Stars gather for launch of animated movie 'Rio'

The Associated Press, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:54am (PDT)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha is launching his new animated 3-D movie "Rio" featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg.

The Brazilian-based movie tells the story of Blu, a rare blue male macaw from Minnesota who travels to Rio de Janeiro after his owners learn that a female blue macaw has been discovered there.

Jesse Eisenberg is the voice behind Blu and Hathaway is the voice behind the female macaw, Jewel. Together, Blu and Jewel escape animal traffickers, fight with monkeys, and share other adventures as Blu learns to fly amid samba beats, sunny beaches and sweeping views of the city's Christ statue.

Saldanha launched the movie Tuesday.

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