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Released three years after the first movie, Rio 2 deals with Blu, Jewel, and their kids having to fly into the heart of The Amazon Rainforest, 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, while Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement,, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann, and Jamie Foxx all reprise their roles from the first film alongside new additions such as Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Andy García among many others.

Previews: Teaser 1, Teaser 2, Teaser 3, Official Trailer 1 Official Trailer 2.

Rio 2 provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Eduardo gets Blu's name wrong for most of the film, calling him "Stu", "Sue", "Lou" and "Drew".
  • Aerosol Spray Backfire: In one scene, Blu tries to get rid of a pesky fly by following its movements with blasts of bug spray. He accidentally sprays himself in the eyes when the fly goes by his face.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Jewel learns to trust humans in the first movie, in this movie, she goes back to her anti-humans ways, gently yet firmly scolding Blu and her kids for involving themselves with human objects and food. Even going as far as to go back on the plan of getting Linda and Tulio to discover the uncharted part of the Amazon they live in, no thanks to her anti-human father. She gets better in the end.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Subverted. See Disney Death.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gabi.
  • Animals Not to Scale: The Spix Macaws are shown to be the same size as the Scarlet Macaws. When in reality, the former are much smaller.
  • Ankle Drag: At the end, Gabi drags Nigel off into the jungle for "romance."
  • Artifact Title: Rio de Janeiro only appears briefly in the first several minutes, and the rest of the film is set in the Amazon.
  • Artistic License – Biology: You can technically handle poison dart frogs all you like and be perfectly fine. It's not until the poison touches a mucous membrane or an open cut that it actually takes effect. Dart frog deadliness also varies from species to species. Averted as it turns out Gabi is not poisonous and she and Nigel were assuming she was toxic to touch.
    • One scene has Tiago farting in a bird bath. Birds are unable to fart.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: Averted this time around. Whereas in the first movie, Blu and Jewel were referred to as Blue Macaws, here they're called "Blue Spix's Macaws". It implies that Spix's Macaws come in some other color, but accuracy-wise, it gets the job done.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Bickering Couple, Peaceful Couple: Despite both the main couples' loves running as deeply as can be, Linda and Tulio seem to be a lot more content with one another while Blu and Jewel still have a tendency to bicker now and then.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Nigel and Big Boss.
  • Big Little Brother: Mimi is half the height of her younger brother Eduardo's.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Bia's pop-up book has an anaconda listed as "anacondus giganticus".
  • Bland-Name Product: In a scene involving a vending machine, the Guaraná can bears a close resemblance to the largest one of that kind in Brazil.
  • 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 thinking about himself, while Blu states that no matter what he does, he can't find a way to fit in with everyone else.
  • 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 with blue feathers... have to stick together!"
  • Canis Latinicus: Bia's pop-up book has an anaconda listed as Anacondus Giganticus. For the record, anacondas belong to the genus Eunectes.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nigel.
    Nigel: We attack at the midnight hour... because it's more evil!
  • 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.
  • Clean, Pretty Childbirth: We see a still of the chicks hatching, clean and fluffy and fully feathered. Real newborn Spix macaws look like this.
  • 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 Felipe and his red macaws would be teaming up with Nigel. In the movie itself, they never actually meet. In fact, Felipe is not even an antagonist to begin with—just very fiercely protective of his territory and does not tolerate trespassers (intentional or not).
  • Creative Closing Credits: During the end credits, all the characters appear in Brazil (including Amazon jungle) in Bia’s pop-up book.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: A variant in that Blu and Jewel are already married with kids by the time of this movie, but Eduardo despises Blu anyway due to the latter having lived with humans, whom he refuses to associate with. After being rescued by Linda in the climax, he's quick to change his tune.
  • 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.
  • Disappointed in You: Eduardo's response to Blu costing the blue macaws the air soccer match by scoring an Own Goal:
    Eduardo: I shouldn't have expected more from a human's pet.
  • 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.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Eduardo gives off this vibe when coaching Blu on the way of wild macaw life, since he resents the trappings of human civilization and wants them stamped out of Blu as much as possible. This attitude changes during the climax of the film.
  • 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.
  • Eat the Camera: Inverted with the tapir announcer at one point in the Pit of Doom.
  • Ecocidal Antagonist: The illegal loggers are the movie's human antagonists, responsible for attempting mass deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, and advancing closer to where Jewel's family lives. When they encounter Linda and Tulio and realise that they're a threat to their operation, they tie them up to a tree and leave them there. The worst of them is Big Boss, their leader, an all-around Jerkass who treats his workers terribly and gets his comeuppance by the hand of nature itself as he gets Eaten Alive by an anaconda.
