In case you missed it in the theaters this past spring, Rio the CG animated film about a nervous, inhibited Spix Macaw named Blu (voiced by Academy Award nominated actor, Jesse Eisenberg). At a young age, Blu is captured from his native homelands of Brazil and shipped off to Minnesota. When his cage accidentally falls off the truck of his abductors, Blu is discovered by a little girl named Linda. The two grow up together. As an adult, Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann) learns that Blu is the last male of his kind, and with that, the two head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet Blu’s new mate. However, it’s nowhere near close to love at first sight between the socially awkward, flight challenged Blu and the strong and independent extreme flying female Jewel (Academy Award nominated actress, Anne Hathaway). Shortly after Blu’s arrival, greedy animal smugglers capture the two rare birds and they soon find themselves chained together and helplessly lost in the Brazilian rainforest. They embark on a hysterical and endearing adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading ones wings to fly.
The film is vibrant, full of wonderful music and also features fun performances by George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, and Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. Blu was produced by the same people behind the Ice Age movies and the underrated gem, Robots.
A DVD giveaway does not begin until next week (when my review goes live). As I said, this post is in honor of Friendship Day. Below are two E-cards that you can download and send to your friends, or send to your kids, or have your kids send to their friends… or your friends. The choice is yours. Pass them along and help the world become a safer, better, friendly place. Check in next week for the rules to the giveaway and a full review!