Rio The Movie: A Review & DVD Prize Pack Giveaway! #RioFriendshipDay


Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (June 14, 2011) – As summer heats up, spread your wings and celebrate with the funniest birds in town! The all-new comedy-adventure RIO comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. RIO brings together vivid characters and colorful backdrops amidst energizing Latin and contemporary tunes, creating the ultimate family-friendly music and dance experience for audiences of all ages. In addition to more than one hour of special bonus features and materials, consumers will have access to all-new exclusive levels of the smash video game hit Angry Birds Rio® that showcase your favorite characters from the film!

Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. But it’s far from love at first sight between the socially-awkward, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Shortly after Blu’s arrival, the two rare birds are captured by greedy animal smugglers and find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on a hilarious and clumsy adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading one’s wings to fly.

A Mom’s Perspective: This movie is fabulous! We were given the opportunity to preview the dvd for our family movie night last week. I have said many times how picky I am with my kids watch. Family movie night is always a time I try to find something appropriate for the children but also fun for mom and dad! Rio was the perfect combination of funny, through provoking, clever and innocent. It was simple enough for my toddler to enjoy while being meaningful enough for mom and dad to stay intrigued. My 5 year old was captured by Blu and the entire gang.

As Blu and his owner, Linda set off to Rio to do their duty to save his kind, they are faced with many challenges. Blu is presented with a whole new world. And even though it is a world he should be comfortable in, he is not. He is very much out of place. He has a major issue in that he can not fly. In his domesticated life that he had lived it simply was not necessary and was not a problem. But in this new environment it was essential to know how to fly. After a crazy journey that separates Blu from Linda and throws him into this unfamiliar world, Blu learns who he is and what he is capable of. He literally spreads his wings!

It is a great story of finding yourself. It is also a great story of love and friendship. You can see the love of Linda and Blu as well as new love that blooms during the story. Love is powerful and will cause you to do what you never thought possible!


I highly recommend Rio for your family! It is available for pre-order through Amazon now. Rio (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo + Digital Copy)is $25.99 , Rio: Two Disc Party Edition is $31.49 and Rio on standard DVD  is $15.99. It will officially be available for purchase on August 2,2011.


I am very excited to be able to offer 3 lucky winners a Rio Giveaway!

Grand Prize: 1 Rio basket that includes plush Blu and Jewel dolls, a Rio-branded beach ball, stickers, magnetic photo frame, notebook and key chain, as well as beach visors and a DVD  (not pictured). This exclusive prize pack is in conjunction with National Friendship Day.

2 Runner Ups: Each will recieve 1 copy of Rio on DVD


  • Open to US only
  • You must use the Rafflecopter to enter to win!
  • You must do the mandatory entry! All others are extra but increase your chances of winning.
Mandatory :
In honor of National Friendship Day, tell me a a short 1 sentence story of personal friendship. (Examples include: I have lunch with my girlfriends each week. I talk to my best friend daily. I helped my best friend deliver her baby. My best friend helped me by… ) Whatever comes to mind when you think of friendship and your life.
EXTRA entries (1 entry for each) Click on “Did it” after you complete each task.:

Easy Daily Entries : You can do a total of 2 tweets and 1 facebook post per day. See the Rafflecopter for instructions.
This Giveaway will end 8/11/11 11:59 PM CST

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  1. says

    A true friend is there whenever everyone else has walked out! They will stand beside you no matter how rich or poor you are. They will accept you as you are. True friends are very hard to come by!

  2. Patricia Barker says

    I have not been able to see my best friend in 12 years. We have been friends since 6th grade. We only get to talk on FB or phone. She helps me anytime I need her and I do the same. There is nothing we wouldn’t do for each other. Across the miles and years.

  3. Lorraine Smith says

    One time when I was a single mom of twins and the school I worked for closed down, she sent me a check for $1000 to pay for my rent and utilities. She wouldn’t give it to me in person since she knew I wouldn’t accept it.

  4. wendy says

    My friend and I teach together and we have breakfast together every morning before classes begin. Over summer break, we get together once a week to hang out and let our girls play.

  5. Linda says

    A group of us get together about once a month for “girls night out”; we go to dinner, sometimes karaoke – whatever we feel like doing at that particular moment.

  6. Kris says

    I talk on the phone with my best friend daily. We don’t live close but, we try to get together at least once a month.

