From the makers of Ice Age, ‘Rio’ is a 3D comedy-adventure about Blu – a macaw from small town Minnesota who leaves his cage for the exotic sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro. The only problem is, Blu can’t fly.
However, before long Blu finds himself surrounded by a gang of great new friends who help him to discover what it’s like to reach for the skies.
Q&A with Blu
Although he's been busy on the publicity trail, Blu took time out for a chat with Trend Watch.
Blu and Jewel
Hey Blu, good to meet you. Do birds shake hands?
Of course! Well, I do anyway. My companion Linda taught me that it’s polite to always shake hands with visitors.
Wow, your plumage is even more blue in real life than in pictures.
I’m the last of my kind you know – I’m a rare creature: a Blue Spix macaw. Like the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat or the Iberian Lynx. There are only 120 of those left in the world. But guess what? There’s only ONE of me! Well, actually two – if you include Jewel, but she’s a girl. So that’s kinda different.
Ah yes, Jewel. That must have been quite some blind date…
Yeah. It was pretty awkward. I mean, I’d never really been on a date before, and there was a lot of pressure, if you know what I mean. But when I saw her. Oh my. I thought I’d seen an angel. She was like this beautiful exotic creature descending from the air. So graceful. It was quite a magical moment – and then she opened her beak!
What did she make of you?
(Shrugs) Well, you know. I’m from a small town in Minnesota called Moose Lake. What you see is what you get.
Tell us about your life in Minnesota…
There’s not much to tell. Not much goes on there. Up until I went to Brazil to meet Jewel, I hadn’t seen much beyond the four walls of the apartment I share with Linda my companion. I mean, I’m not saying it was bad or anything. Quite the opposite. I loved hanging out with Linda, helping with the housework, doing puzzles and watching TV. But I had no idea there was this big wide world out there, beyond my little cage.
Aw, (Sigh) I really love my cage with its mirror and its bell.
How did you enjoy Brazil?
Wow. Where to start? That place is amazing. There’s so much to see and do; it’s kind of overwhelming. I saw some of the sights, like the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city of Rio. That was pretty awesome. And then there’s the beaches and the jungle… (whistles). It really took my breath away.
Sorry to have to ask you a sensitive question, but is it true you can’t fly?
Okay, it’s true I’ve had some issues in that department, but I’ve been working on it. I mean, I don’t know why I feel I have to justify myself. Did you know that eight out of 10 people are afraid to fly? That’s a pretty big statistic.
There are lots of Rio events taking place at The Trafford Centre during the Easter holidays, see the events listing here.
Get a sneak peak of the film here: