There were some very powerful and relatable themes going on as well. Messages about species extinction, environmental protection, connecting with you're inner strength, finding true love and believing in yourself were all explored during the movie. Talk about feel good!
I really like the idea that through this movie children will be exposed to images of Carnival, and in turn inquire what carnival is all about.
The soundtrack is killer! The title song 'Real is Rio' has been on repeat on my iPod since Saturday, I can't stop listening to it! Over the past few years or so I have been trying to keep up with sambas in competition for Brazil Carnival, I felt the title song remained true to pulsating Brazilian samba rhythms (YAY for not North American-ing it up!).
I thought the visuals were stunning! The animation was top notch, the way their feathers were rendered was so real! The Carnival scene in the movie was wicked, plain and simple. To see an animated version of the Sambadrome in full action was incredible! I know during my lifetime I WILL design Carnival, and for some reason seeing this movie made me feel validated, lol. I fosholy recommend watching Rio, you won't be disappointed :D
Opening scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ81_Q0lYAM
Carnival scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUpFSu9az6Q
"ALL THE BIRDS OF THE FEATHER
DO WHAT THEY LOVE MOST OF ALL
WE ARE THE BEST AT RHYTHM AND LAUGHTER
THAT'S WHY WE LOVE CARNAVAL!!!!!"