Fam­ily friendly wing- ding

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DVDs -

CUTE, un­com­pli­cated and vi­brantly ren­dered, Blue Sky Stu­dios’ Rio will cer­tainly ap­peal to its tar­get kid­die de­mo­graphic. But re­ally any­one who en­joys their an­i­mated fea­tures colour­ful with an up­beat tempo will have a good time with it. It fol­lows Blu ( voiced by Jesse Eisen­berg), a rare blue macaw that has been do­mes­ti­cated in the US but is taken back to Rio by an or­nithol­o­gist in the hope that he will ‘‘ hit it off’’ with feisty fe­male Jewel ( Anne Hath­away). But the two are far from birds of a feather per­son­al­ity wise and be­fore they can turn into love birds, they are pinched by smug­glers. This forces them to band to­gether to find a way to free­dom. It’s a lit­tle light in the story depart­ment, but the an­i­ma­tion is ex­cel­lent and it works as breezy mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and as a love let­ter to that rhyth­mic South Amer­i­can city. Ex­tras ( BD): ★★★ You can ex­plore the real Rio, with facts, footage and pho­tos of the beaches, city and jun­gle, plus there are fea­turettes on the voice tal­ent and mu­sic vids, and in­ter­ac­tive busi­ness which lets you samba with your favourite char­ac­ters, watch your favourite mu­si­cal numbers

and make a post­card.

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