[[caption-width-right:350:1 out of every 8 Americans is afraid of flying. Most of them don't have feathers.]]

->''"Flying is not what you think up here, it's what you feel in here."''
-->-- '''Rafael''', teaching Blu how to fly.

''Rio'' is Creator/BlueSkyStudios' sixth film with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, originating from director Carlos Saldanha's inspiration from his native upbringing in Brazil. Released on April 15th, 2011 in the U.S., and opened as the #1 movie in its first week.

Blu is a critically endangered Spix's Macaw (referred to as a "[[CaptainErsatz Blue Macaw]]") who lives as a pet with the owner of a small bookstore in wintry, serene Minnesota. However, after a visit from a veterinarian, Blu finds out that he's one of the last of his kind, and there's a ''female'' in South America. He's sent down as part of a captive breeding program, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil quickly kidnapped along with her]] by a group of smugglers, [[ChainedHeat gets chained together with her]], then [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil they escape and go on an adventure in Rio de Janeiro]].

Oh, and he doesn't have the first clue how to fly.

You can watch the teaser and both U.S. trailers [[http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/rio/ here]]. The U.K. trailer is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zPtwe6noxc&feature=channel here]], and includes bonus footage and a "cast call".

Received a surprising single 2012 Academy Award nomination for Best Song ("Real in Rio"). A sequel, ''WesternAnimation/Rio2,'' was released on April 11, 2014.

Not to be confused with ''Anime/RioRainbowGate''.
!!''Rio'' provides examples of:

* AcrophobicBird: Literal example in Blu, due to a traumatic incident where he fell out of his nest before he was old enough to fly. It's not that he's afraid of flying, per se... he just knows full well what will happen if he falls from a great height. Well [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] later in the jungle.
-->'''Blu:''' Out here I'm just an hors d'oeuvres, a feathery spring roll!\\
'''Jewel:''' [[CaptainObvious That is why we stay in the trees, and not on the ground]].
* AdamAndEvePlot: The last male and female Spix's Macaw are brought together to mate, and end up in a wacky adventure together.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Blu, but given that he's voiced by Creator/JesseEisenberg, that's to be expected.
** His owner, Linda, [[UncattyResemblance shares many of Blu's character traits]], including this one.
** Tulio also counts as one, including his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Blu is often ridiculed by the Canadian geese for his acrophobia as well as being a domesticated bird.
* AlternateAnimalAffection: {{Averted}} with the parrots kissing each other on their beaks a lot like humans. This is actually TruthInTelevision: parrots often gently bite each others' beaks, similarly to kissing.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Many of the animal characters have their moment.
** Blu's ability to open a birdcage from the inside comes as quite a surprise to Jewel, who was trying to break out by force. When Jewel is later captured by Nigel, Blu is briefly seen ''picking a lock'' with his claws to get Jewel out of the cage.
** The marmosets know how to operate cellphones, send text messages, use digital cameras, etc. Although [[RuleOfFunny hilariously]], the text message reads, "Ooo! Ooo! Aaa! Aaa! :(|)" Which is still understood quite specifically by its recipient.
* AnalogyBackfire: Lampshaded. Rafael refers to Jewel as "the [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet to [Blu's] Romeo]]" -- then quickly follows that up acknowledging that they both die at the end.
* AnimalStereotypes: Cockatoos are smart, temperamental, bitey, very easily become neurotic and are ''loud''. They rather routinely outsmart people trying to control them in Australia, where they are often considered a pest. Imagining one as a villain is not much of a stretch ''at all''.
* AnimalTalk:
** Zig-zagged in that animals of the same species have different languages -- the Brazilian birds (like Jewel) can speak both Portuguese and English, while Blu, who was raised in the U.S.A, only speaks English. Other native Brazilian birds like Rafael, Nic and Pedro are never heard in anything but English. During one chase scene, Blu jokes about being bilingual after imitating a dog's bark to scare off a street cat. Which is ironic considering they can all talk to Luiz the bulldog. Notably, PollyWantsAMicrophone is {{averted}}: despite being raised by a human, and perfectly understanding human talk, Blu cannot talk to humans, only to other animals and a voice activated GPS unit in the sequel. [[FridgeLogic How the latter works is never addressed]].
** Subverted in one case: apparently chickens are too stupid to talk.
--->'''Nigel:''' Get out of here, you putrid poultry!
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: ''"I'm not going to let you go! We're [[MeaningfulEcho chained-to-each-other birds,]] remember?!"''
%%* AntiHero: Blu is a classical type while Jewel is the KnightInSourArmor. Both of them shed this over the course of the movie, however.
* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: At the end of the movie, Linda [[spoiler:bids Blu farewell and lets him fly off into the jungle to be with Jewel. Even if you're not factoring in natural predators and the fact that Blu is a very tame, people-oriented bird, Blu and Jewel are members of a critically endangered species, which would, logically, be high on the list for poachers.]]
* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: For all their ShownTheirWork moments, the team couldn't get everything right:
** All of the parrots and toucans in the film are only three-toed; they lack the second backward-pointing toe in the zygodactyl foot.
** The baby macaws seem conspicuously well-fledged given the (highly exaggerated) head:body ratio. This is probably just to make them [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute for all audiences]], rather than the UglyCute that only an avian enthusiast would love.
** At one point, Blu implies that he is capable of "peeing". However, birds (with the exception of some ratites) cannot "pee" as such; liquid and solid wastes are excreted from the cloaca together.
** Macaws, Conures, even non-parrot Toucans, they all have strange crest-like head feathers. Made doubly weird because the animators obviously [[ShowTheirWork knew how cockatoo crests work]]. Those head feathers were probably given to be like "hair", so the birds have more distinct appearances.
** At one point, Blu is fed hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Problem? Chocolate is poisonous to birds.
** In the opening scene, while Blu is in a nest inside a den (accurately for parrots), there's a family of yellow parrots who have a cup-shaped nest on a branch.
** The blue-and-yellow macaws have their face covered in blue and yellow feathers, when it should be naked with white skin. They also lack black feathers which line the facial skin and cover the chin.
** PlayedForLaughs in one scene: Blu shows off his sweaty "wingpit", at the same time noting that perspiration shouldn't be biologically possible.
%%* AudibleGleam: Look closely when Luiz is about to fire up his table saw.
* AutoTune: Faintly audible on Rafael's one line in the "Real in Rio" finale, indicating it was used for its original purpose -- correcting pitch. Evidently, George Lopez can't carry a tune.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Inverted. Early promo material said that the film was rated PG. Fox staff didn't want that, so they made a couple edits to get it down to G. One doesn't see too many G-rated films nowadays.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis:
** Subverted when Blu makes his attempt to smash the chain with the boulder, but played straight twice towards the end of the film when he [[spoiler:uses the fire extinguisher to "bust his cage open like a soda can", and then also uses it to dispose of Nigel.]]
** Prior to this, the trope is subverted when Blu studies flying and then attempts to do so in the library, but panics at the last moment and ends up as a macaw Christmas tree. And throughout the film, his "thrust, lift, drag, weight" mantra always ends in him having a panic attack at the last moment. Rafael says it perfectly:
--->'''Rafael:''' You ''think'' too much!
%%* AxCrazy: Nigel
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Blu and Jewel are shown with three chicks at the end of the first movie. Said chicks, now a little more grown, are given further characterization in the sequel.]]
%%* BadassBookworm: In the third act, Blu, Linda, and Tulio are [[TookALevelInBadass promoted to the rank]].
%%* BarBrawl: Well, samba club brawl.
* BasedOnATrueStory: There really ''was'' a Spix Macaw [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140629-spix-macaw-presley-rio-parrot-brazil-science/ just like Blu]]. Unfortunately, his story didn't turn out quite so happily.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Blu and Jewel during the film. The belligerence part seems to die down after their [[DanceOfRomance dance at the samba club]], though.
* BellyScrapingFlight: Linda and Tulio drive a Carnivale float onto the runway where the bird smugglers' plane is taking off. The plane gets into the air just in time, but its fuselage still destroys the upper part of the float. Later, Blu and an injured Jewel fall out of the plane over the bay, and Blu manages to get his wings out just in time to pull up -- skimming Jewel's back across the water -- before they hit the surface.
%%* BetaCouple: Linda and Tulio.
* BewareTheCuteOnes: The toucan babies, upon first meeting Blu and Jewel, act so cute and adorable that Jewel teases Blu to "be careful... they might snuggle you to death!" And then a few seconds later one of the babies starts tearing out Blu's feathers, while the other one does the same to Jewel and, well, it snowballs from there. And though he loves his family, even Rafael is not immune to this.
-->'''Rafael:''' No no no, don't turn around; they can sense fear!
%%* BigBad: [[EvilPoacher Marcel]] and [[BigBadDuumvirate Nigel]] in the first movie.
* BigNo: The ''entire city'' of Rio lets out a collective one when Nigel's impact with a power transformer blacks out the city ''right'' as their soccer team is going for the final point during a major game.
* BilingualBonus: Blink and you'll miss it, but after Tulio dresses in the macaw costume, he catches a glimpse of himself in a mirror and exclaims "Cyanopsitta spixii!" the scientific name of a Spix Macaw. For ornithologically-versed viewers, this one kind of transcends language. The word "Spix" sticks out quite clearly.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie begins in the rainforest when Blu was a baby, and ends in the rainforest [[spoiler:where Blu is now living with Jewel and their children]]. Both scenes even have the same samba being sung.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: After Blu and Jewel are freed from the chain, and he is angered when she points out it's not her fault he can't fly.
