Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Gracinha Leporace, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.Am, Phil Miler, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jemaine Clement, Jake T. Austin, George Lopez
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Animated adventure comedy directed by Carlos Saldanha. The story follows a macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), who never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda (Leslie Mann). Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel (Anne Hathaway), a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Linda takes Blu to meet her. However, after animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, the pair begin a perilous adventure back to freedom, and Linda.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 90)
[Linda places his hot chocolate in front of him]
Blu: Ah! This is the life. The perfect marshmallow to coco ratio.
[counting the marshmallow’s]
Blu: One, two, three, four, five, six. Mmm.
[takes a sip of his coco]
[Chloe, the goose throws a snow ball at the window interrupting Blu drinking his coco]
Chloe: Well, well, if it isn’t my favorite nerd bird.
Blu: Very funny. Real mature!
Alice: Hey, peck! Where you migrating to this year, huh? The breakfast nook?
[Chloe and Alice laugh and throw another snow ball at the window]
Blu: Throw all the snow balls you want. I’m protected by this magical forcefield, called glass! It what keeps us so toasty and warm in here. While you guys out there are freezing your…
[he looks up and sees Chloe and Alice showing their behinds to him, making fun]
Tulio: I’m not really built for this weather.
Linda: Oh, are you looking for some books?
Tulio: Books? No! No! I have come six thousand miles, looking for him.
[pointing to Blu]
[as Tulio is making strange bird like noises in front of him]
Blu: Linda! Little help here! Linda?
Linda: Wow! You’re actually communicating!
Tulio: Yes! Yes! I introduced myself and shook my tail feathers counter clockwise, thus referring to his dominance.
Blu: I did not get that at all.
Tulio: You know your macaw is a very special bird. In fact, as far as we know, Blu is the last male of his kind.
Tulio: Yes. And recently we’ve found a female and our hope is to bring the two of them together to save their species.
Linda: Oh! Well, yeah! Sure! When can she come over?
Tulio: Oh, no, no! She’s in Brazil. Blu must come to Rio de Janeiro.
Linda: [laughing] Rio. Brazil. Oh, no! No. No. No. No. No. No! I never let Blu out of my site. He needs me.
Tulio: Oh, no! You misunderstand. It’s all arranged. You will be with him every step of the way. And I will be with you.
Linda: Um. Look, I know you’re doing your job, but I can’t, well, Blu is very particular. And we have our little routine here. And we’re not big on travel. Heck, he doesn’t even fly!
Tulio: But of course he can fly.
[he takes Blu and inspects him]
Tulio: He’s a perfect specimen.
Linda: Uh, what you are doing?
Tulio: Don’t worry their natural instinct’s always to fly.
[he lets Blu go so that he will fly]
Linda: Wait! Wait! Wait! No! No!
[Blu crashes on to the ground]
Tulio: Well, almost always.
[to Blu after picking him up from his fall]
Linda: Are you okay?
Tulio: Perhaps he’s too domesticated
Linda: It was very nice of you to stop in and squawk around and throw my bird. But now it’s time for you to go.
Tulio: Well, I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry. But wait, wait! Linda! Linda!
[Linda walks him out of her shop]
Tulio: This could be our last chance.
Linda: Have a safe flight.
[she shuts her shop door in his face and walks away]
Tulio: Linda, please listen to me! If we don’t do this, his whole species will be gone!
[he throws his business card through her shop door post flap]
Tulio: Just think about it.
Blu: Natural instincts. There’s nothing natural about being thrown halfway across a room. Well, I’ll show him.
[reading a book about flying]
Blu: I can do this. I just have to work out the physics. I have quadrated by vector angles. I have adjusted for wind shear. Positive reinforcement. Good. Okay. Let’s see. Flaps open.
[opens his wings]
Blu: Perfect. Landing gear.
[wiggles his claws]
Blu: Check. Tail flaps.
[flaps his tail]
Blu: Operational. And actually not bad.
[as he prepares to fly for the first time]
Blu: This is it! Let’s fly! Just keep it simple. Thrust, lift, drag and wait. Thrust, lift, drag, wait.
