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The Road To Rio
RIO was born from the imagination of filmmaker Carlos Saldanha, who co-directed or directed the animated hits "Ice Age,” "Robots,” "Ice Age: The Meltdown” and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” After completing work on the second "Ice Age” film – and during pre-production on "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” -- Saldanha came up with the idea that would ultimately blossom into RIO. He wanted to write a love letter to his hometown of Rio – with a story about a nerdy, highly domesticated bird who goes on the adventure of a lifetime in that wondrous world. "I spent years working on the ‘Ice Age' films and had a great time in that world and living with those wonderful characters,” Saldanha explains. "RIO is an even more personal journey for me.” Adds producer John C. Donkin: "Carlos' passion for the project, and to take us into this world he envisioned, was contagious. Everything you'll see on screen began with that passion.”

To fully realize the scope and breadth of this magical world and vivid characters, Saldanha brought together an all-star voice cast, led by Oscar® nominees Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar and Grammy®-winner Jamie Foxx, acclaimed musical artist, actor-musician Jemaine Clement, comedic actress Leslie Mann, and actor-comedian-talk show host George Lopez. Additionally, Saldanha and his teams at Blue Sky Studios created cutting-edge tools of animation and 3D to create an immersive experience.

The filmmakers further envelop the action – and audiences – with a combination of Brazilian sounds and contemporary American music. The soundtrack features a stellar musical cast led by (of the Black Eyed Peas), Jamie Foxx, Bebel Gilberto, Taio Cruz, Ester Dean, Siedah Garrett, Jemaine Clement, and famed Brazilian percussionist Carlinhos Brown, along with film composer John Powell – all performing under the guidance of Brazilian music legend and RIO's executive music producer, Sergio Mendes.

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