* ButtMonkey: Tiny. In the film, she is brutalized by Nigel into telling him where Blu and Jewel left.
* CallBack:
-->'''Blu:''' I'm gonna pop this cage open like a soda can!\\\
'''Blu:''' I'm not gonna let you go! We're ''chained to each other'' birds, remember?\\\
'''Linda:''' That's my big, brave boy.\\\
'''Blu:''' Not cool, man! Not cool!\\\
'''Blu:''' I'm not an ostrich! I'm not an ostrich!\\\
"I'll take care of you." (said by Linda to Blu at the beginning of the film, and by [[spoiler:Tulio to Jewel]] at the end)
* CallOfTheWildBlueYonder: Pretty much the main plot. Blu is a macaw who has spent his whole life as a pet never learning to fly. When he gets stranded in Rio, he tries to learn how, and eventually does [[spoiler:in order to save his true love from falling to her death.]]
* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: It helps that the director is Brazilian. However, a couple of stereotypes and errors did creep in:
** They go to Brazil ''just'' in time for Carnaval.
** The "missing" poster for Blu is incorrectly phrased (the word "extensão" makes no sense in that context. The correct word would be "ramal").
* CaptainErsatz: Blu and Jewel are referred to as "Blue Macaws" instead of Spix's Macaws. Somewhat justified by a common nickname for the Spix's: Little Blue Macaw (which is also the translated Portuguese name of the bird). They do manage to sneak the real name in at one point (see BilingualBonus above).
* CardCarryingVillain: Nigel, complete with a VillainSong.
* CarnivoresAreMean: Real-life cockatoos are omnivorous, and Nigel has no problem munching on a chicken leg or threatening to eat the smaller of the caged birds. There's no indication whatsoever if the heroic macaws (who are also omnivores in real life) would see canaries and red-crested cardinals as appetizers. However, in this case it's invoked, as Nigel actively uses this to frighten the other birds his owner has captured and is a CardCarryingVillain.
%%* ChainedHeat: Blu and Jewel.
* ChekhovsGun
** More of a Chekhov's Affliction with Luiz's uncontrollable drooling, [[spoiler:which lubes the cuffs and makes them slip clean (arguably) off of Blu and Jewel.]]
** Chekhov's Song: Lionel Richie's ''Say You, Say Me''.
* ChekhovsSkill: As a "[[InsistentTerminology companion]]", Blu picked up an assortment of skills such as exceptional climbing (to get around his flightlessness), the ability to open latches, riding a skateboard, and imitation of a dog's bark. These skills come in handy later on.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Tulio sure likes to imitate birds.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Jewel's wing is injured just a few moments before falling out of a plane.
* CostumePorn: Carnaval. Although the actual Carnaval is just about the same, if not [[UpToEleven even more]] [[RealityIsUnrealistic extravagant]].
* {{Crossover}}: There's a Rio-themed adaptation of ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', of all things.
%%* CuteBookworm: Linda
%%* CuteLittleFangs: The marmosets.
* DanceOfRomance: Blu and Jewel develop feelings for each other after their duet at the samba club (which culminates in the [[AlmostKiss almost kissing...]]).
%%* DancePartyEnding
* DeadpanSnarker: Blu, Jewel and Linda.
* DeathGlare:
** Tulio when he finds out who took Blu and Jewel.
** From both sides at the start of the "Birds vs Monkeys" fight.
%%* DefrostingIceQueen: Jewel
* DieOrFly: Rather literally, too, during the climax of the film. [[spoiler:Jewel's wing is injured while they escape from the smuggler's plane, and Blu has to save her.]]
%%* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Nigel.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:The marmosets mock Nigel after his comeuppance.]]
%%* DontThinkFeel: The key to Blu finally learning how to fly. (That, and [[spoiler:ThePowerOfLove]]).
%%* DownerBeginning
* TheDragon: Nigel the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo.
-->'''Nigel:''' I know I'm not a pretty birdy. ''[snap]'' [[GigglingVillain MuaHAha!]]
* DragonInChief: And Nigel turns out to be more intelligent, competent, and menacing than his master.
* DubNameChange
** In Brazil, Jewel is "Jade" to fit the MouthFlaps better. In the sequel, Charlie is "Carlitos" (the nation's name for Creator/CharlieChaplin's Tramp, making the MeaningfulName even clearer).