[speeds up to get to the of the table]
Blu: Thrust, lift, drag, wait. Thrust, lift, drag, wait!
[gets scared and tries to stop himself, but instead falls from the table]
Linda: I promised I would always look out for you, didn’t I? And have I ever broken a promise. I’m scared too. But I wouldn’t make you do this if it wasn’t the right thing to do. What do you say, Blu?
[she holds out her hand in a punch, Blu touches his beak and punches his claw to her hand in agreement
Linda: That’s my big, brave boy. And we’ll be back home before we even know it.
[Nico and Pedro approach Blu]
Blu: I am not from here.
Pedro: Hey, Nico, he’s a tourist!
Nico: Funny, you don’t look like one.
Blu: Really? I don’t!
Pedro: Except you got pigeon doodle on your nose.
[Blu wipes the sun cream from his beak]
Blu: Oh! No! No! This is just SPF three thousand.
Nico: So, are you here for carnival?
Blu: Oh, actually, I’m just here to meet, uh, a girl.
Nico: Aahhh! A girl!
Nico: Little word of advice. You, make the first move. Brazilian ladies respond to confidence.
Blu: Oh! Right!
Pedro: Yeah! It’s all about swagger. You got to puff out that chest. Swing that tail. Eyes narrow, like some kind of crazy love hawk!
[he squawks like a hawk]
Nico: But first, we got to bust you out!
Pedro: Yeah! I’m a pop that cage open like a soda can.
[Pedro tries desperately to break the metal bar on the cage Blu’s in]
Blu: No! No! That’s okay.
[Pedro, exhausted, stops pounding the metal bar]
Nico: You call that popping’?
Pedro: Wooh! This thing’s robust!
Blu: No! No! No! Guys, really! I’m fine. The cage is great. Love the cage.
Nico: Oh, well. Suit yourself.
Pedro: Hey, don’t forget. Love hawk!
[he squawks and flies away with Nico]
[in Tulio’s bird lab]
Linda: So, where’s Jewel?
Tulio: Oh, we have a special place for Jewel. She’s a very spirited bird.
Aviary Intern: Aahh! I’ll say.
[he turns and his face is covered in scratches and bruises]
Blu: She did that? Ah, charming! Okay, I want to go home now!
[as he hears Blu squawk with fear]
Tulio: No, no! Don’t worry. I’m going to make you looks irresistible.
[as he sets eyes on Jewel for the first time]
Blu: Oh, she’s beautiful!
[Blu is mesmerized as she flies towards him]
Blu: What were they talking about? She’s like and angel. And angel, who’s getting really close!
[suddenly Jewel crashes into him]
[Blu tries to speak as Jewel is standing on him with one clawed foot holding his throat]
Blu: You’re standing on my throat!
[she gets off him]
Jewel: Oh, you’re an American!
[Blu clears his throat]
Blu: Thanks. I need my throat for talking. So, thank you.
Jewel: You look like me!
Blu: Oh! Hi! Hi! My name is Blu. You know, like the cheese with the mold on it, that smells really bad.
[to himself as he realizes what he’s just said]
Blu: That’s stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
Jewel: Are you ready?
Blu: For what?
[he suddenly thinks she’s referring to them mating]
Blu: Oh! Oh! Wow! Uuh! Okay.
Blu: Confidence. Crazy, love hawk!
[he goes towards her]
Jewel: All right.
[Blu tries to kiss Jewel]
Jewel: Woh! Hey!
[she pushes him away]
Jewel: What are you doing?
Blu: What? What? What you wanted me to! But just for arguments sake, uh, what are, what are you doing?
Jewel: I’m trying to escape!
[she points to the air conditioning vent]
Blu: Oh! Yeah! Escape! That’s where I was going with that thing I just did…
Jewel: Wait! Wait! Did you actually think we were going to kiss?!
Blu: No! No! No! No!
Jewel: We just met!
Blu: I mean, I know how my feathers look. But I’m not that kind of bird.
[just then a disco ball comes down, the lights are dimmed and Lionel Richie’s ‘Say you, Say me’ starts playing]
Blu: Okay, I had nothing to do with that. But, that’s actually a pretty good song.
