Some sequels just don't live up to the original; but in this case, RIO 2 seems more colorful and a whole lot busier. Blu(Jesse Eisenberg)and Jewel(Anne Hathaway)have spent several years in Rio with their active three kids.
Jewel tries to convince Blu that the children should enlighten their knowledge by traveling and they do get the chance. Blu's former owner and best friend Linda(Leslie Mann)and her ornithologist husband, Tulio(Rodrigo Santoro)are on expedition in the Amazon and discover Spix Macaws. Blu and family head to the Amazon to help in the search for the secret paradise home of the allusive macaws. When a flock is found in the jungle, Jewel meets her long lost father, Eduardo(Andy Garcia). Eduardo immediately is not too impressed with the domesticated Blu and tries to train him to fit in with the flock. When Blu tries to pick a Brazil nut for Jewel, by happenstance he flies into the territory of the Spix Macaw's arch enemy, the Scarlett Macaw. Now Blu finds himself in the middle of a war. This can only lead to more adventure in the jungle.
The colorful animation and story is much better than the original. Some very funny situational comedy brings laughter to young and old. An all-star cast brings voice to likable characters; featured are: Jamie Foxx, Jemaine Clement, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Miguel Ferrer and George Lopez.