Family friendly wing- ding
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.