** In the Russian dub, Blu is called ''Golubchik'' (literally "little dove", usually used as an old-timey endearing form of address to a little kid by a much older person), and Jewel is ''Zhemchuzhinka'' ("little pearl").
** Nigel becomes "Pepillo" in Mexican Spanish, while Jewel is now "Perla".
** Nigel becomes "Hector" in French; Jewel is also "Perla".
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Blu and Jewel have to go through a lot of grief to finally have their happy ending.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Nigel intimidates a tiny bird into removing a bit of chicken lodged in his beak, just so he can try to snap the poor thing's leg off.
* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: The pickpocket marmosets. They are nefarious, but still very amusing. Though they at first refuse to work for Nigel, [[spoiler:he drops their leader from several hundred feet, only saving him when they agree to work for him.]]
* EvilBrit: Nigel the cockatoo has a British accent.
%%* EvilLaugh: Nigel has a rather annoying one.
* EvilPoacher: The BigBad, Marcel; while he's a PunchClockVillain who is only in it for the money, he specifically states that he's indifferent even if his clients intend to eat the birds. He's actually more realistic in this respect than most other examples.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Subverted where [[DragonInChief Nigel]] appears to have been shredded alive by the airplane's propellers at the end, but it's later revealed that he survived only to have lost all of his feathers in the process.
* {{Fanservice}}: All those dancers in revealing bird suits are quite eye-catching. Particularly [[SheCleansUpNicely Linda.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Nigel seems polite in his speech, but it merely adds to his horror factor.
%%* FeatheredFiend:
* FeatherFingers: Played straight with general wing gestures and Nico's use of his bottle-cap hat, although Blu, Jewel, and Nigel rely primarily on their feet when they actually need to manipulate objects. Subtle hand gestures such as pointing are also subbed in with the birds' feet -- Blu's first meeting with Jewel is a prime example of this.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Blu's anti-samba rant makes everyone cringe. Nico even breaks down crying.
* FireForgedFriends: Downplayed at first. Blu and Jewel become a lot less hostile towards each other after they escape the smugglers, but it isn't until their dance at the samba club that their conflict completely settles down and Blu and Jewel start being actual friends (who also happen to secretly be attracted to one another).
* FishOutOfWater: Blu, especially shown the first time he goes back to the jungle he was born in.
* FlashbackCut:
** Blu experiences a flashback to his early days in Rio while almost involuntarily dancing to the beat in "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)".
** As Blu [[spoiler:jumps out of the plane to grab hold of Jewel]], he remembers how he fell out of his nest.
%%* FlightOfRomance: Blu and Jewel do this at the end of the movie.
* ForeignQueasine: At the churrascaria -- flambed chicken hearts. (Yes, that is a [[ShownTheirWork Brazilian delicacy]]). Interrupted by the [[spoiler:call telling Tulio that Blu and Jewel have been kidnapped.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Nigel's VillainSong has him list some things he does just for this. He also torments and terrifies the birds his owner has captured for fun.
* FreezeFrameBonus: A snippet of the newspaper article on Nigel's fall from stardom can be read near the beginning of his song. It's basically just a HurricaneOfPuns.
* FreudianExcuse: Nigel says he's evil because his superstar life-style was taken from him by a prettier bird, making him [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of all the other "pretty birdies"]]. He takes out this bitterness by helping his owner capture attractive birds and adding to their misery and fear at every opportunity.
* FullNameUltimatum: When Blu is refusing to take his vitamins, Linda reveals that Blu is not actually his first name. [[FullNameUltimatum "Tyler Blu Gunderson!"]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Linda becomes more bouncy once she dons a macaw costume for the Carnival. It's a bit more subtle than most examples of the trope as Linda isn't especially well-endowed.
* GasCylinderRocket: Blu attaches Nigel's leg to a fire extinguisher, then sets it off, causing the cockatoo to be dragged out of the plane by the speeding canister.
* GaussianGirl: Jewel, repeatedly to Blu. It becomes a RunningGag when a point-of-view shot does the same for Tulio, [[ItMakesSenseInContext once Linda dresses as a bird]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In a G-rated movie. One of the marmosets takes a GroinAttack, and spits out a pair of ''jewels''.
** "Holy Spit!/This place is the ''spit''!", [[Film/DieHard "Yippie-ki-yay, monkey-man!"]]
** There's also Jewel performing the Heimlich on Blu. Although, it definitely doesn't look like the Heimlich.
--->'''Raphael:''' Yup, that's my boy!
** Nigel refers to himself as a "bird murderer" and also chloroforms a human.
** This interesting little exchange:
--->'''Blu:''' Oh, no, no! It's not what you think. We're just uh... chained together.\\
'''Nico:''' Hey, I'm not judging you.\\
'''Pedro:''' Keep it ''spicy!''
