by First Mate Keira

Title: Rio
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Duration: 96 minutes
Rating: G

Summary: Meet Blu. He’s a flightless baby macaw stolen from the forests surrounding Rio de Janerio. Taken to America he’s lost in the streets by a shipping mishap and discovered by a young girl, Linda. They grow up together and neither really knows anything is missing from their lives because of their close relationship. One day an ornithologist (someone who studies birds) shows up and begs the two to come down to South America to meet Jewel, a female cerulean blue macaw. He hopes Blu and Jewel will hit it off and mate, because Blu is the last male of his species and this could mean the survival of the endangered birds. They go, but Blu (and Jewel) is stolen once more because of how valuable he is as the last of his kind and it’s up to Linda, Dr. Barbosa, Blu and Jewel to figure out how to find each other again.

Why I watched this movie:

I love animated movies and I like to see how they develop in techniques from one to the next. Plus this looked like a happy film.


  • Rio’s art directors and team recreated beautifully and in detail the flavor and feel of Rio de Janerio. They had carnivale with tons of costumes, beautifully designed floats, and color! Lots of color and movement! They showed the poorer side of the city (including the young orphan boy’s open air space on top of tin roof). They had rainforests. It was overall a very visually appealing movie.
  • The birds and their feathers were lovingly detailed. They looked like feathers, they moved like birds, and they acted like birds I thought. The opening and ending sequence with all the types of birds flying around is really choreographed and exceptional.
  • I thought Linda’s and Blu’s relationship was tender and true to the type of relationship I see with my bird owner friends. You got to love how Blu wakes Linda up in the morning. They really are best friends and two peas in a pod.
  • I loved Dr. Barbosa as a character. He reminds me of a friend from college in all the best ways. He’s kooky, a character, and fun-loving.
  • Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic as the voice actor for Blu. He really was perfect for the part and I enjoyed all his inflections.
  • The thieving monkeys!!! So funny. When I first saw them I thought they would be working for humans, but no they just like shiny things. 🙂


  • The drooling dog – ew. Gross. Gross. Gross. Haha.
  • The plot isn’t all complicated, but that’s why it’s a kid’s movie.

Buy: Rio

Rating: 5 Treasure Chests

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