Carlos Saldanha

‘Rio’ Cast and Crew Q&A Director Carlos Saldanha, musician Sergio Mendes, and actors Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, and Gorge Lopez discuss the upcoming animated film Cast and crew recently gathered at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater on the 20th Century Fox lot to give members of the press a chance to get an advanced look at some scenes from the upcoming 3D animated family film Rio. The film, which opens on April 15th, is a 3D animated adventure from the makers of the Ice Age saga. The film centers on a rare macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) that travels with his owner Linda (Leslie Mann) from Minnesota to Rio de Janeiro in order to meet another bird of his kind, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). But it's not love at first sight for these two lovebirds. An evil cockatoo named Nigel (Jemaine Clement) soon kidnaps them and their adventure begins. In order to survive, Blu will finally have to learn to fly. With the help of a toucan (George Lopez), a bulldog (Tracy Morgan), a redhead bird (Will i Am), and a yellow canary (Jamie Foxx) the two must escape and reunite Blu with Linda.

Oscar nominated actress, and this year's host, Anne Hathaway, plays Jewel the object of Blu's affections. The actress talked about her first meeting with the film's director and what convinced her to join the project. "What I remember from the first time I met Carlos is that he showed me visuals from the film. They were so breathtaking that they made me want to do the movie. He told me the story of this bird that didn't have much confidence but who was determined to learn how to fly. Then he showed me this beautiful picture of what he was intending to do and that one image filled me with so much joy that I decide to do the movie," Hathaway explained. "The other reason is because Carlos wrote me a great character. She is fun, feisty and free spirited. What I love about her is how she deals with flying. She knows how to fly and all she wants to do is fly. But she doesn't know how to love. She doesn't know how to let people in and so she has actually not known true freedom yet. We'll see how far she has to go to find love and who she'll love when the movie comes out," the actress hinted.

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