Fox Plans CG Animated “Rio” Trip

20th Century Fox Animation has greenlit Blue Sky Studios’s 3-D digital animated pic “Rio” reports Variety.

The story centers on a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small-town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Saldanha (“Ice Age: The Meltdown”) will direct. Chris Jenkins (“Surf’s Up”) and Bruce Anderson (“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”) will produce.

An April 8th 2011 release date has been set.