Filled with countless madcap action sequences that actually make the most of today’s 3-D technology, engaging musical sequences and plenty of offbeat humor, Rio is really an enjoyable thrill-a-minute adventure that should easily keep kids (and their parents) entertained for an hour and a half.

From the makers of Ice Age, Rio is also a lovely tribute to the director Carlos Saldanha’s Brazilian hometown. Providing compelling snapshots of the multi-faceted culture with gorgeous attention to detail, Rio is also part travelogue, a surprisingly rare feat for an animated film that’s not affiliated with Pixar.

And while the life lessons may not run as deep as some kiddie fare (although there’s a high premium placed upon the power of friendship and facing our greatest fears), sometimes there’s simply no substitute for fun at the cineplex, and Rio undoubtedly has that in spades.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: It’s implied that Linda and Tulio have wine with dinner. Plus, a cloth with some sort of substance is used to knock a man unconscious.
  • Language/Profanity: None, although there are a few instances of scatological humor. Linda curses once in “bird language” and then apologizes for doing so.
  • Sex/Nudity: There’s a running joke about male characters with girlish tendencies cross-dressing in tight tank tops and shorts. A bulldog jokes about getting its “freak on.” The suggestive Sir Mix-A-Lot song is transformed from “baby got back” to “baby got beak.” Mood music (courtesy of Lionel Richie—something only the adults will probably laugh at) is played so Blu and Jewel will be inspired to “continue the species.”
  • Violence: Nigel makes life downright terrorizing for other animals by grabbing their throats with his self-proclaimed ninja talons and threatening to eat the birds or worse yet, having them thrown on a rotisserie. Jewel beats up Blu and bites other birds (she’s undomesticated). There’s also violence that’s more of the comic relief nature with animals running into things and falling down.
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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