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

by Melanie Edwards on April 15, 2011 · 155 comments

in Giveaways, 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 &, both of whom I’m a fan. The movie also has the voice talent of Anne Hathaway, George Lopez,, 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, 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


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

How to Enter

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 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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{ 155 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Baum April 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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


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!
Lori L.


Lori L. April 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I like on Facebook.


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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Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 12:17 am
Donna L April 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

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


Debra F April 26, 2011 at 12:45 am

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


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 😀


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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C Duran April 26, 2011 at 2:36 am

I think the characters look cute!


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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Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 3:17 am

I’ll like the music & colors.
Thanks for the contest.


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meme April 26, 2011 at 3:44 am

I think the kids and I will love the music and the fact that it looks so funny


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