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Rio 2
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by Bruce Anderson
John C. Donkin
Written by Don Rhymer
Carlos Saldanha
Carlos Kotkin
Jenny Bicks
Yoni Brenner
Screenplay by
Story by Carlos Saldanha
Narrated by
Voices Jesse Eisenberg
Anne Hathaway
Rodrigo Santoro
Leslie Mann
George Lopez
Jamie Foxx
Jemaine Clement
Jake T. Austin
Tracy Morgan
Bebel Gilberto
Andy García
Bruno Mars
Kristin Chenoweth
Rita Moreno
Amandla Stenberg
Rachel Crow
Pierce Gagnon
Natalie Morales
Janelle Monáe
Miriam Wallen
Philip Lawrence
Jeffrey Garcia
Jason Harris
Music John Powell
Songs Sérgio Mendes
Cinematography Renato Falcão
Editing Harry Hitner
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
Release date(s) March 20, 2014 (Russia)
March 27, 2014 (Brazil)
April 4, 2014 (UK)
April 11, 2014 (Worldwide)
April 17, 2014 (Hong Kong)
Running time 101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $103 million[2]
Gross $500,188,435[3]
MPAA Rating G
Preceded by Rio (2011)
Followed by Rio 3 (TBA)
IMDb profile

Rio 2 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure-comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and directed by Carlos Saldanha. It is the sequel to Rio and the studio's first film to have a sequel outside of their existing Ice Age franchise. The title refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the first film was set and Rio 2 begins, though most of its plot occurs instead in the Amazon rainforest.

The film features the returning voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway,, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, and Jake T. Austin. The film was released worldwide on April 11, 2014,[4] following the film's release in Russia on March 20, 2014,[4] its premiere in Brazil on March 27, 2014, and its U.K. release on April 4, 2014. Rio 2 was Don Rhymer's final film after he died on November 28, 2012, due to neck cancer. The film received mixed reviews, but was a box office success, earning over $500 million.


Following about 4 years after the first film, Blu and Jewel enjoy life in Rio with their three children: the oldest and music-loving Carla, intelligent and energetic Bia, and the youngest and mischievous Tiago. Meanwhile, Blu's former owner Linda and her ornithologist husband Tulio are on an expedition in the Amazon and eventually discover a quick-flying Spix's Macaw that loses one of its feathers. When words about the encounter were broadcasted through television, Jewel believes that she and her family should go to the Amazon to help Linda and Tulio find the wild Spix's Macaws. While the children are ecstatic, Blu is uncertain, but is pressured into going along. Rafael, Nico, and Pedro also decide to come along to scout talent for Carnival. Luiz tries to follow, but is unknowingly left behind by the birds. Blu brings a fanny pack full of supplies, including a GPS that he uses often, much to Jewel's displeasure.

Meanwhile, the leader of a group of illegal loggers, known only as Big Boss, discovers Linda and Tulio's expedition to find the macaws, and orders his henchmen to hunt them down to avoid disruptions to their work. Also, Blu and Jewel's old nemesis, Nigel the cockatoo, has survived the plane crash from the first film, but is now unable to fly and is working as a fortune teller/con artist. When he sees Blu and his family flying overhead of him, he immediately decides to seek revenge on the "pretty birds" who caused his misery. He enlists two henchmen to help him in his plans: a poison dart frog named Gabi — who is in love with Nigel — and a silent anteater named Charlie. Blu and his family decide to spend a night on a tour boat in the Amazon river. Nigel follows them onto the boat and plans to attack them at midnight while they're sleeping. Nigel falls asleep, and Gabi sings a song to express her feelings for Nigel, but also about how she can't touch him because she's poisonous. When Nigel awakens, he and his two minions attempt to carry out his first plan of revenge. However, as Nigel creeps up on a sleeping Blu, Charlie, who has been distracted by some ants in a bottle, accidentally sets off the ship's horn, waking everyone up and forcing Nigel and his henchmen to flee. The next day, Blu and his family arrive at the Amazon, but they find nothing in sight. However, they are eventually taken to a flock of Spix's Macaws that are hiding in a secret paradise land. There, they meet Jewel's stern, long lost father Eduardo, his older sister Mimi, and Jewel's childhood friend Roberto. Eduardo thanks Blu for bringing Jewel back to him, but is unimpressed with his domesticated behavior.