  • Enemy Mine: Felipe and 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 more than a little reckless.
  • 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 piranhas.
    • Big Boss is swallowed alive by an anaconda. Big Boss' death may have been even more gruesome, given how boas and pythons kill their prey. (read: slowly squeezing the air out of its lungs until it suffocates to death).
  • 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, though the latter are perfectly willing to set aside their rivalry to help save their home from illegal loggers.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Eduardo's anti-human sentiment came about because he and his flock's previous territory was burned down by a logging operation, forcing them to find a new home.
  • 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 invoke this with the Spix's macaw flock, somewhat unsuccessfully. The rest of his family has an easier time adjusting.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Blu is allowed by Eduardo to substitute for a knocked-out player at the aerial football match. He seems to impress everyone as he shows off his skills at the sport, until it turns out he accidentally scored the decisive point in his own team's net.
  • 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.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of the aerial football match, it seems Blu is finally about to score a victory and earn Eduardo's respect as he easily makes it past the red macaws to their net. It's only too late when he finds out that he scored the winning point against his team, losing the blue macaws the game and earning himself more disdain from Eduardo.
  • Hungry Jungle: The Amazon Rainforest is this from Blu's point of view, though Jewel and the kids are far more excited to visit it. Since a few of the Hopeless Auditionees for the B-plot's performance, as well as the Big Bad, are killed by the local wildlife, there may be a ring of truth to Blu's suspicions.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Tulio and Linda go over one of these in the opening while canoeing in the Amazon.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: All the new characters look quite like their VA's:
    • One can definitely see Andy García as Eduardo; the eyebrows. Same goes for Rita Moreno as Mimi.
    • Roberto doesn't look any different from Bruno Mars even sharing his trademark hair style (or should we say feather style?).
    • One can definitely see Kristen Chenoweth as a tiny poison dart frog.
  • 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 here, rendered him unable to fly.
  • Just Desserts: Big Boss getting devoured by an anaconda.
  • Literal-Minded: When a blue macaw shows some curiosity toward Blu's box of mints, Blu points out that they're meant to be eaten. The blue macaw proceeds to try and swallow the entire box, resulting in him almost choking.
  • Killer Rabbit: Bia, Carla and Tiago tie their babysitter, Tiny, to a firecracker in their first scene, fully intending to set it off.
  • 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.
  • Madness Mantra: Roberto has one of these as an artifact of his time in human captivity.
    Roberto: Polly want a cracker! POLLY WANT A CRACKER! NO! ENOUGH CRACKERS!
  • 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.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Nigel — disguised as Bob to everyone — casually walks past Blu while he's off monologuing his entry at the festival. Only Gabi sees him and tries to make Nigel turn aound, to no avail.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Gabi loves to gab on and on.
    • One of the auditionees is a sloth that breaks into rapid-fire bursts of rap.
  • Never My Fault: Nigel blames Blu for costing him his ability to fly in the previous movie, even though that wouldn't have happened if he hadn't been menacing Blu and Jewel in the first place.
  • 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").
  • Not Quite Dead: Happens again to Nigel when he's hit with a needle laced with Gabi's poisonous fluid, and Gabi drinks her own poison, until it is revealed that she's not venomous.
  • Obsession Song: Gabi, and it is very creepy...
  • 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.
  • Oral Fixation: Big Boss with a lollipop, strangely.
  • Own Goal: The Red and Blue Macaws get into a soccer-like game using nuts after Blu accidentally breaches a territory rule between the tribes and use the game to settle things. Blu joins in on the game and seems to make a winning point... until he's told he scored for the Red team's goal, losing the blue macaws the game.
  • Pec Flex: While boasting about how he built his hollow with his "strength... and brawn", Roberto wiggles his pecs (which Jewel can't help but stare at).
  • Perky Female Minion: Gabi. She is so eager to work for Nigel and follows every order with a smile.
  • Pets Versus Strays: Blu may have only recently been released into the wild by Linda, his former owner, but he still has hallmarks of being fomerly domesticated, which earns him the resentment of Jewel's family who want nothing to do with human civilization. Nothing Blu tries to make himself fit in is even remotely successful, until he manages to rally the wildlife against the logger attack, finally earning the wild macaws' approval - Eduardo in particular comes around after Linda herself saves him.
