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  • All CGI Is Pixar (All Other CGI Is Dreamworks): Doesn't matter if "from the makers of Ice Age" is all around the publicity.
  • Awesome Art: Possibly one of the most beautiful looking CG animated films ever made.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: An animated GIF of the beach ball bouncing off a lady's badonkadonk can be found around the net and for a lot of people it's the most memorable part of the movie.
    • Though this wound up as something of a detraction when it became the focus of one of the trailers, as many movie-goers dismissed it as the kind of "crude humor" type film Dreamworks was known to release in the mid-2000's (although Rio is done by Blue Sky Studios) and not the more adventurous film filled with Awesome Music that it turned out to be.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Nigel's Villain Song. It comes right out of nowhere, adds absolutely nothing to the story, and is never brought up again. It at least gives some Backstory for him and explains why he's evil, but this aspect is never brought up again either, probably to keep the auidience from having any sympathy for the guy when he's clearly meant to be pure evil.
  • Broken Base: Among animation fans. Some see it as one of the best animated films of 2011, others find it So Okay, It's Average, while still others find it a complete and utter Cliché Storm.
  • Cliché Storm: The film is a compilation of every trope common to kids movies in the 2000s, especially Dreamworks movies. A Last of His Kind Blue Bird played by Jesse Eisenberg whose acting and voice are a Michael Cera stand-in. This Blue Bird doesn't know how to fly and is awkward and nerdy and tries to woo a Hot-Blooded Action Girl also Last of Her Kind bird played by Anne Hathaway. A vain, egocentric, and Faux Affably Evil bird played by an actor who is not but sounds suspiciously like Tim Curry. A Happily Married Henpecked Husband Mentor Toucan played by George Lopez. An Odd Couple romance followed by a Die or Fly learning how to fly Justin Time (with the help of the Power of Love) scene are both bound to happen.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Linda, driving like a maniac behind the wheel of a massive parade float, crashes through a chain link fence onto an airport runway and plays chicken with the smuggler's twin-engine plane in a desperate attempt to stop them taking off with Blu. It almost works too.
    • And moments later, Blu has several in a row when he busts out of his cage, frees all the other captive birds, and takes out Nigel — and by accident, the plane itself — with a fire extinguisher and a bungee cord, then saves himself and Blue from certain death by flying for the first time in his life.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: DJ Dero's Batucada in the trailer is only the beginning (and is heavily sampled in the soundtrack). The first two minutes of the movie are set to a Brazilian samba.
    • Ear Worm
    • Nearly EVERY one of the songs in the movie is this.
    • Jewel's solo in "Hot Wings I Wanna Party" is one of the most beautiful parts of the entire movie.
      • And a great contrast. Blu's a natural talent at the rapid motions of street-style samba; Jewel's flowing motions evoke a much more formal, classic style of samba.
    • John Powell's score is a bit overshadowed by the songs and isn't exactly How to Train Your Dragon but it gets some moments to shine, particularly "Flying" towards the end.
    • And now the sequel has Bruno Mars featured in it! And he really gets his chance to shine with his introduction song, "Welcome Back", a sweet sounding serenade dedicated to Jewel's return to the Amazon.
    • With Kristin Chenoweth in the film, an awesome song is kind of to be expected. And she doesn't disappoint.
  • Die for Our Ship: Poor Roberto's already getting this from Jewel/Blu fans, and the sequel's not even out yet! They're also clearly ignoring the fact that Roberto is repeatedly described by official sources as being a genuinely good guy who just happens to be a bit of a show off, and while Word of God confirms that he's still carrying the torch for Jewel, no evidence has been seen to imply that he's actively trying to undermine Blu and Jewel's relationship. That being said, again, the movie's not out yet, so the fan's outcry may turn out to be justified when it does, especially considering the fact that Roberto has "a secret" of some kind.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nigel.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fanfic writers love shipping Nico and Pedro.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It's not surprising most of its box office came from overseas - even less that Rio's most profitable market outside North America was Brazil.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kristin Chenoweth is voicing Gabi the Poisonous Tree frog... Who has a bad case of Mad Love, can't touch the object of her affection without killing them, and specifically mentions pie in her song describing her current situation. Sounds like Olive finally gets a chance to understand Chuck's situation with Ned "The Pie Maker".
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Nigel, it's likely forcing a small bird to pick a piece of bird meat out of his beak just so he can try to bite its leg off. And this is in his first speaking part!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Nigel...just Nigel. His Faux Affably Evil personality does nothing to hide what a truly nasty piece of work he is...particularly if you've attracted one of his many appetites.
  • The Scrappy: Roberto is already getting this from fans, even if; or because, he's voiced by Bruno Mars.
  • Sequelitis - The sequel is not as well received as the first.
  • Squick: Any scene where Luiz the bulldog drools on the main characters. Although he has stated it was a medical condition.
  • Unfortunate Implications: A plot in the sequel is apparently Blue competing over Jewel's affection with a new guy, even though they already ended up together, and with children. It remains to be seen if it's the actual dilemma of the movie however.
    • Given the way her father is depicted, it's possible that he's trying to set her up with a "better man".
    • Wordof God states that it's mostly paranoia on Blu's part.

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