Fly Down to "Rio" for a Great Adventure
The film "Rio" came from an idea Saldanha had been working on for a decade, which originally involved penguins but then was changed to macaws after several other films used penguins as characters. It was a bit of a gamble, as few animated films had been set in South America, but Saldanha was determined. With his success, he finally had the chance to realize his dream, and he buckled down and handed off the successful "Ice Age" franchise to others.
|Linda and Blu.|
When he meets his intended, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu falls in love and they decide to escape together. Instead, they are captured by young boy Fernando (Jake T. Austin) and a Cockatoo, Nigel (Jermaine Clement). Nigel is determined to turn the Macaws over to smugglers, but Blu manages to get free, so he and Jewel escape into the jungle despite dragging leg chains.
|There are gorgeous beaches and jungle scenes throughout.|
|Blu and Jewel.|
|Nigl and Blu.|
|Nigel, voiced by Jermaine Clement.|
|Rafael, Blu, and Jewel.|
|"Rio" makes beautiful use of the scenery. You didn't expect a film named Rio (de Janeiro) to miss that statue, did you?|
|Blu skates through Carnival.|