International trailer for Rio flies in

20th Century Fox has released an international trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ forthcoming computer animated film Rio, and the Ice Age creators appear to have produced a stunning quality of animation here.

The film centres around a macaw who embarks on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from a zoo in Minnesota, after learning  that there is a female macaw waiting there for a mate. Unfortunately for him though she doesn’t seem to keen, and all sorts of awkwardness ensues.

The film is based off a script by Don Rhymer (the writer behind Surf’s Up) and features the vocal talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx,, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Leslie Mann, Jermanine Clement, Rodrigo Santoro. It’s also directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) so there’s pedigree there.

Rio will hit screens in April.


Rio is a 3-D animation feature from the makers of the Ice Age films. Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centres on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers there’s another — and that she’s a she — he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it’s far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life’s many wonders. ‘Rio’ brings together a menagerie of vivid characters, a heart-warming story, colourful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.