Blue Sky Studios (“Ice Age” film franchise) introduces “Rio 2” which will open in U.S. theatres on April 11, 2014. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway will return to voice Blu and Jewel, the two exotic blue macaws from 2011’s animated musical adventure-comedy film “Rio.” Here’s a short synopsis from Movie News Guide (MNG).
“Rio 2” is directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by the late Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner.
Other cast members Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx and will.i.am.
“Rio 2” Synopsis:
The story follows the event after two exotic birds named Blu and Jewel, escaped from getting smuggled by the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo named Nigel (Jemaine Clement). With the help of Jewel’s owner Linda (Leslie Mann), they successfully went to the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in order to save their endangered race.
Now, they have three little birds of their own and they wanted to take them to their natural habitat in the Amazon rainforest. Linda and their hunky Tullo found out about a secret tribe in the rainforest called Spix’s Macaws. Blu is in for a wild ride in “Rio 2” as Nigel returned to take his revenge on them with his new sidekick, Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), a poison dart frog who is in love with her partner in crime. He will also have the chance to meet Jewel’s long lost father and his father-in-law, Eduardo (Andy Garcia), who is also a member of the tribe.
The film also introduces the lovely little birdies of Blu and Jewel which include the musically-inclined Carla (Rachel Crow), brainy Bia (Amandla Stenberg) and their only son, Tiago (Pierce Gagnon).
In an interview with USA Today, “Rio 2” director Carlos Saldanha said that feathers are about to get ruffled as several characters from Jewel’s past will challenge Blu to earn their trust. Aside from a “terror” father-in-law in Eduardo, he will also meet her ex-boyfriend, Roberto, who is voiced by Grammy winner Bruno Mars.
Meanwhile, Kristine Chenoweth told USA Today that her character in not all bad. Because she is in love with Clement’s animated character, the misunderstood little frog is willing to be his sidekick, even if it’s against her nature.
A “Rio” movie will not be complete without singing a few notes from its cast members. In 2011, their “Real in Rio” song was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, before it lost to “The Muppets” song “Man or Muppet.”
According to Chenoweth, viewers need to watch out for Gabi and Nigel’s “magical” duet. She insists that it is the best “heartbreak” song by a poisonous frog ever.
Variety had the chance to interview Saldanha at the after-party premiere of “Rio 2″ in New York on March 30, 2014.
Saldanha confessed that “Rio” 1 and 2 screenwriter Don Rhymer was there to celebrate with them. Rhymer passed away at the age of 51 due to cancer in 2012. Before he died, he was known for his works in “Big Momma’s House,” “The Santa Clause 2” and “Rio.”
“His stamp is everywhere in the movie. He was until the last minute working on it. He was awesome,” Saldanha told Variety.
As of this writing, it was reported that 96 % or 51, 377 of Rotten Tomatoes users are excited to see the sequel of the animated movie “Rio.”
“Rio 2” hits U.S. theatres on April 11, 2014. For more news about upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).