The king of a land gets murdered? Check. His son becomes the new leader, but doesn't want the responsibility? Check. He decides to goof and live a life of not caring or worrying? Check. Through a convenient epiphany, he realizes his destiny? Check. Final battle under a red sky? Check.
It's official. This is nothing but a blatant Lion King rip-off plain and simple, only it's made worse by gag-inducing gags, subpar animation, annoying side characters and its unnecessary filler that's only reserved for avoiding the plot. But what else would you expect from the guy who gave us such classics as "Kung Pow! Enter The Fist?"
However, David Koechner as Dag pulls off a surprisingly threatening performance and is the only quality that makes the movie worth watching.
Not only is this movie's plot as predictable as the outcome of a toddler putting a plastic bag over his head for ten minutes, but it's also laced with 100% boredom with wooden dialogue, cardboard cutout characters, half-assed animation and voice acting so bland that the love child of Matthew Broderick and styrofoam would sound more engaging.
The story is nothing we haven't seen in a million other movies, but throw in a flavorful soundtrack, witty dialogue, top-notch voice acting and some beautifully vibrant animation that so effortlessly sucks you into the Brazilian atmosphere and what do you get? You get Rio, a movie that, while you can already predict the ending before it comes, takes you on such a colorful ride to the end that you'll want to book your next vacation to Rio as soon the curtain goes down.
Yep, this is what the great Seuss intended
Erection and toilet jokes for your Mom to get offended
The jokes are horrendous and the story makes me weepy
Plus, the Cat's makeup is downright creepy
If Seuss saw this, there's no way he would rave
You can practically hear him rolling in his grave
Not the worst of the series, but it sure is the most tedious. Almost everything in this movie is padded out to the max anne the pacing is slower than a stoned turtle. It makes one wonder why they had to split it up into two parts to begin with. However, I was impressed with the makeup effects for Bella's pregnancy.