That the film doesn’t need Blu so much is underscored when Nico, Pedro and pals set up Carnival auditions in the heart of the jungle. All the musical and animation stops are pulled out for a series of show-stopping numbers.
Meanwhile the illegal loggers log, Tulio and Linda protest, Jewel goes slightly wild, the kids go rogue, the Carnival auditions go overtime, Nigel shows up with his scraggly remaining feathers seriously ruffled, and Blu loses his GPS. Whatever is a very blue blue macaw to do?
In trying to fly too high, “Rio 2” does too much flailing and floundering to soar. At least the music never misses a beat.