[Jewel gives him a look as he starts singing to the music]
Blu: Naturally. Yeah! Sing it, Lionel.
[Jewel suddenly jumps onto him]
[Linda watches on the monitor as Blu and Jewel struggle, thinking they’re mating]
Linda: Wow! That was fast.
Tulio: Lionel Richie! Works every time. We should probably give them some privacy.
Blu: Excuse me! Please! I am trying to sleep!
Jewel: [sarcastically] Oh, I’m sorry sleepy head. I’m trying to escape!
Blu: Escape! Why? This cage is awesome.
Jewel: The cage! Oh, what was I thinking? I wouldn’t expect a pet to understand.
Blu: Pet? Did you just call me a pet? For the record, I am not a pet! I am a companion. And you know what? Do whatever you want! Because tomorrow morning, Lind will come for me and this whole nightmare will be over.
Jewel: Incredible! You would rather be with a human than with your own kind!
Blu: Well, that human has given me love and affection for the past fifteen years. Whereas my own kind tried to strangle me after fifteen seconds.
Jewel: Yeah, well, because of them, I’ve lost everything. You can’t trust them!
Blu: Of course you can trust humans!
[he hears Jewel make a noise]
Blu: Jewel? Jewel?
[he sees a man hover over him]
Blu: Oh! Hi there.
[the man puts a sheet over Blu’s head]
Tulio: Nice of you to join me for dinner. I often eat alone. Oh, uh, because, of course I work.
Linda: [laughing] I thought I was the bird nerd until I met you.
Tulio: Yes. Right. Do you have a favorite bird?
Linda: Well, obviously I’m a blue macaw kind of gal.
Tulio: [laughing] That makes sense. They are very handsome birds.
Linda: Actually, it’s the brains I’m more attracted to. I’m not so impressed by fancy feathers.
Tulio: I know exactly what you mean. My favorite bird is a spotted owl. I’ve always been mesmerized by those big, round, intelligent eyes.
[he looks at Linda’s eyes which are big, round and intelligent looking]
[crying after finding out Blu has been taken]
Linda: This is all my fault!
Tulio: No, Linda! Linda! Please! This is not your fault.
Linda: You’re right. It’s not my fault. It’s your fault!
Linda: With your little bird talk! And that whole ‘last of his species’! Well, you know what? Squawk, squawkaty, squawk, squawk! Haah!
[realizing what she’s done]
Linda: I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to curse!
Tulio: I don’t understand. Sylvio is the best guard in the business!
[Linda and Tulio watch as Sylvio gets questioned by a police officer]
Police Officer: So let me get this straight? You were attacked by a little white bird?
Sylvio: Yes! With this rag!
[he holds up a small white rag]
Sylvio: He held it to my mouth, like this!
[he holds the rag against his mouth, takes a breath and faints to the ground, the police offer catches the rag, takes a sniff of it and also faints]
Linda: We’re doomed!
[Blu chants to himself with fear whilst trapped in a cage]
Blu: Okay. Okay. There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home! Oh, how I wish I was back in my own cage, with my mirror and my swing and my little bell! Oh! How I miss my bell.
Jewel: Shh! Play dead.
[she drops to the floor still playing dead]
Blu: I don’t need to play dead! I’m about to have a heart attack!
Jewel: Just do it!
Blu: Oh, fine!
[he fakes a fall and starts twitching]
Jewel: Stop twitching!
Blu: Come on! It’s the twitching that sells it.
[a boy places the cage holding Blu and Jewel on the table in front of Marcel]
Marcel: Well, what do you know? Good work, Fernando. You see, boys. What did I tell you about this one?
Tipa: That you were going to pay him half as much as you said?
[Marcel slaps Tipa in the face to shut him up]
Marcel: No! You idiot! That he reminds me of myself when I was that age. Smart, resourceful. Here you go kid.
[he hands the boy some money]
Fernando: Hey! This is only half of what you promised me!
Marcel: Ah! Shut up, kid!
[he takes the cover off the cage to see Blu and Jewel looking dead]
Marcel: What the…?
