The makers of the "Ice Age" films take their animation skills to the tropics in the rollicking movie "Rio." The story centers on two rare birds living thousands of miles apart. But they are destined to meet in a series of wild adventures that will entertain young and old alike.
A young lady in Minnesota owns a rare blue macaw. She is persuaded by a scientist to bring him to Brazil to mate with a female of the species. Their arrival in Rio de Janeiro coincides with the riotous activities of Carnival. Everything vibrates with explosions of bright colors at every turn.
Amid the festivities, the valuable birds are kidnapped by evil animal traders. The roller-coaster chase to rescue them is the heart of the story. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway voice the birds, who grow closer as their perilous journey unfolds. Several gregarious city birds form a cadre of amusing sidekicks. They dance their way across the screen in opulent Busby Berkeley style.