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Western Animation: Rio 2
Enjoying the scenery: you're doing it wrong.

Released 3 years after the first movie, Rio 2 deals with Blu, Jewel, and their kids having to fly into the heart of the Amazon, after Linda and Tulio discover that there just might be a wild flock of blue macaws living there. Their search soon becomes perilous as loggers move into macaw territory. And that isn't all of the blue birds' troubles; Nigel, rendered flightless due to what Blu did to him, is out for revenge...

Carlos Saldanha returns as director. The first teaser can be found here.

Critical reaction to the movie was mixed, with some who felt it was mediocre and unnecessary, while others believing it was actually better than the original. The busy plot and flat characterization are the most common complaints, and the handling of several key conflicts has proved rather divisive, though the colorful scenery and eye-catching musical numbers make the movie worthwhile.

Here is the character sheet.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Gabi, to Nigel anyways.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gabi.
  • The Amazon: Naturally.
  • Art Shift: The Travel Montage chronicling the trip from Rio to the Amazon constantly shifts to a animation style similar to that of a pop-up book (The first portion of the end credits is also in that style).
  • Artifact Title: Rio de Janeiro only appears briefly in the first several minutes, and the rest of the film is set in the Amazon.
  • Ascended Extra: Not a singular character as much as an entire species. Red Macaws were seen in passing in the first movie, while in the sequel, a whole flock of them is featured as rivals to the Blue Macaws.
  • Badass Family: The entire tribe becomes this when they team up with Linda and Tulio against the smugglers in the final battle.
  • Based on a True Story: There really was a Spix Macaw just like Blu. Unfortunately, his story didn't turn out quite so happy.
  • Beware The Cute Ones: Bia, Carla and Tiago tie their babysitter, Tiny, to a firecracker in their first scene, fully intending to set it off.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Nigel and Big Boss
  • Break Up Make Up Scenario: Blu and Jewel have this after their argument over staying in the wild and when the latter accuses the former of being selfish.
  • Brick Joke: Luiz chases after the birds as they fly to the Amazon, seemingly giving up after a short run. He shows up in the final scene, having been given a lift all the way there by Kipo the roseate spoonbill.
    • Claira the capybara is eaten by a jaguar during her audition. During the battle against the loggers, the jaguar appears and spits out Clara, who calls her fellow animals to "Attack!"
  • Call Back: Eva sings "Real In Rio" during her Carnival audition.
    • "They left without me... again! That's messed up!"
    • Within the sequel itself, there's "Birds of blue feathers... have to stick together!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nigel.
    "We attack at the midnight hour... because it's more evil!"
  • The Cast Show Off: Bruno Mars and Kristin Chenoweth get some elaborate singing numbers as their characters.
  • Canis Latinicus: Bia's pop-up book has an anaconda listed as Anacondus Giganticus.
  • Clark Kenting: Pedro and Nico don't seem to realize the very talented cockatoo with the leaf over his face is Nigel. Rafael is at the very least suspicious.
  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise: After attacking a blue macaw he thought was Blu, Nigel ends up with a leaf mask and cape.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Big Boss, the head of the logging company that's illegally razing the rainforest.
  • Covers Always Lie: Some posters made it seem like the red macaws would be teaming up with Nigel. In the movie itself, they never actually meet.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Eduardo, and to a lesser extent, the rest of the tribe (except Mimi and Roberto) don't really accept Blu at first due to his domestication and the fact that he lived with humans. Once the loggers come in and try to destroy their homes however, they let him lead the tribe into battle and he finally earns their respect.
  • Disney Death: Played for Laughs with Nigel. Gabi accidentally fires a Poison Dart tipped with her own toxins into Nigel (She was aiming for Blu), at which point Nigel gets a dramatic death scene complete with falling into a bed of flowers and Gabi hammily proclaiming she will go with him and swallowing a drop of her poison. Blu and the other birds then arrive at the scene and clap at the fantastic performance. Bia then remarks that Gabi is not actually poisonous, but a species of frog mimicking such. The scene then becomes a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Eduardo, when coaching Blu.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Downplayed. Most of the dysfunction that the Spix Macaw family has is normal and they do love each other. Becomes less downplayed, however, as the movie progresses but they do get better by the end.