While searching for the macaws, Linda and Tulio are eventually trapped by the loggers. Meanwhile, Blu does his best to fit in with the flock as his family and friends are doing, although the flock (especially Eduardo) express contempt against humans and all things "human". Blu fails at Eduardo's survival techniques when he takes Blu out to train him to be like one of the flock. Meanwhile, Rafael, Nico, Pedro, and Carla host auditions for Carnival, but all end in failure. However, Nigel unexpectedly ends up in the talent show while in disguise as "Bob the bird". Nigel wins the audition, and after discovering that everyone will be at the new show, he plots to kill Blu during the performances.

Wanting to impress Jewel, Blu tries to pick a Brazil nut to surprise her. However, he unknowingly strays into the territory of the Spix's Macaws' enemies, the Scarlet Macaws, led by the hostile Felipe. Trying to talk his way through things, Blu inadvertently causes a war between the two tribes for food when he accidentally whacks Felipe with a twig. The war turns out to be a soccer-like match between the two tribes. Though the Spix's Macaws seem to have the upper hand in the match, Blu enters and incidentally costs the flock their food when he prematurely sends the Brazil nut "ball" into the Spix's Macaws' own goal, much to Eduardo's frustration. Fed up with the rigors of living in the jungle and his inability to fit in, Blu voices his heated feelings to Jewel. They get into an argument, with Jewel accusing him of thinking about himself instead his family. After their falling out, Blu flies away, causing Jewel to feel guilty for her earlier words. Unbeknownst to Jewel, he is bound for Linda's campsite to say his goodbyes as he has chosen to stay in the jungle.

Blu visits Tulio and Linda's campsite, where he discovers a broken CB radio. Blu is then discovered by Roberto (who followed Blu), who accuses him of being a traitor. Despite this, Blu saves Roberto from being run over by a tractor. Blu then sends Roberto to warn the flock, and saves Linda and Tulio. Blu then discovers that the loggers are destroying the jungle. When Blu returns to the tribe, he and Jewel reunite. After their heartfelt reunion, Blu persuades the macaws to defend their homes, and they easily outmatch the loggers with help from the Scarlet Macaws and the other animals (monkeys, turtles, a black jaguar, and a few other birds). During the battle, Nigel tries to use Charlie's snout to fire a prehensile-tailed porcupine quill (which they got earlier) with Gabi's poison on it at Blu, but the dart misses. After witnessing his workers fail due to the macaws' attack, Big Boss lights a string of dynamite placed on the trees to blow them up as a backup plan. However, Blu steals the dynamite and tries to carry it as high as possible away from the trees. Nigel goes after Blu and reveals himself as they are falling down when he tugs on the dynamite, which explodes seconds later. However, both Blu and Nigel survive the explosion, and both end up tangled in vines, hanging upside down and unconscious. When they recover, Nigel attacks Blu, and they have a feather fight. Gabi and Charlie try to help Nigel by shooting Blu with another poisoned dart, but the dart accidentally hits Nigel. Nigel, thinking that he is about to die, gives a Shakespearean death speech, then seemingly dies. Gabi,who is horrified that Nigel is supposedly dead, tries to commit suicide by drinking her own poison, and the pair appear to be dead. However, it is revealed by Bia that Gabi isn't poisonous at all (she was lied to by her parents that she was). Nigel, still alive, tries to attack Blu and his family one last time, but Gabi showers Nigel with affection against his will. Meanwhile, Big Boss is eaten alive by a boa constrictor.

With the flock now under Linda and Tulio's protection, Blu and Jewel decide to live in the Amazon with their kids and friends. However, they still agree to visit Rio in the summer. Meanwhile, Nigel and Gabi are captured by Tulio and are both sent back to Rio. Luiz finally arrives in the Amazon in time for the performance of the Amazon Untamed show after hitching a ride with Kipo, and an apparently redeemed Charlie joins the birds' party.

Blu and Jewel become happy to know that they and their family will always be staying together in their new home from now on.





