Rio
2011
***½
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro

A rare blue macaw Blu grows up in Minnesota, and never learns to fly. When the future of his species is in jeopardy, Blu’s loving owner Linda takes him to Rio to mate with the last known living female. A funny, dangerous and colourful adventure in Brazil ensues. Carlos Saldanha, the director behind the Ice Age series, has made a rather formulaic but very likeable animation. This culture shock comedy has lovely characters and many enjoyable fish out of water moments. Rio 2 followed in 2014.