Perhaps to grown-ups the prospect of telling a “learning to fly” story using the last of a species of rare birds may seem a bit too precious for its own good; thankfully for the little ones, director Carlos Saldanha has found a way to make it work. With memorable characters, a menacing villain, and exotic, colorful locales, Rio
has all the ingredients of a thrilling adventure capable of entertaining even the most anxious of young viewers. And though a slight overreliance on show-stopping tunes occasionally threatens to clip Rio
’s wings, the songs are fun enough -- and the laughs big enough -- to keep this delightful little tale airborne.