Our first experience with the Rio franchise was decidedly meh - we found the movie about a lost Macau to be decent but ultimately drab entertainment, failing to keep our attention after a very cute opening. It wasn't that we hated Rio, but we soon found ourselves diverted to our tablets and other entertainment while things on screen limped along. Rio 2 doesn't give us much to dance about either, settling in on a superficial story about the environment surrounded by somewhat enjoyable comedic skits.
There are a couple of bright spots here. Several of the musical numbers - especially one between Nigel and Gabi - are pretty funny. The casting is deeper than its predecessor, giving Garcia and Mars a few moments in the sun. The stellar animation features bright colors and exceptional detail on the feathers of the Macau and in the environment of the Amazonian jungle itself. But while we think a 3D experience would probably look outstanding, there are in general better options out there for kids, including Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and The LEGO Movie.
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