In an interview after his nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Sérgio Mendes said that the first film is likely to have a sequel and that Carlos Saldanha is planning it for release in 2014, a few months before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. Also, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said that the studio is interested in turning Rio into a franchise.[14]

"I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup. Fox has been talking about (it) and it looks like it's going to happen. We're going to have a meeting I think next week and Carlos is coming to town to tell us the story, and it looks like it's a go."
―Sérgio Mendes, January 25, 2012.

Variety states that Saldanha had officially signed a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox that allows him to helm live-action and/or animated films, with the sequel being part of that contractual agreement.[15]

On April 7, 2012, reported that Jesse Eisenberg has signed up to reprise his role as Blu.[16] Anne Hathaway had also signed on to reprise her role as Jewel.[17] Rodrigo Santoro had confirmed his return to voice ornithologist Tulio Monteiro, as well as hinting that the sequel's setting will involve more of the Amazon.[18]

On November 28, Don Rhymer, screenplay writer of the first film, passed away during the writing phase of the sequel after a battle with head and neck cancer.[19]

On April 18, 2013, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled the first teaser trailer at the annual Las Vegas, Nevada CinemaCon.[20] [21] On May 14, 2013, that same trailer was released online worldwide and attached to Epic.[22]

On June 18, a new promo poster was released at the Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

On July 17, Yahoo unveiled a second trailer introducing Claira the capybara.

On August 29, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled the theatrical trailer in San Francisco.

On September 24, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled a Sneak Peek on USA Today's website. 

On September 25, the official Rio Twitter account asked fans to tune in to Entertainment Tonight for an exclusive preview of the Rio 2 trailer.[23] The program ended with a 20-second look at various scenes from the film. A replay of the preview was made available on the website the following day.

On October 2, that same theatrical trailer was released online worldwide.

On October 12, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios unveiled new video clips in Times Square in New York City, and the video clips aired in March 2014.

On October 23, Sérgio Mendes, the co-writer of "Real in Rio", shortly spoke about his current work with Carlinhos Brown on the new film's soundtrack.

"It's going to be unique. It's a new story, and in some songs, my band is part of it."
―Sérgio Mendes, October 23, 2013.


On December 9, 20th Century Fox released a video clip showcasing new scenes from the film. A performance from Janelle Monáe, who was nominated as Billboard's Rising Star for 2013, was also shown.

On December 10, NBC's The Today Show aired a video clip featuring more film footage, including a scene where Today Show news anchor Natalie Morales, for her animation debut, voices a newscaster modeled after her.

On December 12, a second official trailer was unveiled worldwide, along with a further description of the story and the new characters.

On December 13, that same trailer was posted on YouTube by the official Rio movie channel.

On December 26, a music video in which the Rio cast danced to the track "What Is Love" by Janelle Monáe was uploaded to the official Rio channel on YouTube. In addition, a clip featuring more film footage of the New Year's Eve party was also uploaded to the channel.

On January 17, 2014, the official Rio movie channel on YouTube uploaded a video announcing Rita Moreno as the recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. A short clip from Rio 2 featuring her character Mimi was also shown in the video.

On January 23, along with four new posters, it was revealed by Blue Sky that another musical talent, Wondaland, is going to feature their music in Rio 2.[25]

On January 24, the official Rio Twitter account invited fans to a special Grammy coverage with Nico and Pedro on January 26.

On January 31, a video featuring Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx and - Musician Early, was released worldwide.

On February 11, a new trailer featuring the characters Nigel and Gabi, Runs Wild, was released.

On February 14, a telenovela series has been released, telling the story of the forbidden love between Nigel and Gabi.

Entertainer Bruno Mars joined the cast as Roberto after director Carlos Saldanha caught his performance on Saturday Night Live. During production, Mars offered his own personal touches that better shaped his character's physical appearance, personality, and voice.[26]

On February 19, a video was uploaded that detailed how Carlos Saldanha and his team reached out to various groups to assemble and enrich the music of Rio 2.

On March 17, a series of interviews were released in which Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Bruno Mars,, and Jamie Foxx elaborate on the film through their characters' eyes.

On March 19, the complete B-roll for the film was released, showcasing brief compilations of the voice acting done for much of the main characters, as well as musical performances by Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx, Barbatuques, and others.