** This scene could count as well.
--->'''Rafael:''' Come on, amigo it's not like she's gonna bite. Will you?\\
'''Jewel:''' We'll see.
** Blu and Jewel's entire first encounter, pretty much. The movie never tries to gloss over things by suggesting a romance between the two is the end goal. Rather, the plan is for Blu to mate with Jewel as soon as possible and then go home.
%%* GigglingVillain: Nigel
* GlassSmackAndSlide: On seing Blu inside the "Blue Macaw" Library, Tulio rushes toward him but slips on the snow, and ends up with his face comically smashed against the glass. And then he slips down with the expected sound.
* GoodOldFashionedFisticuffs: At one point, a marmoset strikes several kung-fu poses, only to be swiftly taken down by Raphael's beak.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Marcel is revealed to be wearing blue boxers with yellow ducks on them when [[spoiler:he's seen parachuting to safety, his pants pulled down by the henchmen clinging to his legs.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: The camera cuts away just before [[spoiler:Nigel is sucked into the escape plane's propellers.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Nigel's VillainSong reveals that part of the reason for his cruelty towards other birds is because he's jealous of their beauty (compared to his brutish appearance). This envy comes from being replaced as the star of a TV show by a far more attractive bird.
* GroinAttack: Jewel gives one to the king of the marmosets with the chain holding her and Blu together.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:Fernando in the ending]].
%%* HappilyEverAfter
* HappilyMarried: Rafael may be a HenpeckedHusband with his domineering wife Eva, but they do clearly love each other.
* HartmanHips: Almost universal for human females in this movie.
* {{Hikikomori}}: Technically, Blu. Since he was picked up by Linda, he's almost never been outdoors, and has trouble socializing with other birds.
* HelicopterBlender: An old-timey propeller plane in this case. [[spoiler:Nigel is is apparently killed in the rotating blades, but is shown to have survived at the end, only shaved of his feathers and humiliated by his former henchmen]].
* HenpeckedHusband: Rafael the toucan, almost literally, by his Keel-Billed Toucan wife. Nonetheless he still does love her, willing to gladly sacrifice Carnaval to spend time with her.
* HeroStoleMyBike:
** Linda trades Tulio's jeep for a motorcycle (without his knowledge or permission).
** After she gets really desperate, she steals a ''Carnaval float''.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: How Nigel [[AggressiveNegotiations "negotiates"]] with the monkey leader.
* IAmSong: "Pretty Bird" serves as both this and a VillainSong for Nigel, as he explains his backstory and how delighted he is to be a villain.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Nigel particularly enjoys capturing and subduing Jewel, ''a lot''.
%%* IJustWantToBeFree: Jewel. BIG TIME.
* ImAHumanitarian: Nigel eats the meat of other birds -- [[ShownTheirWork not terribly unusual for a cockatoo]]. However, it's all squick to the mooks, terror for the smaller captured birds -- and he plays it up for all it's worth.
* InsistentTerminology:
-->'''Jewel:''' I wouldn't expect a ''pet'' to understand.\\
'''Blu:''' Did you just call me a ''pet?!'' For your information, I'm not a pet; I am a ''companion''.
* InstantSedation: That chloroform-soaked rag Nigel used to incapacitate the guard must be pretty powerful. Even sniffing the used rag for a second is enough to put both the guard and the cop he called out like a light.
* IntellectualAnimal: They can even [[AnimalTalk talk to each other (but not the human cast)]].
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Apparently, one of the perks of stardom Nigel used to enjoy was the company of female macaws.
** In a more subtle example, there's Rafael (a Toco toucan) and Eva (a keel-billed toucan.)
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: In the movie, Rio de Janeiro is preparing for the unavoidable Carnaval, though it is the right time of year for it, unlike most examples.
%%* IWasQuiteALooker: Stated by Nigel's VillainSong.
* JerkassFacade: Blu does this to drive away Jewel -- since he can't see a flightless future with her in the jungle; it's heavily implied that Blu feels he is not good enough for her. Lampshaded by Rafael who told him to make decision with his heart, not his head.
* KissingDiscretionShot: When Rafi kisses Eva, their beaks are partially hidden and the camera cuts away briefly. (Getting two characters without lips to kiss is an animation challenge even when they don't have toucan beaks.)
* LargeHam:
** Jemaine Clement as Nigel, the [[EvilIsHammy evil white cockatoo]].
** And in the Brazilian dub he is voiced by Guilherme Briggs, who is pretty much the Creator/NorioWakamoto of Brazilian voice acting.
* LastOfHisKind: Jewel and Blu are the last of their kind [[spoiler:until the end]].
* LeParkour: The marmosets' movement style is based on this, while their fighting style is based on UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}}.