  • Piranha Problem: Piranha are first mentioned by Luiz as one of the dangers of the Amazon, and several are seen throughout the movie. In particular, the acrobatic capybaras are eaten to the bone by a shoal of them during the Hopeless Auditionees montage.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: What Nigel's been reduced to after serving as The Dragon and The Heavy in the previous film. He struggles just to keep up with Blu, who spends most of the movie unaware that he's even alive, fails to do anything to seriously hinder him or affect the plot, fails to pose a serious threat when they finally do meet, and is in the end overshadowed by the other antagonists found in the loggers, the red macaws, and the Jerkass blue macaws.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Nigel plans to shoot Blu with a porcupine quill tipped with Gabi's poison-dart frog toxin. It turns out the frog from which he got the toxin is not actually poisonous, however.
  • Product Placement: Subverted in an odd way. In the trailer for the movie, a blue macaw swallows Blu’s mints. When the macaw throws up the box of mints, they are shown to be Tic Tacs. In the finalized movie however, the scene remains intact, but the Tic Tacs are replaced with a fictional brand of mints.
  • Punctuality Is for Peasants:
    Rafael: You guys are late.
    Pedro: Clock late.
    Nico: But musician early.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In the climax, Nigel is so determined to get his revenge on Blu that he hitches a ride on a string of dynamite with a lit fuse, which Blu is attempting to carry out of harm's way. Blu, currently unaware of his identity, even asks him, "Are you crazy?"
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Felipe, the leader of the Scarlet Macaw tribe, talks like this.
    Felipe: C'mon boys, let's fly, paint the sky — before they start to cry.
  • 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.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Big Boss, who gets eaten whole by a giant anaconda.
  • Serious Business: The blue and red macaws refer to their "sky soccer" game as "war".
  • Shaped Like Itself: Luiz talks about "flesh-eating piranha that eat flesh."
  • Shoot the TV: Big Boss throws a remote into his TV after seeing a news report about the macaws.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Blu's GPS misinterprets his urge not to let him down as a request to find "Funky Town", a reference to the band Lipps Inc.'s song of the same name.
    • 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 is conducting a Mozart tune).
    • 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 II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.
  • Shown Their Work: The black jaguar has its spots faintly visible when looked closely enough.
  • The Silent Bob: Charlie doesn't speak a word in this movie, but his antics and pantomime steal the show anyway - in particular, he happens to be an excellent dancer.
  • Sinister Sweet Tooth: The head of the illegal logging operation which is destroying the Amazon is hardly ever seen without a lollipop.
  • 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.
  • Sluggish Sloths: Zigzagged with the sloth who appears a few times. She raps very quickly, but she often randomly falls asleep.
  • 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.
    • One that's Played for Laughs, but while Eduardo is training Blu he demands him to fly backwards. Blu lampshades this by pointing out that only hummingbirds can do that...and then Old Eddie flies backwards with ease.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the junior novelisation, Big Boss is scooped up by a tree harvester (piloted by Tiago) instead of being eaten by a snake.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gabi.
  • Television Geography: Carlos Saldanha admitted that for the sequel, he put many parts of The Amazon Rainforest 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.
  • This Explains So Much: Eduardo says this when he finds out Blu was a pet to a human, which explains his lack of jungle skills.
  • 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.
  • Travel Montage: The Spix's Macaw family as well as their friends Rafael, Pedro and Nico (sans Luis the bulldog) are on their way to Amazon. Footage scenes include bathing in the fountain, buying a can drink from the vending machine, riding the emus, visiting butterflies and sleeping while flying.
  • 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, with the addition of 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 Decay: Nigel's downfall in the first film must have really broken him, because he's nowhere near as threatening as before. He lost the ability to fly, no longer has any real power over anyone, is used for comedy much more often and does not have very strong motives for what he does as compared to before. Thankfully he's only a secondary villain in this movie.
  • 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, he snaps and spends the entire movie going to all sorts of lengths to hunt them down.
  • Villain Song: Nigel sings a cover of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, with the lyrics slightly altered so that it's about him seeking revenge on Blu.
  • Virtual Assistant Blunder: Blu gets a GPS to help with the family's trip to the Amazon. It doesn't help as much as he hopes, mostly due to misinterpreting his requests.
    Blu: Come on, lady. Don't let me down.
    GPS: Calculating route to "Funky Town".
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Eduardo, Jewel's father, has such disdain for Blu that he never gets his name right until the big showdown against the loggers. Blu is so overwhelmed he almost forgets the fight.


Nigel's Fortune

After Nigel escape a market in Manaus with Gabi and Charlie, it's revealed that the fortune he refused to give to an obnoxious kid earlier says this, ''A Good Time To Finish Old Tasks'' which references how Nigel wants to get revenge on his old enemy, Blu for apparently making him flightless.

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