Vibrant, Rhythmical, and Funny: RIO Movie {Giveaway and Video}

by Melanie Edwards on April 15, 2011 · 155 comments

in Family Fun, Giveaways, Movies, reviews

Rio Movie Logo Wallpaper

Last weekend our family had a chance to watch an advanced screening of the new movie RIO, which comes out in theaters today. I was excited to attend the screening for a couple of reasons: we had already seen various trailers and were wanting to watch it and we had not been to the movies since baby boy was born. We were hesitant to bring him along, but had no choice in the matter due to the fact that he won’t accept a bottle. Thankfully, baby boy did an amazing job! He actually watched part of the movie, nursed mid-way through, and then fell asleep towards the end.

I’m sure you’ve seen the trailers and have heard of the movie, but here’s a bit of background information from the official movie synopsis to help you learn what the movie RIO is about:

Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota.  Blu and Linda think he’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu’s female counterpart.  Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers.

The opening sequence alone makes the movie worth watching in my opinion. Right away, my kids (baby boy included) and I were captivated by the vibrant colors and rhythms. Baby girl started dancing in her seat right away. As we say, ¡la música está en su sangre! Music lives in her blood and the fantastic drum beats of Samba moved her. You can actually take a sneak peek and see the opening sequence for yourself in this video of the first two minutes of RIO. For other RIO video clips and trailers, visit the RIO YouTube channel.

RIO had us laughing the whole time. In fact, the entire theater was full of laughter – both kids and adults. Complementing the laughs, were great music and amazing colors. It’s no surprise to me that the music was so great, since RIO includes original music by Sergio Mendes & will.i.am, both of whom I’m a fan. The movie also has the voice talent of Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and Carlos Ponce, amongst others. The voices are a perfect fit for each character too.

Rio Movie Scene Photo with Nico and Pedro

We are still replaying some of the funniest scenes in our house. Probably the favorite scene for all of us was when Pedro, the bird voiced by will.i.am, sings “…Take her, take her to the floor. Show her, show her how you roll. Drop it, drop it, drop it low. Drop it low…” Our family truly enjoyed the movie RIO and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so we can watch it again!

Do you plan on watching RIO this weekend with your family? If they enjoy it as much as my family did, your kids may come home asking for more. As with most movies, there is a full line of RIO products available, including Angry Birds RIO, which my daughter promptly requested I download. You can also download this printable RIO kids activity sheet for your children to enjoy! And, finally, be sure to enter this giveaway for more RIO movie fun!

Rio Movie Prize Pack

Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win a prize pack consisting of a RIO coloring book and crayons, plus a $25 Fandango gift card.

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Required entry: If you’d like to enter this contest, simply leave a comment below telling us what you think you’ll like about RIO, based on the previews and information I provided.

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All entries must be in by Monday, April 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. You must have a valid U.S. address to enter. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.) Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I attended a complimentary advance screening of the movie RIO and received information in order to facilitate this review/giveaway. No compensation received. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Affiliate links used.

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1 Lara DiPaola April 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My sister-in-law and brother have a Macaw. I think the kids will love Rio because they can call Auntie and tell her all about him! I love a good family movie that parents won’t fall asleep in.

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I tweeted about this awesome giveaway!

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7 Margaret Smith April 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

We’re hoping to go see this movie this weekend. I think that I would love all the colorful animation. Thanks so much.
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12 Redangel71975 April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

OMG I cant wait it is go n to be so cute

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13 Anonymous April 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I would like it because it is made by the same people who made Ice Age, very funny
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18 Karen Greene April 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I think I would love this movie because it sounds like it has good music, good choice of celebrity voice overs and colors. Plus it’s a comedy with a happy ending.
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19 Rhoneygtn April 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I think I will like all the birds in the movie.

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22 Silvia April 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

My kids were fascinated by the music and colors in the first scene but I knew we would like this movie just because it features Brazil and the beautiful birds and music!

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24 Vargas10001 April 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I am looking forward to the music! Rio music!

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28 monicazyoung April 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I like that is a cut movie with a message about leaving animals in their habitats

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32 Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

The animation looks great and my daughter will love the dog.

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37 Shirley April 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

I’d like the vibrant colors and rhythms.

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38 robinelton April 16, 2011 at 1:35 am

We just came back from Rio! I wasn’t expecting Tracy Morgan to show up 🙂 I was peeing myself laughing. Awesome movie.

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39 Tabathia B April 16, 2011 at 2:20 am

the interaction between the birds and the trouble they will get in
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40 Monica April 16, 2011 at 3:58 am

I can’t wait to see this movie! I didn’t really know much about it until reading this, but we are bird-loving central (my husband runs a bird park!) and I have been Sergio Mendes’s #1 fan since I was little. I have all this RECORDS (as in LP) and that is why I bought a record player two years ago after my old one finally died. Throw in the bilingual aspect and this movie was made for us.

Thanks for sharing!

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43 Soha Molina April 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

I like how it is so colorful

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47 Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

I’ll like the bright animation.

