Rio 2, a sequel to the Rio franchise, was released in theatres in 2014. At first glance, the movie is about reuniting the blue macaw family, but this movie holds a more powerful message. This movie has a hidden message for us environmental enthusiasts. Rio 2 talks about the human impact that leads to the « extinction » of the blue macaws.
Blu and Jewel are thought to be the last of the blue macaws living in the world, so they promptly try to repopulate. The movie starts with the introduction of their three kids, Bia, Carla, and Tiago. The chicks are slowly turning more and more into humans than birds. Jewel fears her kids losing touch of their bird side, so she suggests that they visit their place of origin, the Amazon Jungle. They quickly find out that the Amazon Jungle is filled with the once extinct blue macaw species and that their old foe Nigel is alive and hungry for revenge.
The movie’s main plot is about the blue bird family trying to fit in with its predecessors, but it has a much deeper message. Rio 2 talks about a human ran corporation threatening to destroy their home with steam shovels and deforestation. Throughout the movie, Nigel seems like the real villain, but the real menace is Big Boss and his crew. Big Boss and the birds have a clash towards the end of the movie.
Big Boss is introduced as an illegal logger, and a crook whose only goal is to make money. He does not tolerate anyone getting in his way and has no regard for the destruction of nature. The plan was to use the rain forest land to build roads and industrial plants for the cost of the extinction of the blue macaws. Big Boss was called upon by his contractor to explode and demolish a massive part of the forest to expand into new territories illegally. They intended for this whole operation to fly under the radar, but as soon as the couple releases the message about the blue macaws, he knew it would bring attention to the rain forest. This only rushes the process and the harming of the terrain. He makes it his goal to stop Linda and Tulio (the couple) from finding out about their plan by any means.
Link between the real world
The rainforest contains some huge lands which corporations will try to profit off. Many of you probably don’t know, but the blue macaw was once a species used to roam our earth, but the deforestation of their specialized habitat caused the extinction of these beautiful creatures. This last scene was created to bring attention to the plight of endangered species everywhere and the massive amount of deforestation in Brazil.
According to National Geographic, Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and deforestation threatens species including the orangutan, Sumatran tiger, and many species of birds. Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and retains heat at night.
We should retain from this that some people don’t care for others and what huge impact they can have. The environment plays a significant effect on our lives, and yet we take it for granted. Our forest’s continuing mass destruction will catch up to us sooner or later; we should preserve and control deforestation. The countless number of creatures getting harmed in the process should also get more recognition and be studied more before jumping into cutting down trees.