* MadeOfIron:
** Nigel survives flying face first into an electrical transformer box with enough force to knock out power to most of Rio de Janeiro with only a few burnt feathers. [[spoiler:In the end, he survives being sucked into an airplane propeller, but loses nearly all his feathers in the process.]]
** Jewel and Blu qualify too -- their entire ChainedHeat scene is dotted with extremely painful-looking accidents, but aside from some snarking they don't seem to mind.
* MadnessMantra: The poor [[BreakTheCutie Military Macaw]] in the cage, spinning and repeating, "I'm a pretty bird!" (Also see the FridgeHorror entry.)
* MeaningfulEcho: "Don't worry, I'll take care of you."
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Linda.
%%* MinnesotaNice: Blu and Linda.
* AMinorKidroduction: The movie starts out with Blu as a chick getting captured by poachers. He falls off the truck carrying him, and is found by a little Linda.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: It's easy to miss the marmosets' reaction when Nigel blackmails their leader -- an image of the same scene is included during the closing credits.
* MoodWhiplash: The entire opening scene, about three times. Seriously.
* MusicalisInterruptus: There are more songs in the movie that ''are'' interrupted than are ''not.'' "Real in Rio", "Mas Que Nada", "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)", "Fly Love" and "Funky Monkey" are all interrupted, and three of those five are non-comedic examples. The sequel manages to avoid this.
* MyBelovedSmother: While he never outright states it, Tulio does imply that it was Linda's doting that caused Blu to be so introverted and never learn to fly. In reality, the blame goes to a traumatic incident that happened when he was a chick.
%%* NerdGlasses: Worn by Tulio and Linda.
%%* NerdsAreSexy: Tulio and Linda fit the bill.
* NeverSayDie: Averted, surprisingly for a G-Rated film. Jewel outright says they'll die if they can't escape the smugglers and Nigel refers to himself as a "bird murderer" in his VillainSong. Blu also says that he'd like to go five minutes without almost getting killed.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The teaser trailer (which turned out to have just sampled a sequence directly from the film) made Rafael out to be a more prominent, important role than he actually is. Also, it made audiences think Blu is ''physically'' incapable of flight, when in fact he just needs more confidence.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: You know Marcel, if you'd paid Fernando what you promised him and/or taken him in, he might not have told the good guys what you were up to.
%%* NiceHat: Nico's bottle cap hat.
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Blu does remember the song the jungle birds sang, as well as his fall from the nest from when he was little (the latter memory being the reason he doesn't know how to fly).
* NoJustNoReaction: Nigel's song number.
-->'''Blu:''' Not ''cool,'' man! Scary... but not cool!
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Nigel is seemingly killed when he ends up being hit by an airplane propeller, but turns out to still be alive at the end, only had most of his feathers sliced off in the process.]]
* NotThisOneThatOne: A group of poachers plan to smuggle exotic birds out of the country by hiding them in float for Carnival. The lead poacher leaves the float-making up to his two underlings, and when the appointed time arrives, he's pleased to spot a very well-made, bird-themed float. However, as it passes, he hears the voices of his underlings calling from the float just behind it, a very shoddy chicken-themed float.
%%* ObfuscatingDisability: Nigel
* OhCrap: Nigel gets one of these before [[spoiler:getting hit by the plane's propeller, after getting jetted out of the plane by a fire extinguisher that Blu attached to his leg.]]
* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: Pretty much played straight. Blu mating with Jewel is the only way to save the species... except for two reasons. 1. Jewel is only interested in freedom and Blu just wants to go home, and 2. The two pretty much despise each other. [[CharacterDevelopment At first, that is]].
* OppositesAttract: Blu and Jewel really couldn't be more different than each other if they tried. Blu is a rather cowardly house pet who can't fly, Jewel is a brave ActionGirl from the wild who had to be taught to run properly by Blu when they can't fly. [[spoiler:And yet they still end up happy mates.]]
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Blu is just a tad darker than Jewel, just as Tiago is darker than his sisters. This trope is the case for many exotic birds in RealLife.
* PlayingPossum: Jewel and Blu try this to escape the Smugglers early in the film. Blu makes a LargeHam out of himself about it.
* PoliceAreUseless: When trying to explain how Blu and Jewel were stolen, the guard demonstrates placing the chloroform-soaked rag over his mouth -- and promptly faints. The policeman examines it by sniffing, only to faint too.
-->'''Linda:''' [[LampshadeHanging We're]] [[SurroundedByIdiots doomed!]]
%%* ThePowerOfLove: What allows Blu to finally fly.
* RealityEnsues: When Blu (who has been told of a "dating service" with another bird) attempts to kiss Jewel she immediately brushes him off and angrily states that they just met.
