This is not going to be a normal post, but I thought I'd do a movie review on the movie, "Rio." I couldn't help myself in wanting to go to this movie being that it was about a parrot! :)
I was quite disturbed at at least a couple of things though. First of all, it showed the little girl "weaning" Blu on a bottle... which I know is just a way for the "public" to understand. The biggest "No-No" I saw was when "Linda" gave Blu some hot cocoa!!! I was like, "Nooooooo!!!!" Obviously, the animal consultants in this film have no idea about birds if they think that it is ok to even "toy" with the idea of giving a bird chocolate. It also seemed that Blu had an inappropriately size and shaped cage, though he did seem to barely spend any time in it from how he interacted with his owner.
The underlying theme of the movie, I felt, had to do with the idea that birds are meant to be wild. However, I did love the different perspectives that Blu and "Jewel" (the wild female) gave in their points of view about what life should be like (pet vs. wild/freedom).
If you are expecting the animals to talk, yes, they do to each other, but they are good about when they have the animals interacting with humans, it's not the animals "talking" to them, but their actual squawks or animal noises. :)
All in all, I laughed and enjoyed the film despite the fact that I do think that it can give the wrong impression about the work it takes to own a parrot. My only fear is that uninformed people will get parrots unknowingly not understanding the work it takes to have a long-term, life-long relationship with a bird.