Good Views (What’s new in video): ‘Soul Surfer’; ‘Rio’
Jesse Eisenberg of “The Social Network” and Anne Hathaway of “The Princess Diaries” head the cast of big-name voice actors for this pleasant, if predictable, animated family film. Mr. Eisenberg provides the voice for Blu, a rare blue macaw who ends up in Minnesota as the beloved pet of a girl named Linda.
Fifteen years later, a domesticated Blu is lonely for a mate. Through a series of circumstances, he and Linda learn that the only female blue macaw is in Rio de Janeiro. While Blu makes it to Rio, he and Linda are separated, and Blu discovers he doesn’t know how to fly.
The movie offers plenty of messages about freedom and being who you are, no matter what your background. Unlike the Pixar films, which have something for viewers of every age, the bright colors and fast pace of “Rio” likely will please small children but leave teens and adults only mildly amused.
Extras on the Blu-ray combo pack include music videos, deleted scenes and brief features about the movie’s main characters.
A lively bit of animated fluff, “Rio” dances to a pleasant but fairly ordinary tune. MPAA Rating: PG for some slightly crude humor.
News & Notes
Hoping to give its handheld 3-D gaming system a boost in time for the holiday season, Nintendo announced that it will slash the price of the unit by one-third, effective Aug. 12.
Variety reports that the price for the Nintendo 3DS will go from $250 to $170. In an attempt to avoid a major backlash from consumers who bought when the device was released in April, Nintendo said it will give those consumers 20 free downloads from the company’s eShop - 10 for the 3DS and 10 for the Game Boy Advance.
*Joe Barber is the entertainment editor for WTOP-FM and a critic-panelist for WETA-TV’s “Around Town.”
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