It? been three years since Blu found his wings in the film “Rio.?As the last male of his species, Blu, along with Jewel, the last female, were the only hope of saving their kind. Three years (and three kids) later, Blu and Jewel learn they might not be the last of their kind in “Rio 2.”
Blu, Jewel, and their kids ?Bia, Carla and Tiago ?leave their domesticated life in Rio de Janeiro and head out into the Amazon rain forest to find this long-lost flock. Joining their expedition are Rafael, who is helping Blu deal with life in the Amazon, along with Nico and Pedro, who are on the lookout for new talent to feature in Carnival.
One bird is not happy with the blue parrot family: Nigel, the cockatoo. With the help of his evil sidekick, a tiny poisonous dart frog named Gabi, Nigel is determined to get the revenge on “the bluebirds of his unhappiness.”
The cast features Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway reprising their roles as Blu and Jewel. Jamie Foxx and will.i.am take up their roles as Nico and Pedro again, while George once more is the voice of the toco toucan Rafael. New additions to the cast include: Oscar nominee Andy Garcia who plays Jewel? father, Educardo; Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winner Rita Moreno, who plays Educardo? sister Mimi; Grammy-winner Bruno Mars, who plays Jewel? childhood friend, Roberto;, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, who plays Gabi.
While they were only named by their scientific name in “Rio,” Blu and the other parrots are called Spix? macaws in this film. In real life Spix? macaws are believed to be extinct in the wild, but researchers and conservationists hope that one day they?l find a wild flock of these birds in Brazil. Historically, Spix? macaws are from Bahia, Brazil, (north of Rio de Janeiro) in an area known as the Caatinga.
“Rio 2” starts April 11, 2014. For more information, visit the Rio movies website here.
Want to learn more about the first “Rio” film? Check out the interviews we did below:
Interview With “Rio?Animation Supervisor Galen Chu
Rio Takes Flight: An Interview With The Director Of “Rio”
Want a chance to win a “Rio 2” poster? Enter our giveaway here.