Synopsis: In Rio de Janeiro, baby macaw, Blu, is captured by dealers and smuggled to the USA. While driving through Moose Lake, Minnesota, the truck that is transporting Blu accidentally drops Blu's box on the road. A girl, Linda, finds the bird and raises him with love. Fifteen years later, Blu is a domesticated and intelligent bird that does not fly and lives a comfortable life with bookshop owner Linda. Out of the blue, clumsy Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, visits Linda and explains that Blu is the last male of his species, and he has a female called Jewel in Rio de Janeiro. He invites Linda to bring Blu to Rio so that he and Jewel can save their species. Linda travels with Blu and Tulio to Rio de Janeiro and they leave Blu and Jewel in a large cage in the institute where Tulio works. While they are having dinner, smugglers break into the institute and steal Blu and Jewel to sell them. Linda and Tulio look everywhere for Blu, who is chained to Jewel and hidden in a slum. Meanwhile, Jewel and
Director(s): Carlos Saldanha
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 29 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


All the birds of a feather

Do what we love most of all

We are the best at rhythm and laughter

That's why we love Carnaval!

Call so clear we can sing to

Sun and nature's big moon

Dance to the music

Passion and love

Show us the best you can do!

Everyone here is on fire

Get up and join in the fun

Dance with a stranger

Romance and danger

Magic can happen

For real in Rio

All by itself!

You can't see

it coming

You can't find it anywhere else!

It's real in Rio

And know something else

You can't feel

it happening

You can't feel it all by yourself!

It's okay. It's okay.

I'll take care of you.

Stupid clock.

Good morning, Blu.

Come here!

Tyler Blu Gunderson!

You know these vitamins

are good for you.

What's this?


Enjoy the new book!

Thanks, Linda!

Bye, now.

Yes, Mom, I'd love to visit,

but who would take care of Blu?

Mom! They don't have kennels for parrots.

Here's your hot chocolate, Blu!

Just how you like it.

Plus, I don't trust

leaving Blu with just anyone.

No, I don't have a bird-sitter.

This is the life.

The perfect marshmallow-to-cocoa ratio.

One, two, three, four, five, six.

Well, well, if it isn't

my favorite nerd bird.

Very funny. Real mature.

Hey, pet!

Where you migrating to this year?

The breakfast nook?

Throw all the snowballs you want.

I'm protected by this magical force-field

called glass.

It's what keeps us so toasty and warm

in here

while you guys are out there

freezing your...


Are you all right?

I'm not really built for this weather.

Are you looking for some books?

Books? No. No.

I have come 6,000 miles looking for him.

Doctor of Ornithology?

He's magnificent.

Linda? Little help here. Linda!


You're actually communicating.

Yes! I introduced myself and shook

my tail feathers counter-clockwise

thus deferring to his dominance.

I did not get that at all.

So, Dr. Monteiro...

No "Doctor," please, just call me Tulio.

You know,

your macaw is a very special bird.

In fact, as far as we know,

Blu is the last male of his kind!



and recently, we found a female

and our hope is to bring the two of them

together to save their species.

Well, yeah, sure, when can she come over?

No, no. She is in Brazil.

Blu must come to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio? Brazil?

No. No, no, no.

I never let Blu out of my sight.

He needs me.

No. You misunderstand.

It's all arranged.

You will be with him

every step of the way.

And I will be with you.

Look, I know you're doing your job,

but I can't...

Well, Blu is very particular.

And we have our little routine here

and we're not big on travel.

Heck, he doesn't even fly!

But of course he can fly!

He's a perfect specimen.

What are you doing?

Don't worry, their natural instincts

always take over.

Wait, wait, wait! No, no!

Well, almost always.


What kind of doctor are you?

Are you okay?

Perhaps, he's too domesticated.

It was very nice of you to stop in

and squawk around

and throw my bird.

But now it's time for you to go.

I'm very sorry. I'm very sorry, but...

Wait, wait, Linda. Linda!

This could be our last chance.

Have a safe flight.

Linda, please, listen to me.

