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|Genre:||Animation, Children's Movie, Adventure, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 102 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
With "Rio", a declaration of love to his hometown Rio de Janeiro, "Ice Age" director Carlos Saldanha hit the hearts of many viewers in 2011. Worldwide, the animation adventure about the Spix's Macaw Blu, which actually lives in Minnesota and suddenly finds itself in the midst of a fast-paced adventure in Rio, was able to raise almost 500 million dollars. It was only a matter of time before Blu and his friends would come back for another adventure. The waiting has now come to an end, because now with "Rio 2 - Jungle Fever" the sequel comes into the cinemas, where at least those viewers, who liked the first movie, will have a lot of fun.
Blu (spoken by David Kross) and Jewel (Johanna Klum) lead meanwhile an exciting, but nevertheless ordered family life with their children Bia, Tiago and Clara in the middle of Rio. But when Blo's former owner and best friend Linda and her husband Tulio find evidence in the Amazon that more Spix Aras could live there, Jewel wants to fly there. After all, their children should see where they actually come from. In order to make his wife happy, Blu agrees to this wish and after some detours the family, accompanied by their faithful friends Nico (Mr. Reedoo), Pedro (Mateo) and Rafael (Roberto Blanco), actually finds a wonderful place in the deep jungle, where many of their fellow species still live in freedom. That alone would be a reason to be happy, but Jewel is completely over the moon when she also meets her father Eduardo and her aunt Mimi, who had been believed dead, among the Spix Aras. For Blu, on the other hand, the joy is limited. He simply can't do anything with so much nature and the fact that Eduardo always shows him that he doesn't think much of a big-city bird like him doesn't make things any easier. But the real problems only begin when the bird paradise is threatened by humans. And when an old rival appears to take revenge on Blu, the quiet, idyllic life is finally over…
Already in the first scene, it becomes clear that "Rio 2 - Jungle Fever" is one of the sequels that play it safe to repeat the success of its predecessor in any case. So the film starts with one of the music numbers that the audience apparently liked so much in the first part. Who can do without these singing and dancing interludes, be warned: there will be much more singing in the further course of the story - and that is really not always nice! Even after all the adventures he experienced, Blu is still the overanxious nerd bird he was at the beginning of the first film. And also his companions behave more or less exactly like in the predecessor. The only differences are some new characters and moving the story from the urban jungle to the real jungle.
This is of course the perfect setting for a subplot, which is unfortunately a bit overused: the evil man, who is only out for profit and destroys nature for it, has to be stopped by the animals and the good eco-activists. It's not really inventive. But originality isn't the strength of "Rio 2 - Jungle Fever" anyway. Director Saldanah relies too much on the inevitable 3D roller coaster effects and extended vocal numbers accompanied by loud "Ahhhhhs" and "Ohhhhs", instead of real charm and a bit more subtle wit. But even if this may not sound really positive now, it can be said quite rightly: if you liked the first part, the new adventure really offers you the best entertainment. Because the fans want to see more of what they could laugh about. So Pedro and Nico are allowed to make many cool remarks again, Tulio has to stumble over everything that somehow gets in his way and Blu has to find out again and again that life as a pet is completely different from that of a bird living in freedom - whether he likes it or not.
"Rio 2 - Jungle Fever" is very nicely animated and pleases especially in the second half of the film at least visually with a tremendous wealth of detail and ingenuity. Some gags are really amusing and the characters are quite likeable by and large. And since the movie is quite entertaining despite all the justified criticism and at least the fans of the first part won't be bothered by the fact that this sequel has the somewhat sour aftertaste of a pure commercial product without its own character, there is also a very clear thing for these very viewers: Worth seeing!
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