* RealMenWearPink: Several tough guys, like Silvio the guard and Luiz the bulldog, love wearing silly costumes for Carnaval.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When Blu -- after proving a natural talent at samba dancing throughout the movie -- finally loses it and goes off about how much he hates samba. This leads into his HeroicBSOD and causes Nico to completely break down.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Pedro is Red (literally), Nico is Blue (metaphorically). Seen especially clearly when they're both trying to give Blu advice on how to woo Jewel.
** Also Jewel is Red (Wild) and Blu is Blue (Domesticated).
%%* RoadTripRomance
* SceneryPorn: Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding forests are ''gorgeous''. The forest and the surrounding city, really. The City is surrounded by smaller towns, pastures and farm lands. The forest seen in the movie is the Tijuca National Park, a urban park (the biggest urban park in the world) in the middle of the city.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** Toucans, red-crested cardinals, and many more exotic birds.
** Greenwing and Blue-and-Gold and Military Macaws, oh my!
** The movie makers went [[ShownTheirWork out of their way]] to depict birds native to Brazil. And let's face it, it's not like there's a pile of movies depicting marmosets or white-shouldered bats.
* SeriousBusiness: Soccer to the people of Rio. When Nigel accidentally causes a blackout the entire city gives a BigNo. Very much TruthInTelevision.
* SexyWhateverOutfit: Since this is Carnaval, some sexy outfits are to be expected. Linda puts on a sexy bird-themed outfit. Tulio's outfit could also fit this.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Linda in the Carnaval outfit. She [[NerdsAreSexy wasn't ugly at all before]], but in that outfit...
* ShipperOnDeck: Rafael, Nico and Pedro constantly try to pair Blu and Jewel, Rafael even commenting that Blu's the Romeo and Jewel's the Juliet.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/DieHard'' of all things. Twice, even: "Yippie-ki-yay, monkey-man!" [[spoiler:Nigel apparently was the star performer in ''Fly Hard'']].
** Nico throws his bottle cap as if it was a [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica mighty shield]]. It even comes back to his [[FeatherFingers wingtip]] after stunning a monkey.
** After interrogating it for Blu and Jewel's destination, Nigel hurls a small, round bird into a pile of boxes and crates. Keep in mind the crossover release of ''VideoGame/AngryBirds Rio''.
** Upon entering the bird clinic, a small round red bird with heavily dark eyes -- almost perfect for the iconic main bird of ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' -- flies across the screen, followed shortly by three smaller round blue birds all together.
** Another one to the Paulie Shore movie ''In the Army Now'', with Blu's "spider on my back" being uncannily similar to the scorpion scene, except in the jungle and done by birds with a different arachnid.
** When Tulio attempts to ride the motorcycle and fails, take a look just underneath the graffiti that says "Re!" You'll see the safe house emblem from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
** After nearly getting killed for the twelve-millionth time in the past ten minutes, Jewel saying that "I'm gonna chew through my own leg soon if this [chain] doesn't come off" brings to mind ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours''.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Jewel is an almost perfectly modeled Spix's Macaw, down to the iris color -- [[http://www.digischool.nl/en/hotpot/leesvaardigheid/3%20sterren/Spix%27s_Macaw.jpg see for yourself]]; Blu looks a touch more like a scaled down Hyacinth macaw. The Spix's Macaw is also [[TruthInTelevision now extinct in the wild, and there's an active captive breeding program to increase their numbers]].
** A few other birds (Red-Crested Cardinal, Toco Toucan) are based on birds common around Rio. The Spix's Macaw was also found around there.
** At one point, Nigel is seen eating bird meat, something real cockatoo sometimes do.
** That football match that keeps the citizens of Rio glued to their [=TVs=] is, judging by the flags shown for a second, between Brazil and Argentina -- one of the great rivalries.
* SmugSnake: Nigel is extremely fond of himself and regards everyone but his master as complete morons. (...Sometimes he's correct.)
* SomethingElseAlsoRises:
** When Tulio first sees Linda in the (surprisingly revealing) macaw costume she is wearing for the parade, fireworks start going off in the distance behind him.
** Blu's reaction to being kissed by Jewel is to extend his wings erect.
* SpitefulSpit: Jewel does this to one of the marmosets when they attack the avian samba club. Subverted after that that Blu tries to do the same too, but fails miserably.
-->'''Blu:''' ''[with drool clinging stubbornly to his beak]'' That, uh, was meant for you.
* StealthPun:
** When Marcel tells his goons to feed Nigel, they decide by playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, saying: "Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!" Then later on when deciding who should take the last parachute, the goons go "Rock, paper, scissors..." then Marcel cuts in saying: "Chute!" as he gets it for himself.