If we don't do this,

his whole species will be gone!

Just think about it.

Natural instincts!

There is nothing natural about being

thrown halfway across the room.

Well, I'll show him.

I can do this.

I just have to work out the physics.

I have quadrated my vector angles.

I've adjusted for wind shear.

Positive reinforcement.


Okay, let's see.

Flaps open. Perfect.

Landing gear. Check.

Tail flaps. Operational.

And, actually, not bad.

This is it.

Let's fly.

Just keep it simple.

Thrust, lift, drag and weight.

Thrust, lift, drag, weight.

Thrust, lift, drag, weight.

Thrust, lift, drag... Wait!


I promised I would always look out for you,

didn't I?

And have I ever broken a promise?

I'm scared, too

but I wouldn't make you do this

if it wasn't the right thing to do.

What do you say, Blu?

That's my big, brave boy.

And we'll be back home

before we even know it.

Your turn, Blu!

You don't want to get beak-burn.

Whoa! What is going on here?

- You arrived in time for Carnaval!

- Carnaval?

Yes, it's the biggest party in the world.

You know,

a time to have fun and dance!

Oh, my!

Is she a performer?

No, in fact, she's my dentist.

Dr. Barbosa!

Don't forget to floss, Tulio!

You got it!

Come tomorrow night,

everyone will be dressed like that.

Not me.

Oh, right yeah.

I am not from here.

Hey, Nico, he's a tourist!

Funny, you don't look like one.

Really? I don't?

Many of the birds here

were rescued from smugglers.


Yes! And unfortunately,

the poor birds are often hurt

or even killed in the process.

But with proper care, they can be saved.

Look here.

This poor guy was found last night.

Hey, buddy! You're looking great today.

Much better, much better!

Get well soon!

So, where is Jewel?

We have a special place for Jewel.

She's a very spirited bird.

I'll say.

She did that?

Charming. Okay, I want to go home now.

No, no. Don't worry.

I'm going to make you look irresistible.

Help! Help! Let me out of here!


- Maybe I should...

- No, no. Give it a chance.



I come in peace.

Whoa. She's beautiful.

What were they talking about?

She's like an angel.

An angel who's getting really close...

You're standing on my throat.

You're an American.

Thanks. I need my throat for talking.

So, thank you.

You look like me.


Hi, my name is Blu.

Like the cheese with the mold on it.

You know, that smells really bad.

That's stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Come on. We don't have much time.

Wait, wait, wait.

- Are you ready?

- For what?

Wow. Okay.

Confidence. Crazy love-hawk.

All right.

Whoa, what are you doing?

What? What you wanted me to.

But just for argument's sake,

what are you doing?

I am trying to escape.

Yeah, escape, that's where I was going

with that thing I just did.

Wait, wait. Did you actually think

we were going to kiss?

- No! It's not what you think.

- We just met.

Oh, my.

I think they need a little help.

I know how my feathers look,

but I am not that kind of bird.

Okay, I had nothing to do with that.

But, you have to admit

it's actually a pretty good song.


Yeah, sing it, Lionel.

Wow. That was fast.

Lionel Richie works every time.

We should probably give them

some privacy.

I'm not so sure

I should leave Blu here alone.

No, don't worry.

Sylvio will keep an eye on them all night.

Besides, he's got Jewel.

Help me!

This is the final countdown to Carnaval!

Let's samba!

Come here, poor little birdie.

It's okay, I got you.

I got you.

Excuse me.

Please, I am trying to sleep.

I'm sorry, sleepy-head,

I'm trying to escape.

Escape? Why?

This cage is awesome.


What was I thinking?

I wouldn't expect a pet to understand.

Pet? Did you just call me a pet?

For the record, I am not a pet.

I am a companion.

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Don Rhymer

Don Rhymer (February 23, 1961 – November 28, 2012) was an American screenwriter and film producer. He graduated from James Madison University in 1982. He wrote movies like Big Momma's House, The Santa Clause 2, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, The Honeymooners, Deck the Halls, and the computer animated mockumentary Surf's Up. more…

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