On March 20, a compilation of scenes animated by Stewart Shaw was released.

On April 1, a clip featuring the highlights of the Rio 2-themed events in Miami, Florida, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.

On April 2, a clip discussing the journey Blu and his family take across Brazil, as well as a few more scenes from the film, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.

On April 9, a clip featuring interviews with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence about their characters, as well as a few new scenes from the film, was uploaded to Rio's YouTube channel.


Rodrigo Santoro, who voices Tulio, and the soundtrack's producer Sérgio Mendes at the film's press event.

The film was released to international theaters on March 20, 2014.[27] The film's premiere was held in Miami, Florida on March 20, 2014.[28] The film was released in the United States on April 11, 2014.[29]


Under the supervision of 20th Century Fox - with director Carlos Saldanha and music composer John Powell - the film's natural hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil used the film as a tie-in promotion for the 2014 New Year's Eve celebration at Copacabana Beach.[30]

Three of four Angry Birds Rio episodes — all visually tied to Rio 2 — have been released.[31] The first, "Rocket Rumble", was released in December 2013,[32] the second, "High Dive", in February 2014,[33] the third, "Blossom River", in April 2014,[34] and the fourth, Timber Tumble, on July 15, 2014.[35] In April 2014, Kohl's began selling Blu, Gabi, and Luiz plush toys as a part of their Kohl's Cares merchandise program.[36]

Home media

Rio 2 was released on Blu-ray (2D and 3D) and DVD on July 15, 2014.[37] The Target exclusive comes with a Blu plush toy.[38] A limited sing-along edition of the film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4, 2014.[39][40]


Critical reception

Rio 2 received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 48% based on reviews from 105 critics, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads: "Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic."[41] Another review aggregation website, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 49 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, which indicates mixed or average reviews.[42]

Mark Adams of Screen Daily said, "As a delightfully bright and breezy bit of 3D animated entertainment Rio 2 hits the sweet spot, and will no doubt be a box office hit with its blend of good-natured jungle adventure, songs, and gags. The only frustrating thing is that it feels very much like a by-the-numbers sequel, lacking the verve, ebullience, and left-field humor that made 2011's Rio such a surprise hit."[43] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter said, "This rumble in the jungle adds a colorful cast of rain-forest creatures to the franchise's infectious sense of frivolity."[44] Justin Chang of Variety said, "Domestic and ecological dramas abound in this bright, noisy, overstuffed sequel to Fox's 2011 surprise hit."[45] Tom Huddleston of Time Out gave the film three out of five stars, saying "There are problems here ... but the characterization is feisty and memorable, the song-and-dance sequences intricate and colorful, and it'll charm the socks off little people."[46] Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Rio 2 is not what I would call Amazon prime, but it's got enough silly songs and daffy critters to keep the little ones happy."[47] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds."[48] Richard Corliss of Time gave the film a positive review, saying "Even when it's coarse and calculating, this is an eager entertainment machine that will keep the kids satisfied. Just don't tell them that the Rio movies are musical comedies about an avian genocide."[49]

Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News gave the film three out of five stars, saying "We're grading on a sliding scale here. But if Rio 2 is hardly Pixar quality, it's certainly better than the average animated sequel."[50] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's like the last Hobbit movie - so much time passes between side plots that you have to jog the memory when a minor character appears again. Who's that toucan again? Is he a bad guy?"[51] Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film three out of four stars, saying "An agreeable song-and-dance movie, a laugh here, a laugh there, pleasant but overly busy, for seemingly no real reason other than to throw a few more set pieces at the wall to see what sticks."[52] Jessica Herndon of the Associated Press gave the film three out of four stars, saying "With so much going on, it's a wonder this kids' movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it's worth the 3-D ticket."[53] Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to."[54] Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion."[55]

