Rio 2 (Official App for the Movie)

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Games shine, but movie summary lacks pizazz.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Story navigation is simple, and the coloring pages keep kids coloring in the lines. Game difficulty varies. Monkey Mash is easy to play. Sky Soccer includes trajectory guides to make it more accessible. Fruit Crusher is unpredictable. Sometimes you can smash the fruit; sometimes it doesn't work.

Violence & Scariness

The bad guys, Nigel the evil cockatoo and Gabi the poisonous dart frog, scheme to hit Blu with a poisoned dart. The storybook violence is much less dramatic than it is on the big screen.

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A link to other apps is accessible only through a kid-lock screen that asks for a parent's birth year. The app is a movie tie-in and appears along with other heavily marketed movie tie-ins.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rio 2 (Official App for the Movie) includes a storybook summarizing the plot plus three games and a coloring book. Though the story is told from Blu's perspective, the reader is not the voice from the movie. The dramatic climax, when an evil cockatoo and his poisonous dart-frog sidekick try to hurt Blu, is much less frightening in the book than on the big screen, so even kids too young for the movie can enjoy the app version. The app also includes three Rio-themed mini-games (Sky Soccer, Monkey Mash, and Fruit Crusher) and a coloring book.

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What's it about?

Blu and Jewel have settled in to family life with their three children when they find out there are even more blue macaws living in the Amazon, and they head off on an adventure. The narrated story includes screenshots from the movie. Kids also can play Monkey Mash, wherein they tap the monkeys as they appear while avoiding tapping the dog; Sky Soccer, wherein they help Blu kick the soccer ball past the defense into the net; or Fruit Crusher, wherein they shoot to match fruits. The coloring book includes six pictures, a full color palette, and five tools plus stickers and an eraser.

Is it any good?

RIO 2 (OFFICIAL APP FOR THE MOVIE) includes a lot of content that will entertain a wide age range of kids. Preschoolers who may not be ready for the full-length movie can get an overview of the story and characters, and they can color pictures of characters using the smart coloring tool that keeps them coloring in the lines. Older kids familiar with the movie might miss Blu's voice as narrator and the humor and drama of the full-length movie, but they'll appreciate the fun mini-games and the zoom feature on the coloring pages that lets them get up close and detailed. The high scores list may motivate kids to keep playing and challenging themselves (or their parents).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Blu and Jewel's kids -- Tiago, Carla, and Bia -- all are good at something. What are you good at? If you were in a talent show, what would you do?

  • Parents can access more Rio-themed activities and work sheets on Cupcake Digital's website, linked to in the parent section.

  • Compare and contrast the book app and the movie. What was your favorite part of the movie that wasn't in the book?

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