RIO 2 (Carlos Saldanha). 101 minutes. Opens Friday (April 11). See listing. Rating: NN
Rio 2 looks like a tropical fruit smoothie that won't stop spinning in the blender.
The 3D animated sequel about a pack of blue macaws dancing their way from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon jungle presents a relentless sweep of bright colours impeccably choreographed to samba, R&B and show tunes.
Amidst all the revelry, the busy plot and characters garner as much attention as the wheels on a carnival truck.
Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway barely register in their return voicing Blu and Jewel, who along with their offspring take off for the Amazon to find more of their kind and learn how to live in the wild.
They have to contend with murderous illegal loggers who are secretly tearing down the rainforest, a vengeful cockatoo (Jemaine Clement reprising his villainous role from the original) and a tribe of territorial scarlet macaws ready to wage war over Brazil nuts.
There's so much going on that the movie feels like it's spinning more plates than it can handle.
None of those plates fall, however. They just get caught up in the airborne vortex of colour and music, propelled into an all-consuming void that steals away your energy and emotion and leaves you drained and confused before the final tune is sung.
Which should come in handy if you need to get the kids to bed on time.