[he picks up Jewel]
Marcel: I thought I told you I needed these birds alive! Tell me, Fernando, does this look alive to you? Huh?
[just then Jewel bites Marcel’s thumb and flies away]
[after Jewel has been caught and placed back in the cage with Blu]
Blu: That was your plan? To take off and leave me? Jee, thanks!
Jewel: Well, why didn’t you follow me?
[doesn’t reply as he’s too embarrassed to admit he can’t fly]
Fernando: So, what’s going to happen to them?
Marcel: Don’t worry. We’re going to find good homes for them. Now, go home to your mama.
Fernando: But I don’t have a mama!
[Fernando shakes his head]
Tipa: Ah! Can we keep him, boss?
[he shuts the door in Fernando’s face]
[hearing Marcel talking to his men through the door]
Tipa: So, Marcel, what’s really going to happen to those birds?
Marcel: Ah! Stuffed, eaten! Who cares! All I know is we’re going to be rich!
[trapped in their cage in a room full of the other trapped animals]
Blu: Okay. Pull it together. The key is not to panic.
Jewel: I’m not panicking!
Blu: I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to me. But it’s okay, because any minute now, Linda will find us.
Jewel: Oh, great! And then she’ll stick us behind another set of bars, right?
Blu: Yeah! I mean, no!
Jewel: Look, pet cages might work for you, but I don’t want to belong to anyone.
[jumping onto the cage Blu and Jewel are being held in]
Nigel: Oh, I know I’m not a pretty birdy. But I used to be quite a looker.
[shows them a poster with himself looking dashing on it]
Nigel: The star! Lights. Camera. Action!
[he starts singing]
Nigel: I was striking, suave, ambitious. Feet to beak. So bodylicious. Now I am wild. I am villainous and vicious. Oh! And malicious. I had it all. A TV show. Women too! I was tall, over one foot two! And then they got a pretty parakeet to fill my shoes. That’s why I’m so evil. Why I do what I do!
[a chorus of birds starts singing]
Chorus of birds: He was a super star!
Nigel: So young and vital.
Chorus of birds: He’s ghastly!
Nigel: A South American Idol!
Chorus of birds: He’s a suspicious bird!
Nigel: Who said that about me?
Chorus of birds: A very vicious bird.
Nigel: I’ll have you rotisseried! I’m a feathery freak, with a beak. A bird murder! You think you’re badder than me. I never head of ya. I’m evil. I’ll fill your cheese with evils!
[continues his singing to Blu and Jewel]
Nigel: I poop on people and I blame it on seagulls.
[we see some bird poop with a seagull nearby]
Nigel: It was him.
Chorus of birds: He’s a nasty bird!
Nigel: I’m invincible.
Chorus of birds: He’s ghastly!
Nigel: I’m unmincable. I’m unwashable. Unrinsable. Like an abandoned school, I have no principle. Full of Brazilian birds. All eighty million birds. I tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to bake you.
[to the chorus of birds who continue singing]
Nigel: Shut up now. Shut up!
[the chorus of birds stop singing]
Nigel: It’s just me.
[to Blu and Jewel]
Nigel: I will make you ugly too! Sweet nightmares.
[laughs wickedly and flies away]
Blu: Not cool man! Scary, but not cool!
Blu: Hey, are you okay?
Jewel: No. I am definitely not okay!
[she starts throwing herself at the cage bars]
Blu: Woh! Woh! Woh! Wait! Wait! What are you doing?
Jewel: Getting out of here! Are you going to help me or what?
Blu: Actually all the survival guides say to sit and wait. And help will come.
Jewel: No one is coming!
[she throws herself more violently at the cage]
Jewel: We’re on our own and if we just sit here, we’re going to die!
[as Jewel is continuing to throw herself around the cage]
Blu: Stop! Stop! Why don’t you just open the door?
[he slides open the cage door with his beak]
Jewel: Are you kidding me?
Blu: What? It’s just a standard flip slide door.
[Jewel flies out of the cage and grabs hold of Blu, but Blu grabs the cage with his beak]
Jewel: What are you doing?
Blu: I can’t…
Jewel: What? You can’t what?