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48 Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I think it looks like a really cute movie. Seems like it would have quite a few laughs in it.

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49 Crystle tellerday April 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

talking birds

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50 kathy dunaway April 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I think the movie sounds really good.We are excited to see it.Thanks for the review and the giveaway:)

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55 Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I would like to see Blu finally learn to fly. Thank you!

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56 Cynthia Conley April 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I’m sure I’ll enjoy the music and the comedy.

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59 Kport207 April 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I think the movie looks cute and my granddaughter would love it.

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60 Shafeena Y April 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

dont wanna enter the give away but loved the review will take my 2 year old to see it when it releases here 😀

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61 Jeff April 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

If Rio is from the makers of ice age it should be good!

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66 Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

I LOVE Will.i.am. in cartoons. He is hilarious. I loved him as Moto Moto in Madagascar. This movie looks really cute. I cant wait to see it.

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72 Ashley April 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

can’t wait 2 see will.i.am playing one of the birds!

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76 Brittney April 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I think that rio will be funny. Something we can watch without worrying about covering ears and hoping that my daughter “didn’t get that.”
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77 Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

There’s nothing better than goofy animal characters.

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78 ohstac April 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’m looking forward to hearing all the celebrity voices!
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79 Autumn398 April 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

i think it looks like a great kids movie, one i’d actually watch & not groan about!

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80 Jacob April 18, 2011 at 2:00 am

I think it looks really funny, especially the character of Nigel!

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85 Adal Gutierrez April 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I just read this movie beat Scream 4 over the weekend…I must admit it looks like fun!

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86 Norma823 April 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I am following you on twitter, going to look for you on facebook and I want to see the movie with my granddaughter…I cannot wait….

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87 Monster6236 April 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I think my family will like all the music.

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88 Monster6236 April 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm
89 Monique Rizzo April 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I saw it and I loved all the bright beautiful birds. I have always dreamed of owning a Hyacinth Macaw.
Thanks for the chance.
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90 jolene April 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

i think we’d like the colorful animals

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91 Ahorros Con Cupones April 20, 2011 at 3:46 am

I know I’ll love RIO because I can’t stop rapping:
Ge-ge-ge-ge-get It girl
Taker her, Taker to the flo (floor)
Show? her, show her how you ro ( Roll)
Drop it, dro-drop it low!

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94 angie April 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

I think I would like the animation. It is colorful, clean, and crisp.

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95 Danielle April 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

ive already seen it (couldnt wait!) and LOVED the music numbers and the monkeys!

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96 Anonymous April 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I am looking forward to the bright colors and the humor. This sounds like a movie the whole family would thoroughly enjoy.

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98 Anonymous April 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I think the kids would like the vibrant colors and rhythms

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99 Pat April 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I like that it’s a fun family movie.

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100 ashley April 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

it looks bright & fun. kind of reminds me of the tiki room in disneyland

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101 Daniel M April 23, 2011 at 11:13 pm

we all love animated features here!

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102 Erica C. April 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I love animals so I’m sure just the movie in general will be fun to watch. The dog will probably be the most exciting for me!

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103 Honeypie411 April 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I think I’ll like the story of the movie.honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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104 Tammy Darling April 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I think I would like how happy it would make my kids!

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105 Suzanne Lewis April 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I would like the movie due to the colorful animation and the humor.

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106 nicole greene April 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

I think my daughter and I will love all the colorful birds and songs!

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110 Kconklin1028 April 25, 2011 at 4:40 am

I think I will love it because every single one of the trailers as well as your preview commentary has been truly funny. I love when I find myself laughing to silly antics by characters. The cast is awesome too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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112 Amied027 April 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

I think this will be a funny and heart warming movie that my kids and I will love! It looks so cute, we can’t wait to see it! Thanks!

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116 Sarah April 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

I think I’ll like the animation.

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118 Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm

The music and all the colors!
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121 Anonymous April 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm

i think i’m going to love the music in the movie rio
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I think I’d like the music!
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126 Claire Hawn April 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

From what I hear the music is fantastic. I’d also like to see some of the environment the characters will exist in.

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127 Diane Baum April 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

From the reviews, I would like that i ‘s a cute funny movie

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128 Lori L. April 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I want to see this movie because I love Macaws and my kids do, too. Looks great!
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130 Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

I’m always fascinated by how realistic the moves the animated characters are! Sounds like a really cute movie- we’ll have to rent it sometime.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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I will like to see the animation and hear the music.

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134 Debra F April 26, 2011 at 12:45 am

My kids and I would love this movie because the characters look lively and funny.

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135 Justine Pierson April 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

I think I’ll love the great characters and animation and the storyline will bring some attention to endangered animals so that’s awesome 😀

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136 Rosey April 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

I think I’ll like the setting being in one of the most exotic wonderful spots in the world!

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141 C Duran April 26, 2011 at 2:36 am

I think the characters look cute!

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142 HeatherC April 26, 2011 at 2:37 am

Just seeing the birds. A friend rescues all kinds, and that will be so fun to just see an animated version of some of them.

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I’ll like the music & colors.
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