Tom Russo of The Boston Globe gave the film two out of four stars, saying "The story flows, but not always freely, thanks to its manufactured feel."[56] Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, saying "The cinematic equivalent of attack by kaleidoscope, Rio 2 sucks you in and whirls you around before spitting you out, exhausted."[57] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, saying "Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters."[58] Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's as good as the first one and sure to please both the kiddies and adults with its two-tiered humor."[59] Tirdad Derakhshani of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It'll keep the kids content for a couple of hours, though it's likely to bore the grown-ups."[60] Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail gave the album three out of four stars, saying "Rio 2 (like Fox's Ice Age series) relies on derivative plotting and slapstick visual gags, in contrast to Pixar's more cerebral originality. Where the film excels though, in an even more pronounced way than the first film, is in the choreographed animation for the musical numbers."[61] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, saying "The musical moments, on the whole, stand out as the highlights of the film; Rio 2 becomes watchable when the flat characters shut up and sing."[62]

Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "The movie has one goal: to amuse the most children with the least amount of effort."[63] Steve Persall of the Tampa Bay Times gave the album a B+, saying "Like its peppy predecessor, Rio 2 doesn't look or sound like other animated licenses to print money. That alone is reason enough to appreciate it."[64] Kevin McFarland of The A.V. Club gave the film a C, saying "Like the first film, Rio 2 is almost oppressively bright, bombarding the screen with flashes of saturated rainforest colors and even a bird version of soccer (timed a bit too perfectly to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil)."[65] Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, saying "It's hard to ascribe much art or wit to a franchise that retains the services of as comic relief – and a thoroughly inorganic talent-show subplot feels like another attempt to groom youngsters for life in the Cowell jungle."[66] Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave the film two out of five stars, saying "This jumbled sequel, which was also directed by Carlos Saldanha, loses most of what made the first film such an infectious entertainment."[67] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of five stars, saying "Though there isn't a fruit-flavored hue that isn't jammed into every single corner of screen space in Rio 2, the movie has less actual nutritional value than 10 bowls of crushed Froot Loops dust. 20th Century Fox's sequel to the already dubious 2011 film would seem far too endlessly hyperventilating and self-stimulating a way to keep kids from barreling toward a s**z attack on a Saturday afternoon."[68]

Box office

Rio 2 grossed $131,538,435 in North America, and $364,443,940 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $495,982,375, surpassing its predecessor.[3] In North America, the film earned $12 million on its opening day,[69] and opened to number two in its first weekend, with $39,327,869, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[70] In its second weekend, the film dropped to number three, grossing an additional $22,159,742.[71] In its third weekend, the film dropped to number four, grossing $13,881,457.[72] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $7,711,952.[73] Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment donated $100,000 to WWF to support conservation efforts in the Amazon.[74]


Rio 2 was nominated for various awards, including the British Academy Children's Awards,[75] the 42nd Annie Awards,[76][77] 41st People's Choice Awards,[78] and the 13th Visual Effects Society Awards 2014. It was nominated for Best Original Song ("What Is Love") at the 19th Satellite Awards (Best Original Song),[79] and won the Hollywood Song Award ("What Is Love") at the 18th Hollywood Film Awards.[80]



Main article: Rio 2 Soundtracks

A soundtrack for the film was released on March 25, 2014 by Atlantic Records.[81][82] It was promoted by the single "What Is Love", performed by Janelle Monáe.[83]


Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[84] 124
US Soundtracks[85] 4


Main article: Rio 2 Score

An additional album featuring John Powell's original score was released on April 8, 2014 by Sony Classical.[86]

Possible sequels

"The success of the first film was the start of a franchise."
―20th Century Fox spokesperson, January 27, 2012. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox stated that they are interested in turning Rio into a franchise due to the original's gross success and critical acclaim.[14]

Director Carlos Saldanha has kept the possibility for a Rio 3 open. He has stated, "Of course, I have a lot of stories to tell, so we're [starting to] prepare for it."[87]

In January of 2022, the media kit for The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild confirmed that, Ray Delaurentis, the screen writer for the film, was working on a sequel to the Rio franchise. The screenwriters will be Jim Hecht and William Schifrin. Blue Sky Studios will not have a role in the film's development unfortunately.


