An Exclusive Interview with Rio Director Carlos Saldanha

For many years, Pixar and DreamWorks Animation have dominated the 3D animation field with Blue Sky Studios seemingly fine with the success of their “Ice Age” franchise and an occasional non-“Ice Age” hit like Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a who . With Rio , they may have finally cracked the magic formula that has allowed Pixar to receive so much critical acclaim and Oscar kudos for their animation work. (Two of Blue Sky’s Scrat shorts have been nominated for Oscars but none of their features.)

Carlos Saldanha, the director of all three “Ice Age” movies, decided to tell a more personal story taking place in his homeland of Brazil. Rio follows the story of Blu, a rare blue macaw voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, who lives comfortably in Minnesota with his master…

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