I have to say that I’m still mildly resistant to Hollywood animated features — and their sequels, in particular — but some part of me is willing to give this second go-around with the bird-brained Rio bunch a chance because director (and story guy) Carlos Saldanha has pulled together an eclectic vocal cast that just might help Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) straighten up and fly right.
I mean, you’ve got Miguel Ferrer, Andy Garcia, Bebel Gilberto (yes, that Bebel Gilberto, the daughter of João Gilberto), Sergio Mendes, Rita Moreno and Janelle Monáe in a story that leaves the city behind for an adventure in the Amazon. Bebel Gilberto and Rita Moreno are begging me (and you, too) to ignore all the typical animated feature warning signs, because if nothing else, Rio 2 will have a little swing to it. Opens wide April 11. (G) Not reviewed