  • There are roughly 142 Spix's Macaws that appear in the giant "2" of the animated poster. The number of Spix's Macaws within that formation seems to loosely follow the real-life population of the species left in existence (most of which are kept in captivity).
  • Before the official release of the movie, a deleted scene was leaked showing Linda, Tulio and Fernando's search for Spix's Macaws.
  • According to Carlos Saldanha in an exclusive interview with Brazil's Fantastico program, recreating the entire Amazon jungle for the movie was a six-month process.
  • As of August 15, 2014, Rio 2 is the 2nd highest-grossing animated feature of 2014, behind How to Train Your Dragon 2. Rio 2 earned $494,078,003, while How to Train Your Dragon 2 passed the $500 million dollar mark. 
    • In total, How to Train Your Dragon 2 gained $621,537,519 of revenue, while Rio 2 gained $500,101,972 on their closing date at December 11, 2014 and September 4, 2014 respectively.
  • The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 12,000 jobs and involved over one millions work hours.
  • About 73.7% of Rio 2's profit came from foreign theatres.
  • The closing credits are animated in the style of a pop-up book, similar to the map which shows Blu, Jewel, Carla, Bia, Tiago, Nico, Pedro, and Rafael's journey path during the movie.
  • The macaws in the film are depicted as having pink tongues similar to those of humans. In reality, macaws can either have solid black tongues or tongues with light pink or yellow patches on their sides. This change was most likely implemented to increase their visual appeal, as normal-colored tongues may have seemed strange to some people.
  • Jason Sadler, the character designer who created Tiago, Bia, and Carla, stated that "they were the toughest designs to crack for Rio 2." To paraphrase his comments, each of them needed to have unique features and a distinct appearance. At the same time, they needed to exhibit physical traits that indicated they were Blu and Jewel's offspring. Jason goes on to say that "it was a tough balancing act to get all those things to work in concert."
  • In the theatrical release poster for the movie, Blu is shown to be afraid of what he’s looking at (in this case, the camera). However, on the Blu-ray box cover version of the poster, Blu is shown to be smiling, and his pupils appear slightly diluted.
    • If you pay close attention to the two posters, you can clearly see that the box cover version of Blu’s head appears to be an afterthought, due to Blu’s head being much larger and tilted off to one side on the cover, as opposed to normal sized and looking straight ahead on the theater poster.
  • Rio 2 has some similarities with Ice Age: The Meltdown:
    • It’s the second movie in their franchise.
    • They both belong to Blue Sky Studios.
    • They both have species thought to be extinct (Rio 2: Spix’s Macaw, and Ice Age 2: mammoth.)
    • They both have talking animals.
    • They both came in the 2000’s century. (Rio 2: 2014, Ice Age 2: 2006)

Easter Eggs

  • Just before the newscast of Linda and Tulio's expedition, there are two short Easter egg cutscenes from Blue Sky Studio's movies Epic and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
  • The scene with the auditions and the monkey swinging on the rock attached to a rope is a parody of American singer Miley Cyrus's famous and controversial music video for her 2013 hit single "Wrecking Ball". The video featured Cyrus swinging on an actual wrecking ball.
  • The final fight scene between the Spix's tribe and the loggers resembles the 1963 film The Birds.
  • Nigel's "I Will Survive" music sequence features a reference to the 1983 film Flashdance, where at the end of his musical number, Nigel leans back, and a vat of water falls on him like at the end of one of Alex's routines in the film.
  • The antagonist Nigel climbs the rope that binds the dynamite, just like Mrs. Tweedy in Chicken Run.
  • The main plot with Eduardo and Blu is similar to Meet the Parents, where Blu tries to earn Eduardo's respect.
  • The football game at the Pit of Doom resembles a Quidditch match from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - two groups of flying players try to grab a ball and handle it into a goal.
  • Nico, Pedro, Rafael, and Carla hold auditions in both Rio and the Amazon in search of new talent for their Carnaval show. This concept is very similar to America's Got Talent.
  • In one of the original storyboards for Rio 2, Carla's room in The Birdhouse contains posters of several iconic Blue Sky characters.


  • There are actually no black jaguars in South America. Instead, they are replaced by spotted dark jaguars in reality.
  • Technically, there no possible way for Blu's GPS to detect or recognize his voice since all it would hear will be bird squawks. However, the GPS could have had a pet translator built-in, enabling it to translate bird speech to the necessary input that the GPS requires.
  • During Nigel's flashback when he spots Blu traveling in Manaus on the way to the Amazon, A veterinarian says that Nigel will never fly again, but Nigel is later seen trying to fly again, with Gabi congratulating him for managing to stay in the air for "a full second." He also has most of his flight feathers, which might enable him to fly in the future.
  • After Big Boss is knocked to he ground, when the boa constrictor is threatening him, he offers a lollipop to it, but it was unwrapped, yet pulled from either his pocket or ground, which is disgusting in itself, but also strange because no residue including dirt, leaves, or hummus (decomposed animal fossils) seemed to collect on it.

