DVD: Rio (U)

"I can't fly, I pick my beak, and once in a while I pee in the birdbath!" confesses Blu, a neurotic blue macaw, to Jewel, a rather more feisty one, in this sweet-natured, occasionally droll animation.

Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are charming as the lovebirds who are hounded by scoundrels (including Jemaine Clement's deliciously rotten cockatoo, Nigel) in Rio de Janeiro. The domesticated Blu has been living a sheltered existence in a bookshop in small-town Minne-sota, before his nervous owner (Leslie Mann) agrees to take her precious bird to Brazil for breeding. Jewel, the last remaining female macaw, has been living a rougher captive life in the City of God. Not as inventive as the recent Rango, but still quite a lot of fun.