Posted on 5/22/11 02:53 PM
Rio tells the story of Blu (voiced by Eisenberg), one of the two remaining blue macaws on Earth. He must travel, with his human companion (Mann), to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where he is supposed to mate with the only female of their species, Jewel (Hathaway). Soon after arriving, Blu gets abducted, along with Jewel, by smugglers. The plot unfolds from there.
Some parts are childish, other parts are made specifically to expose will.i.am's superior musical talent. But what the film lacks due to it's mostly formulaic plot, it makes up for with magnificently colorful texture and hilarious voice roles.
Most animated movies like this require the main character to make some sort of choice at the end (see: Open Season). But this film circumnavigates that, and I appreaciate Rio's decision to do so.