** Rafael, Nico and Pedro [[ShipperOnDeck make it their job to set the mood for Blu and Jewel]]. What are guys like that normally called? ''Wing''men.
%%* StreetUrchin: Fernando
* SurroundedByIdiots:
** Marcel is infuriated by his goons' stupidity and remarks that Nigel the cockatoo is ten times more intelligent than both of them combined. Nothing we see contradicts this assumption.
** Nigel feels this way about the marmosets [[spoiler:after the birds beat the tar out of them. So he decides to do it himself.]]
* SwissCheeseSecurity: In real life, Carnival is such as big event you can't bypass security to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambadrome_Marqu%C3%AAs_de_Sapuca%C3%AD the sambadrome]] bleachers, much less the street of the parade. And yet the villains' badly done parade car is able to run behind the real ones: the protagonists smuggling in at least had the excuse of them being able to blend with real dancers due to the costumes).
* TheTeam: Blu, at the start, is TheChick with shades of being TheSmartGuy by being able to pick locks and having nerdy intelligence. [[spoiler:He TakesALevelInBadass and upgrades to TheHero to rescue Jewel at the end.]] Jewel the ActionGirl of the movie and thus TheHero. [[spoiler:But Nigel ultimately forces her into being a BadassInDistress, and forces Blu to don TheHero mantle]]. Rafael the Toco Toucan is TheLancer. The Red-Crested Cardinal, Pedro, is TheBigGuy. Nico the canary is TheSmartGuy. He gets to strut his stuff in the [[spoiler:underground avian Samba club, and trying to play matchmaker between Blu and Jewel.]] Luiz the bulldog is the TeamPet. Carla, Bia and Tiago, in the sequel, are collectively the TagalongKid.
* TemptingFate: When Linda and Blu first arrive in Rio and see everyone dressed up in flashy costumes for Carnaval, Tulio tells her "Come tomorrow night, everyone will be dressed like that." Linda laughs and says "Not me!"
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** Pedro the cardinal and Nico the canary.
** Marcel's two incompetent goons, who also fit FatAndSkinny and SaltAndPepper.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Blu jumping out of the plane after Jewel invokes a touch of this. He doesn't appear to have any kind of plan in mind for rescuing her, and his last-minute flying abilities take them both by surprise.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Blu's badassery progresses throughout the movie.
** Linda, who goes from a timid bookstore owner to a woman willing to [[spoiler:steal a Carnaval float and [[RammingAlwaysWorks drive it into an oncoming plane]]]], and Tulio, who actively aids Linda in her exploits.
* ToothyBird: Averted. The birds are perfectly expressive with their beaks. Somewhat {{Lampshaded}}: Blu still make a point of brushing his beak. It is an important ritual for his human companion, so he does it too.
* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: [[spoiler:Fernando leaves a trail of pieces of cloth from Marcel's chicken float for Linda and Tulio to follow.]]
* TriumphantReprise: "Real in Rio", while an upbeat song about life, love and fun, is ''brutally'' [[MusicalisInterruptus cut short]] when the birds are [[DownerBeginning taken by the smugglers]]. "Real in Rio (Reprise)" is another upbeat song about life, love and fun, and this time [[spoiler:it comes with a happy ending]].
* TruthInTelevision:
** We get a few bird facts shoved in by Blu. (Also see ShownTheirWork above).
** Linda is unable to visit home on the grounds that she'd have no one to take care of Blu, and the general impression we're left with is that her life completely and utterly revolves around him. [[http://kaijutegu.tumblr.com/post/125036270043/natrashafierce-natrashafierce-whenever-my It cannot be stressed enough]] how much TruthInTelevision this invokes.
* {{Tsundere}}: Jewel seems this way at first, but it turns out to be her reaction to a stressful situation -- not her normal personality.
* TuftOfHeadFur: both macaws and toucans are designed with a crest of feathers on their head that varies in size and shape, to give the individual characters more distinct appearances. Taken to the extreme with Roberto in the sequel, whose crest makes him look like a LongHairedPrettyBoy with NonMammalianHair.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The film was based on a [[http://www.parrots.org/pdfs/press_releases/wp_spixmacaw.pdf case]] where a Spix Macaw was found as a pet in Colorado and later was introduced into a breeding program.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: It's a pretty typical CGI family comedy -- with a [[AxCrazy psychotic]], [[NightmareFuel genuinely frightening]] cockatoo as one of the villains.
* VillainousBreakdown: It's what led Nigel to being a villain in the first place. After losing his star status to a "pretty parakeet", he went bad to the point that he tortures other birds ForTheEvulz.
* VillainSong: Nigel gets one called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFj4QTjFV_w&feature=related "Pretty Bird"]]. He states he used to be rather beautiful until he got replaced and is now a CardCarryingVillain.