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Director Carlos Saldhana and the animation team of Rio 2 created wonderful 3-D aerial scenes.
Director Carlos Saldhana and the animation team of Rio 2 created wonderful 3-D aerial scenes.
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Rio 2: Thrilling, but too many bad guys

There’s not much new but a lot that’s vibrantly blue in Rio 2, the sequel to Fox’s ultracolourful 3-D animated 2011 film, about a domestic macaw, Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his relationship with a Brazilian jungle bird, Jewel (Anne Hathaway).

The new movie, which offers no backstory for the uninitiated, opens with Blu, Jewel and their three chicks living in odd-couple sitcom domestic bliss in Rio, where the mother macaw tries, in vain, to teach the kids a natural lifestyle: Fewer pancakes, more Brazil nuts.