Nigel, the smart villainous cockatoo that was left flightless in the worldwide hit “Rio” has caught the eye and heart of a toxic frog named Gabi (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) in the latest family adventure “Rio 2” from Blue Sky Studios.
In the new film, it’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture to the Amazon.
While Blu deals with rigors of jungle life, a disapproving father-in-law, and a potential rival for Jewel’s affections, yet another threat looms. Nigel, who suffered the most undignified of indignities at the end of “Rio,” is back. He’s followed Blu and Jewel to the Amazon, and now he’s hungry for payback. For Nigel, revenge is a dish best served cold…and with lots of blue feathers.
Nigel’s predominant passions are Shakespeare, alliteration, revenge, and attention,” says Jemaine Clement, the actor who voiced the villain bird. “He is still evil but Nigel really wants to return to acting. Sometimes that can affect his focus on evil-doing.”
Nigel’s dreams of show business glory take flight in a particularly telling moment. As he prepares to deal with Blu once and for all, Nigel instead ends up taking center stage, in disguise, at the auditions overseen by Nico, Pedro and Rafael. Nigel comes up with an act, on the fly, which sparks his inner artist. His rendition of the Gloria Gaynor standard “I Will Survive” (with special parody lyrics by Clement and co-screenwriter Yoni Brenner) is a big hit. In fact, Nigel is told he’s made the cut for the musical extravaganza!
Watch the show-stopping performance below:
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Presented by 20th Century Fox and distributed by Warner Bros., “Rio 2” in 3D and 2D will open nationwide in Philippine theaters on April 9!