Differences between trailers and the films

Some scenes that were shown in the trailers, commercials and TV spots that did not end up in the final film include:

  • Nico saying "Ama-what?" after Blu says that he's going to the Amazon.
  • Kipo banging on the car hood, stomping on the car hood he was standing when saying "WHAT!" and gets hit in the face with it.
  • An alternate version Tiago on the ostrich.
  • Nico saying "C'mon, let's rock this jungle!"
  • Pedro saying "I got a tweet about this".
  • Pedro saying "Like, the website!"
  • Nico saying "Dude, you just got dissed."
  • Nigel saying "Don't think so, now please continue".
  • Early screenshots and trailers showed that Jewel and Roberto were also used in the calendar of the film. But in the final movie, the scene used Blu instead.
  • Blu crashes into Kipo when he gets out behind the car and Blu hits him right back into the paint cans, this scene was used in the showreel of the film. Kipo was missing his turn on the audition and stomps on the hood and it gets hit in the face with it.
  • Some of the lines of dialogue were changed such as "We are all going to the Amazon, yay!"
  • Tiago making noises on the boat where Blu and Jewel are sitting on.
  • Blu does not say, "Back! Back, you barbarian! Yeah, it's a spoon and a fork." and instead only says "Be afraid. Be very afraid!" Also, in the same scene, Blu turns right instead of left, implying it was going to be flipped.

Altered or Removed Scenes from the film that are found in the Junior Novel and the Storyboards.