  • Enemy Mine: The scarlet macaws show up to help fight the loggers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: All three of Blu and Jewel's kids get this in their first scene:
    • Bia shows her intelligence and skill at math.
    • Carla exhibits a talent for choreography and artistic style.
    • Tiago comes off as a thrillseeker, and a little bit reckless.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The logger's mischievous monkey, as a Non-Human Sidekick.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Flesh eating piranhas that ... eat flesh."
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Big Boss gets eaten by a python/constrictor snake at the end.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The acrobatic capybaras are eaten down to the bone by piranha, and Big Boss is swallowed alive by an anaconda.
  • Fantastic Racism: Eduardo, Jewel's father, is severely opposed to anything that related to humans; he insists that all members of the flock stay out of their view, and angrily chastises Blu for using human artifacts.
    • The conflict between The Spixes and Scarlet Macaw tribes also seems to have shades of this.
  • Fish out of Water: Blu, a City Mouse in the jungle.
  • Flashback Cut: Nigel, upon seeing Blu and his family, gets a flashback to his defeat in the first movie.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the kitchen scene, brief clips from Ice Age: Continental Drift and Epic appear on the TV screen.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Luiz reveals he left the kids with Tiny.
    Luiz: She's an excellent babysitter!
    (Cut to Tiny, strapped to a firecracker)
    Tiny: I'm a terrible babysitter!
  • Going Native: Blu tries to with the Spix's macaw flock, somewhat unsuccessfully. The rest of his family has an easier time adjusting.
  • Good Parents: Blu and Jewel are shown to be loving, kind parents to their three kids.
    • Despite his aggressive behavior, Eduardo has shown to be a good dad to Jewel, and gives Blu a chance because of her.
  • Green Aesop: Protecting the rainforest is essential to protecting the Spix macaws.
  • Happily Married:
    • Blu and Jewel still bicker and bug each other from time to time, but overall, their love and commitment to one another overcomes pretty much everything that's thrown at them.
    • Linda and Tulio too.
  • Heh Heh, You Said X: Tiago has this reaction when Bia comments on a larva about to enter the pupa stage, thinking she said "poop".
  • High-Altitude Battle: Apparently, red and blue macaws like to resolve their issues through a game of air soccer.
  • Hopeless Auditionees: We are treated to a scene like this, with auditionees such as an orchestra of mosquitoes, a duo of turtles that practice capoeira, and a cute little capybara that ends up eaten by a jaguar, though comes out alive and well just in time for the climax.
  • Hungry Jungle: The jungle, as Blu sees it that is.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Tulio and Linda go over one in the opening while canoeing in the river.
  • Interspecies Romance: Gabi the frog to Nigel.
  • Irony: At the end of the first movie, Blu finally learns how to fly, while Nigel gets into an accident that, as revealed in the sequel, renders him unable to fly.
  • Just Desserts: Big Boss getting devoured by an anaconda.
  • Large Ham: Nigel, as usual.
  • Large Ham Announcer: The announcers for the aerial football match, as you might expect from them.
  • Logo Joke: The famous 20th Century Fox fanfare has a samba beat to it in the sequel.
  • Lots And Lots Of Characters: Every major character from the first movie is present, sans the three bird traders. But that is compensated, by adding a few dozens more.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The Spix's macaw is not from the Amazon (Brazilian north), but the Caatinga (Brazilian northeast), and yet Jewel comes from there and finds daddy and his tribe. And given biologists pretty much consider that macaw extinct in the wild, the fact that it's a huge flock fits Acceptable Breaks from Reality.
    • Additionally, Eduardo mentions how the human loggers have been pushing the flock further into the jungle, which may also explain it.
  • Motor Mouth: Gabi loves to gab on and on.
    • One of the auditionees is a sloth that breaks into rapid-fire bursts of rap.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Eduardo gets Blu's name wrong for most of the film, calling him "Stu", "Sue", "Lou" and "Drew".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: One would assume the main plot is Blu trying to win over Jewel's father's appreciation while having to deal with a new contender for his wife's affection. The former is touched upon, and, while Roberto makes a few passes at Jewel, the plot thread never really goes anywhere. The story is more about other things.
  • No Name Given: The corrupt head of the illegal logging operation is only referred to as "Big Boss" (no, not that "Big Boss").
