein, Taura Stinson Barbatuques, Andy García and Rita Moreno 2:07
4. "Welcome Back" Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, John Powell Bruno Mars 1:08
5. "Ô Vida" Carlinhos Brown, Powell, Sergio Mendes, Stinson Carlinhos Brown and Nina De Freitas 1:47
6. "It's a Jungle Out Here" (Brazilian Version) Lawrence, Jean Yves "Jeeve" Ducornet, Michael Diskint Philip Lawrence featuring Uakti; 3:59
7. "Don't Go Away" Flavia Maia, Stinson Anne Hathaway and Flavia Maia featuring Uakti 2:38
8. "Batucada Familia" Brown, Mendes, Powell, Siedah Garrett Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Rachel Crow, Amy Heidemann, Andy García, and Rita Moreno 2:42
9. "Poisonous Love" Brown, Powell, Randy Rogel Kristin Chenoweth and Jemaine Clement 3:30
10. "I Will Survive" Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren, Jemaine Clement, Yoni Brenner Jemaine Clement and Kristin Chenoweth 1:51
11. "Bola Viva" Brown, Powell, Mendes Carlinhos Brown 3:22
12. "Favo De Mel" Mendes, Brown, Mikael Mutti, Powell, Garrett Milton Nascimento 3:08
13. "It's a Jungle Out Here" Lawrence, Ducornet, Diskint Philip Lawrence 4:00
14. "What Is Love" Monáe, Wonder, Irvin Janelle Monáe, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, and Carlinhos Brown 2:43
Total length: 39:07

Charts

Chart (2014) Peak

position

US Billboard 200 124
US Soundtracks 4

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

Future


Possible sequel

Director Carlos Saldanha has kept the possibility for Rio 3 open. In April 2014, he stated, "Of course, I have a lot of stories to tell, so we're [starting to] prepare for it." But it 2021, it will be also cancelled this development due to the Blue Sky Studios got shutdown.

Spin off

On October 25, 2019, after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, it was announced that a spin-off that centered on Nico and Pedro is in development for Disney+.

Trivia

  • For some unknown reasons, in some posters, teasers and commercials Nigel appears with all his feathers and without his Elizabethan vest just like how he looked like in the first film.
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