20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ computer animated film Rio. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and starring Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez and Jake T. Austin, the story follows “a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro. He embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, learning to open himself up to all that life has to offer along the way.”
I love the design of the birds (the human character not so much), and you can definitely tell this trailer was edited to appeal to the 3D audiences seeing Shrek Forever After. Blue Sku Studios has always been good at creating cute little creatures, but they have suffered finding good stories. The most interesting character in the Ice Age sequels was the cute squirrel Scrat, who would always relegated to the sidelines. That said, I really liked Horton Hears a Who.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Official Plot Synopsis:
‘Rio’ is a 3-D animation feature from the makers of the ‘Ice Age’ films. Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers there’s another — and that she’s a she — he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it’s far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life’s many wonders. ‘Rio’ brings together a menagerie of vivid characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.
John Powell is scoring the film with contributions of Bossa Nova master musician Sergio Mendes and Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas).
Rio hits theaters on April 8th 2011.