  • Oral Fixation: Big Boss with a lollipop, strangely.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: During the film's climax, Nigel prevents Big Boss from attacking Blu so he can do it himself.
  • Perky Female Minion: Gabi.
  • Piranha Problem
  • Poison Dart: Nigel plans to shoot Blu with a porcupine quill tipped with poison-dart frog toxin. It turns out the frog from which he got the toxin is not actually poisonous, however.
  • Serious Business: The blue and red macaws refer to their "sky soccer" game as "war".
  • Scenery Porn: Lots of attention was paid to detailing individual plants and trees, as well as lighting of the jungle, and man, does it show!
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When Gabi discovers she's not really poisonous, she pounces on Nigel, showering him with affection. Nigel calls to Charlie for help, but Charlie just dances offscreen.
  • Seldom Seen Species: The film features capybaras, a tamandua anteater, a poison dart frog or what appears to be one, tapirs, squirrel monkeys, rheas, tamarins, hoatzins, tree porcupines, cock-of-the-rocks, Boto dolphins, and caimans.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Big Boss, who gets eaten whole by a giant serpent.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Luiz talks about "flesh-eating piranha that eat flesh."
  • Shout-Out: Nigel's leaf mask is of a similar design to the one worn by The Phantom of the Opera.
    • Charlie is a comedic silent character in a dapper hat.
    • During her Carnival audition, Eva wears a fruit hat, like Carmen Miranda.
    • One of the jungle auditionees is a monkey that swings around on a rock tied to a vine, similar to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video.
    • Clara the capybara sings "Memory" from Cats.
    • The mosquito orchestra is conducted by a mosquito with a Beethoven-esque hairstyle (Though ironically, he was conducting a Mozart song).
    • The toilet roll in Blu's fanny pack has Scrat's acorn for a pattern.
    • Nigel and Gabi's reaction to the discovery that she isn't poisonous is near identical of a similar gag in City Slickers 2.
  • The Silent Bob: Charlie.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Big Boss and the loggers don't appear in any of the trailers, making their appearance in the film something of a surprise.
  • Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: Tamandua are excellent tree climbers, using their claws to climb up. Charlie, however, seems ill at ease with it, using his tongue like a brace (similar to a lumberjack).
    • The website also calls Charlie a giant anteater.
  • Somewhere, an Ornithologist Is Crying: Tiago is shown belching and farting. Bird stomachs don't produce the bacteria that instigates flatulence.
    • Members of the red macaw tribe (made up of Scarlet and Green-winged macaws) are generally shown to be the same height as their blue counterparts. In real life, both species are around 30cm taller than the Spix's macaw.
  • Television Geography: Carlos Saldanha admitted that for the sequel, he put many parts of The Amazon that are spread apart close together for the narrative's sake.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: The auditions for Pedro and Nico's show mostly fall between humorously mediocre to disastrous. Subverted in that all the better ones show up for the Dance Party Ending.
  • Terrible Trio: Nigel is reduced to this alongside Gabi and Charlie. Blu and company don't even notice their presence until the end.
  • There Is Another: Blu's family are not the Last Of Their Kind after all; there is a whole flock of Spix's macaws in the jungle making them an Endangered Species and resolving the Adam and Eve Plot issue from the first movie.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Eduardo treats Blu with more and more contempt as the movie progresses, though he gets better towards the end.
  • Troperiffic: Just like the original.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The two major plots of the film are Big Boss' plans to raze the rainforest (which Linda and Tulio are the main focus of), and Nigel's revenge against Blu.
    • Four Lines actually. Blu's struggle to be accepted by macaw tribe, which is the main focus of much of the film, and Pedro and Nico's search for new talent. Nigel's plot intersects with the latter.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Blu complains to Pedro and Nico about the jungle setting and Jewel's thinking about moving the family there. While at the same time it cuts to Eduardo complaining to Roberto about Blu's lack of jungle prowness and being raised by humans.
  • Villain Love Song: "Poisonous Love", sung by the poisonous frog Gabi, is a literal example.
  • Villainous Breakdown: One of the few cases where this actually happens in the first movie and leads into the second. Nigel loses his feathers in Rio and ends up suffering all sorts of humiliation as well as not being able to fly again. The minute he sees Blu and Jewel again in Rio 2, he snaps and spends the entire movie going to all sorts of lengths to hunt them down.
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