Anne Hathaway and NPH Providing Voices for Blue Sky's Rio
by Alex Billington
October 23, 2009
We don't always report on voice casting for animated movies, but this one sounds interesting. Blue Sky Studios' next feature film is called Rio, about a nerdy macaw who breaks out of his small-town Minnesota cage and heads to the exotic Summer Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro. Fox has cast Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris and Rodrigo Santoro as the voice talent for the film in order for it to be ready for an April, 2011 release. Brazilian-born Carlos Saldanha, who has been developing the project for years and who also directed most of Blue Sky's films including Ice Age 1 through 3 and Robots, will be directing Rio.
As with DreamWorks Animation as well, I'm always interested in Blue Sky's newest original projects, but they never seem to hold up in the end. The first Ice Age is the only film out of the five that Blue Sky has made with Fox that I've actually ever enjoyed. Although I may not like them, their films do make a lot of money, with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs becoming one of the biggest box office earners worldwide this year. I'll admit I'm interested in Rio just because I like the concept and sounds like it could be fun. And the voice cast, well, I don't have much to say about them just yet. I'll wait until we see more from this first.