  • In Luiz's Garage, a Spoonbill (possibly Kipo ) arrives at Nico and Pedro's auditions before Blu crashed over him after slipping on Luiz's droll. When Blu tells his friends about the Amazon, they set off to the garage roof to talk, leaving the Spoonbill angry for missing his turn on the auditions. He stomps on the car hood and it pops open, sending him flying.
  • On the way to the Amazon rainforest, the group stops by at the bell tower of the cathedral in Ouro Preto. Carla wasn't paying attention to the view, only listening to her iPod, and Tiago rang the bell, scaring everyone.
  • While traveling along the waters by the riverboat, Tiago started making monkey sounds, which the monkeys from the jungle replied to. Nico and Pedro got inspired and started beatboxing and singing. The whole family joined, making sounds that the jungle called back to. This could have been an additional song that was removed for unknown reasons, possibly to reduce runtime.
  • When Jewel reunited with her father, Eduardo said she looked just like her mother, to which Jewel looked hopefully at him, but the look he gave her back was enough to make her understand that she was gone. He hugged her in comfort.
  • When Eduardo called the whole tribe to inform about Jewel's return, he sat on a branch with Blu, where the two had a small talk. He said that when he first saw him, he thought he was a "wimpy-winged bird," but that he isn't. He then called Mimi and introduced him to her, who called Blu cute.
  • When Eduardo and Roberto call each other "the bird" back and forth, the one to interrupt them is Blu, suggesting that they were both "the bird." The two stared at Blu in silence in an awkward situation, until the music started playing and Jewel said that she remembered it.
  • When the tribe was dancing and Blu gave up trying to fit in, Tiago came to him and told him to join in. Blu said it was okay, he was good, and that they should go have fun.
  • When Nigel was spying on the Spix's Macaw tribe over the head of Charlie (who was holding onto a tree with his tongue), Charlie saw ants and, when he stretched out to reach them, lost balance, and they all fell off the tree.
  • Carla first tries to participate in the recruiting and judging of the contestants to the Carnival party. She claims to know the youth market and states that Nico, Pedro, and Rafael were kinda old.
  • When Jewel and Roberto finished dancing, Jewel wondered to herself when she last had that much fun, at which point Blu replies, "New Year's Eve, maybe?" This exchange was probably omitted to avoid making Jewel's character look selfish and uncaring to her mate.
  • The next morning, after scaring Blu with a spider, Tiago had a race with his mother.
  • When Eduardo says that Bia is a smart girl, Blu was about to say she gets the compliment from him. (In the movie, he actually says it without getting interrupted)
  • Before Eduardo trains Blu, in one of the storyboards, it seems that Jewel suggested Blu would hang out with Roberto. Before they leave, Roberto compliments Jewel's morning beauty. Jewel chuckles, "Oh Roberto, stop it." and Blu gets a little mad and mumbles, "Yeah, Roberto. Stop it." (This is actually in the movie and the novel)
  • When Eduardo was training Blu, and humans passed by them, in the book, those humans were actually Linda and Tulio.
  • When Eduardo expresses his frustrations toward Blu's behavior, he actually does so to Mimi (instead of Roberto), who tells Eduardo that she liked him and that he should give him a chance.
  • Charlie was practicing dance moves before the show. Nigel was judging him hard, repeating the move sequence again and again. Gabi then asks Nigel if he knew of a story about a couple with forbidden love, as he replies with "Romeo and Juliet." He told her how they both die in the end, and she said she's never heard anything more romantic before.
  • Blu dreams of Jewel and Roberto. They lean towards each other for a kiss, but he wakes up right before it happens. This was also altered to probably keep Jewel's character likable and to not suggest a "cheating" message in the movie. This could have also been altered to keep the movie at a G-rating.
  • When Linda confronts the loggers, she and Tulio escape, but they are followed. They are later trapped by the loggers.
  • In a particular storyboard, Blu and Jewel's argument at the Pit of Doom is a little more tense as Blu says that it's time to go home and Jewel says that the jungle is their home. They argue about what's right or safe, and Blu admits that he feels like he's not a part of Jewel's family, then Jewel yells at him saying "if you like Rio so much then why don't you go back without us?" Blu and Jewel stare at each other momentarily, and Blu says "I thought I was your one and only. But I guess I was the only one." Then he leaves in anger while Jewel was left to cry. This storyboard may have signified that their marriage is over until Blu returns to her and the tribe. This scene was possibly alternated because it may make Blu and Jewel's characters look selfish and the makers of the movie didn't want the viewers to witness a moment of divorce.
  • When Blu reaches Linda and Tulio's campsite, he looks at the photo of him and his family, and briefly cries a bit. Either signifying that he has to give up his human life for Jewel, or signifying that he feels like he hasn't done too much good for Jewel.
  • When Roberto follows Blu and believes he's a traitor, he yells at him that he had everything, and yet he does "this." Blu is confused and asks what he has since Roberto's the one with the looks and voice. Roberto replies that Blu has a family and that he would give anything to be him. He also shows a ring on his leg as proof of his time as a captive.
  • Eduardo and Mimi discuss how to deal with the loss of the Brazil nut grove. Roberto arrives in a panic and Eduardo slaps him. He explains the loggers' intentions and the macaws decide to flee. Jewel refuses to leave and insists on going after Blu, convincing Eduardo to agree. Before they leave, Roberto panics again, and this time, Mimi hits him, leaving him wondering why everyone keeps doing that.
  • It is Tiago who spots the dynamite left in the trees.
  • Jewel is the one who unties Linda and Tulio from the trees.
  • Nigel reveals his true identity with his mask and Eduardo stares at him in confusion. The others are shocked.
  • Blu perches on Linda's shoulder and Jewel perches and Tulio's shoulder when they try to stop the loggers, with the rest of the tribe in the trees about to attack.


Main article: Rio 2/Gallery


Behind The Scenes



Interviews and Featurettes



These images will bring you to an external website, allowing you to view the full storyboard.

Compiled Storyboard Videos

These videos are based on the storyboards above, but compiled into videos for ease of viewing.


Jewel's Lullaby Storyboard Compilation


Home Storyboard Compilation

This particular storyboard may be very heart-breaking to watch. If you're a fan of Blu and Jewel, it's best to avoid watching this. You have been advised!


Nico Has Hats Storyboard Compilation


Journey to the Amazon Storyboard Compilation


Invite Storyboard Compliation


Unplugged Storyboard Compilation


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