[Marcel’s men open the door to catch them in the act of escaping and Blu let’s go of the cage]
Blu: …fly! I can’t fly!
[they both fall on to washing lines and start sliding across it]
Jewel: You couldn’t have told me this before now?!
Blu: It didn’t matter before now!
[they crash into a wall]
Jewel: I hate you!
[after they crash land to the ground]
Jewel: Is there anything else I need to know?
Blu: Yes. I can’t fly. I pick my beak. And once in a while I pee in the birdbath! Happy?
[as they’re trying to get away from Marcel’s men]
Blu: Wait! Listen to me! Flying may not be my thing, but walking is! Follow my lead. Inside leg, outside leg.
[he starts leading the way walking]
Jewel: Yeah. Okay. Got it.
[as they are running away from Marcel’s men]
Jewel: Aw, this is great! I’m chained to the only bird in the world who can’t fly!
Blu: Actually, they’re about forty species of flightless birds.
Blu: No, ducks can fly.
Jewel: No! Duck!
[referring to them ducking under a cart they’re about to encounter]
[as they’re walking in the jungle]
Blu: Oh! Oh! What was that?
Jewel: A stick.
Blu: Ah! And that?
Jewel: It’s just a rock.
Blu: Oh, right. Yeah.
[Blu stops and shudders as he feels something on his back]
Blu: Is that a spider on my back?
Jewel: Will you quit it! It’s just leaf! Turn around!
[Blu turns and we see a huge spider on his back]
Jewel: Oh! Um!
[Jewel quickly hits the spider off of Blu’s back]
Jewel: Leaf! Told ya!
Jewel: Now, uh, just come on! We need to find a safe place to spend the night.
Blu: Safe? Safe? We are in the jungle! You know when people say ‘it’s a jungle out there’, well I’m pretty sure they don’t mean it as a good thing.
Jewel: Look, I hate to break it to you, but this is where our kind naturally lives.
Blu: Hey! Hey! Don’t talk to me about nature. I watch Animal Planet. I know all about the food chain.
[just then a bug flying near him gets eaten by a frog sticking his tongue out to grab it]
Blu: Ah! You see! You see! Out here, I’m just an hors d’oeuvres! Nothing more than a feathery spring roll.
Jewel: That is why we stay in the trees and not on the ground.
[Jewel points to a large tree ahead of them]
Jewel: After you.
Blu: Oh! No, I don’t think so. Nuh-uh! No. I would feel much more comfortable in something man-made. Um, hey, how about up there?
[pointing to a man-made tree house]
Jewel: I can’t believe I have to drag your clumsy butt up there.
Blu: Drag me? Watch and learn.
[he leads the way in climbing the tree house dragging Jewel behind him]
Jewel: Blu? Just wait! Woh! Woh!
Blu: Who’s dragging who’s butt now, huh?
Jewel: [sarcastically] Ha-ha. Very funny.
[as Blu reaches the top of the tree house]
Blu: You see? Who needs flying?
Jewel: Birds. Birds need flying. Flying is, it’s freedom and not having to rely on anyone. Don’t you want that?
Blu: Mm, I don’t know. Sounds a little lonely.
Jewel: Get some sleep.
Blu: Uh, I’m probably going to be up for a little while. Well, because I’m still on Minnesota time.
Jewel: Good night.
Blu: Good night, Jewel.
[he looks out into the sky]
Blu: Good night, Linda.
Marcel: Do you think I am an idiot?
Marcel: There were two birds, chained together in a cage. How could you lose them?
Tipa: They outsmarted us, boss! But don’t worry, we’ll get them back. I have a plan.
Marcel: Oh, great! What are you going to do? Wander the city calling ‘here birdy-birdy, here birdy!’.
Tipa: Well, anything sounds dumb when you say it like that.
[Nigel flies over onto Marcel’s shoulder]
Marcel: This bird is ten times smarter than the two of you combined.
Tipa: Yeah, well if he’s so smart, then why don’t you put him in charge?
Marcel: I am putting him in charge.
Armando: Stop suggesting things!
Marcel: Go find them, Nigel.
[Nigel flies out of the window in search of Blu and Jewel]
Total Quotes: 90