Rio 3D

Out Now On-Demand

3D animated family flick - from the makers of Ice Age and Horton Hears A Who - about a nerdy macaw bird from small-town Minnesota, named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network), who takes off on an adventure to the rainforests of Rio de Janeiro.

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) thinks he is the last of his kind. So when he discovers there's another - and that she's a she - he breaks out of his cage and heads to Brazil to find her. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). Also features the voice talents of Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Jamie Foxx.

School holidays have nearly arrived and this will be the film to see. In the past we’ve had animated movies about fish, cars, robots – now computer animation has tackled our feathered friends. That’s right; birds, those creepy, beady-eyed creatures (even McDonald’s Birdie never quite worked, and that’s counting Grimace) are much cuter in Rio, with big anthropomorphised faces and movements.

Blu, a rare blue macaw voiced by The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, finds himself a fish out of water in the vibrant and festive town of Rio de Janiero. The movie, just like the place, is colourful and jubilant. The setting is great, taking us through sparkling carnivals, ramshackle favelas and leafy jungles. There’s a sizeable host of characters (possibly a few too many) of parrots, bulldogs, monkeys and more.

If I had a gripe, it’s that the story (from the writer of the Big Momma’s House franchise) is a little ordinary, never taking flight and feeling quite laboured. The movie isn’t hugely funny either, though not for lack of trying. A highlight was the villainous cockatoo, voiced by Jemaine Clement, performing a very Conchordsian musical number. Rio might be conventional fare but it’s fun for the school-aged.

Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

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Rio hasn't got the wit or charm of Ice Age, though it is probably at least the equal of one of that great film's lesser sequels.

Empire (UK)

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Okay, so it's not exactly a groundbreaking advance from the team behind "Ice Age," but with its kaleidoscope of colour and heaps of humour, you'll be charmed.

Hollywood Reporter

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Voice work across the board is top-notch, with the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Jamie Foxx adding sass to their smooth-talking bird buddies, and comic George Lopez solid as a party-loving toucan named Rafael.

New York Times

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This animated feature effort is a significant step forward from the studio's "Ice Age" films, in the richness of its cast, the exuberance of its music and the vibrance of its palette.

TVNZ (Darren Bevan)

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With a story which is sweet but not cloying, Rio manages to move and amuse in equal measures.

Variety (USA)

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Like its flight-challenged parrot protagonist, Rio takes a while to get off the ground but manages to soar by the end.
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Kian

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Looks ok

Looks pretty good. not gonna be as good as sucker punch. ( which was awesome, go see it. ) I'll give it a try though! :)