Friday, April 15, 2011
Jesse Eisenberg is the voice of Blu, one of the last birds of his kind, who was snatched from his natural habitat many years ago and brought to the U.S for profit. Fortunately for him, he ended up as the companion to a really nice girl, so he's quite content with his life until his owner is convinced to bring him to Rio to mate with another rare bird, voiced by Anne Hathaway. And then trouble happens, of course.
While this is not a Disney film itself (it's made by Twentieth Century Fox), it seemed to me like a throwback to the classic Disney films of the 60's and 70's, reminding me of classics like 'The Rescuers' and 'The Jungle Book' crossed with the Exchanted Tiki Room attraction from Walt Disney World. And with some very enjoyable musical tunes thrown in, old school style, and Rio as an excellent backdrop to the film with some great visuals, it makes for a pretty smooth viewing. For a kids movie, this one's pretty good. (I'm going to assume that one kid who was wailing in the back of the theater for half the movie just had an accident or something.)