In recent years, animation companies have focused on creating programming that is more diverse and inclusive. Though we grew up with ‘Mulan’ and ‘Lilo and Stitch’, these were comparatively more isolated initiatives that eventually went away. Studios were hesitant to create inclusive material until the turn of the decade, in the early aughts. At the very least, Blue Sky Studios’ hysterically funny adventure film “Rio” was a positive step forward for the studio.
From ‘Ice Age’ through ‘Ferdinand,’ director Carlos Saldanha has continuously provided us with animated masterpieces that we have treasured over the years. Saldanha, on the other hand, brings us closer to home with ‘Rio,’ which tells the story of Blu, a tamed blue macaw, and his experiences in the vibrant Rio de Janeiro metropolis. Because of this, “Rio” is as much a celebration of Brazil’s rainbow-hued culture as it is a heartwarming love tale about two endangered species.
‘Rio’ is unique in that it focuses on a true issue: the extinction of the blue macaw parrots, who have been threatened for years. Whether Saldanha intended it or not, the franchise will always serve as a reminder of these magnificent creatures.
“Rio” already contains two sections. It wasn’t until a few months before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro that the sequel was released. Some fans believe that the movie “Rio” might grow into a full-fledged series in the future. Because Saldanha and the actors have shown a desire in continuing the Blu and Jewel adventure series, we may be thankful that opportunity remains open for us. As far as we know, ‘Rio 3’ is only a matter of time away. To date, these are our findings.
Rio 3 Plotline
As a newborn, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is taken from his native Brazil by a young girl, Linda, who takes care of him for the rest of his life. In order to preserve the blue macaw species from extinction by mating with the last known female blue macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu, and his friends are invited to Rio by naturalist Tulio. A humorous and exhilarating journey ensues when the two birds are smuggled back into Brazil.
Part one finishes with the two birds raising a family of three in the jungle; part two continues up to where the first left off and follows the family as they go on a mission in search of other blue macaws in Amazon, which ultimately turns out to be Jewel’s long-lost homestead family. It finishes with the family opting to stay in Amazon, but intend to visit Rio in the summers.
We can only speculate about the narrative of ‘Rio 3’ because there is no reliable information to go on. During the first few chapters of the third installment, we’ll get a glimpse of the family’s life in the Amazon with the rest of the flock. Due to the franchise’s title, it’s safe to assume that a family vacationing in Rio de Janeiro throughout the summer will play a role in the storyline. It would be intriguing and pertinent if the next sequel addressed the recent terrible extinction of the species in some way. Perhaps this is why Blu and Jewel, together with their friends and family, have decided to go on another quest to rescue their species.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, the actors of ‘Rio 2’ discussed what they would want to see in the film’s third installment. When asked if he would want to see the family go on an adventure to Miami, Jamie Foxx, who portrays Nico, said yes, but Andy Garcia, who plays Eduardo, said no. We can fairly anticipate that ‘Rio 3’ will be another exciting voyage for the family, based on the narrative of the first two films and what the cast has to say.
Rio 3 Release Date
A sequel has not been discussed in recent years, therefore we know it is not being worked on right now. If Saldanha is interested in making ‘Rio 3’ as he has previously worked on sequels, we may anticipate the picture to be released soon. Given that Saldanha worked on ‘Ferdinand’ only last year, we may expect to hear more about his planned projects in the near future.
Accordingly, we may expect the publication of ‘Rio 3’ to take place somewhere in 2022 or beyond. For those of you who can’t wait that long, we’ve got some excellent news. A ‘Rio’ spin-off centered on Nico and Pedro is now in production for Disney Plus.