- Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Jake T. Austin, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Brian Baumgartner, Carlos Ponce, Will i Am, Kate del Castillo, Bernardo de Paula
- Director: Carlos Saldanha
- Writers: Don Rhymer, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Sam Harper, Carlos Saldanha, Earl Richey Jones, Todd Jones
- Producers: Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin
- Casting: Christian Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Renato Falcão
- Editors: Harry Hitner, Randy Trager
- Music: John Powell
- Set Decoration: Melanie Martini
Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare species of blue macaw resident at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota, who is the last of his kind. When scientists learn that another macaw was spotted in South America and that the macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is female, they take him out of Minnesota and send him to Rio de Janeiro to meet her.
While there, he learns to confront his fear of flying in order to win her heart. Along the way, they get kidnapped by poachers to sell them to get a fortune. After they escape, they try to avoid the thieves and the thieves' pet cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) with help from Rafael, a wise Toucan (George Lopez); Luiz, a chainsaw "professional" bulldog (Tracy Morgan); Linda, Blu's owner (Leslie Mann); Fao, a barn owl (Wanda Sykes); Pedro, a redhead bird (will.i.am); and Nico, a small yellow canary (Jamie Foxx).
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Production Budget: $90 million
- Production Companies: Fox Filmes do Brasil, O2 Filmes, Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation
- Production Schedule: 2009-2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "After directing the prehistoric hijinks of the "Ice Age" franchise, Carlos Saldanha's next project is this CG-animated feature set in his home country of Brazil. Saldanha has said he wanted to make a film about Brazil from a Brazilian point of view and show people what it's like to visit the country for the first time - the colors, the diversity and the natural beauty.
Described as more musical, fun and colorful than the 'Ice' films, the story is a fairly straight forward piece with lessons about making one's own way in the world combined with a kidnap-escape subplot as the two lead blue macaw characters encounter all sorts of fellow avians around Rio de Janiero.
The general storyline is conventional, what separates this is the energy. The initial trailer showing off a fun out-of-control flying and hang gliding sequence was very promising. A follow-up and more conventional second preview wasn't quite as impressive, but a recent opening sequence clip was strong so it's tough to say how this will go."