Rio (2011)

Entertainment Rating: 3 of 5

We had a choice of seeing Rio or Hop. Given the reviews on several websites, Rio was the obvious best choice. The show was fun, but I was a little annoyed at the humans in it. Their characters were weak and detracted from the vividness that Rio had to offer. I loved the music. The music was probably the best part of the show. Otherwise the main plot was to get two rare birds to mate, and get their owners/captors together at the same time. Judging by the critics my opinion lies in the minority. It was fun to see once, but I won’t be adding it to my collection. However, I’m extremely glad we didn’t see Hop.

Moral Rating: 2 of 5

Blu learns to believe in himself and his natural instincts. It’s rather odd that Tulio, the ornithologist, doesn’t recognize Linda until she’s 80% naked, wearing a bikini and some blue feathers...at least that’s the moment we see that he’s really interested in her. I don’t feel like going too much into detail here, there wasn’t a lot to glean from this film.

I will add this positive comment from commonsensemedia.org for those whose opinions might actually better align with the majority of viewers:
“The movie has plenty of positive messages about broadening your horizons, believing in yourself, helping others even when it's dangerous, and caring for the beautiful animals in our midst instead of stealing and selling them for profit. The subplot with Fernando also teaches viewers that no matter how difficult your life is, you can still make good choices and turn your life around.”

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