Flying down to Rio

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Rio 3D (U)

Director: Carlos Saldanha.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Carlos Ponce.

Running time: 95 mins.

CARLOS Saldanha, director of the phenomenally successful Ice Age films, ventures to sunnier climes for this joyous computer-animated romantic comedy.

Blu (Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw who lives in relative luxury in the sleepy community of Moose Lake, Minnesota.

The bird doesn’t want for anything, his hot chocolate made to perfection with six mini marshmallows by his doting owner and best friend Linda (Mann).

Brazilian conservationist Tulio (Santoro) arrives in Moose Lake to ask Linda to bring Blu to Rio de Janeiro, so the rare bird can mate with the only known female blue macaw, Jewel (Hathaway).

Eventually, Linda agrees and she and Blu head to South America, which is in the grip of carnival season.

No sooner has Blu met Jewel than the birds are kidnapped by greedy animal smugglers led by the nefarious Marcel (Ponce).

While Blu is a scaredy cat, resigned to his fate, Jewel orchestrates a daring escape bid, evading the clutches of the smuggler’s feathered sidekick, a conniving cockatoo called Nigel (Clement).

However, since Blu is unable to fly, the macaws have limited escape options and as Nigel and the smugglers give chase, Blu and Jewel must rely on the help of a Toucan called Rafael (Lopez) and wise-cracking city birds Pedro (Will.i.am) and Nico (Foxx) to find their way back to Linda and Tulio.

Rating: HHHII