  7. Jennifer Hollis says

    My best friend was my maid of honor in my wedding over 9 years ago and then I got to be a part of her big day when she got married this past October. Now she just got her first dog and I can share all of my dog knowledge with her.

  8. Darci Fields says

    I speak with my best friend daily by phone or the internet because we live 2 hours apart. I wish we could see each other more often, she is such an amazing person! Her daughter was born with cerebral palsy and I admire how well she can handle dealing with the struggles that her daughter has. I know you asked for a sentence but one sentenced wouldn’t do it! lol

  9. jodi leah baird says

    my boyfriend of 3 years which i met him online and i moved 3 hours away from where i grew up to be with him.Is my best friend i havent met to many folks here (that i like lol) so we try to take and make a date or movie night on sat. he works 3rd shift so dont get to see each other a whole lot we try to sit and have sat. just for us!

  10. says

    My best friend and I live 5 hours apart, but if I’m traveling through close by at all I’m going to visit her even if it means driving in Chicago traffic.

  11. Lisa Ann Hillberg says

    My best friend Maria & I have been friends since we were 10 yrs old…We’ve always lived close to each other & been in contact…I’m her daughter Mayli Ann’s Godmother…Though we both moved away a couple of times…We’ve always been in touch…Now we both live in the same city again…Not too far away…

  12. says

    My best friend lives 600 miles away, so we communicate through Facebook IM, Emails, and Texting. We watch tv shows together and text the whole time, LOL

  13. says

    My best friend has always had my back and vice versa. She has always lend her ears, hands and most of all her heart!! Without her life just doesn’t mean much!! I have not been able to talk to her recently and miss her like crazy!! I tell you one thing a friend is someone you treasure with all you got no matter what. When you both share a special bond hold on to it tight and never ever let go!!! Friendship is very important to me especially that I never ever had any sisters!! So Lisa Brudner Jabrane is an will forever be my sister and my best friend!! Love ya for being there always …..

  14. Terri S. says

    My best friend is always there for me 24/7 and she knows I’m always there for her 24/7. It is so wonderful to have that kind of friend! :-)

  15. carmen pappaterra says

    my best friend is my old daugther, she’s like a sunshine when I have problems or just when I need a little happiness, ever has a viable solution for all

  16. Stacey A Smith says

    My Best Friends are these 3 Cats I have that are always with me when i read one will be in my lap when I’m on the computer there will be one or two laying beside it.There to keep me Company.

  17. sheri grennille says

    i play bunko with at least 10 friends every month and we use facebook in between to stay in touch.

  18. Faith Parker says

    My mom is my best friend. She’s the only one that I could always count on. I mean, yeah, she can drive me crazy, but I drive MY KIDS crazy, so it comes with the territory!

  19. Cheryl W says

    My best friend and I have known each other for over 20 years. We have seen each other through so much!

  20. Carole Spring says

    My daughter is my best friend. Her smile, the sound of her voice, her cheerful attitude, and her love brightens my life.

  21. Mindy says

    My husband is my best friend- without him my world would be upside down. Even though we don’t have time to ourselves like we used to since having our 3 children we spend all of his days off together and make sure after the kids are in bed we do something together. Relax and watch a movie, read together, or just simply talk. He is all that I need!

  22. Daily Woman says

    I try to have a friends night about once a month so we can get together without the kids. We usually have dinner or coffee.

  23. Nikki southern says

    My husband is my best friend, we share everything from the smallest stories to the biggest laughs.

  24. Jenny Antasek says

    I talk to my best friend in Germany at least a few days a week, even if I have to be up in the middle of the night to do so! <3

  25. Terri V says

    To me friendship should include family. I took my sister-in-law’s three children for three weeks, so that she could try to work out somethings with her husband and the children not have to suffer through it. I have a friend who is getting a divorce and moving to my area, she is living with me and my family until she finds work and gets on her feet.

    • Tanya says


      This is so awesome that you would have done this everyone told me I was crazy for doing this with my sister kids. I took my nieces for about two weeks when my sister and her boyfriend was having problems. Friendship is bout family and family should be about friendship. I love the get togethers every week with mine I wouldnt trade it for nothing in the world

  26. Chevy says

    My best friend (my husband)gave me my 2 beautiful children and is still giving me lots of happy memories.

  27. Tonya says

    Once a week me,my sister,my mom,and my sister n law and her mother and both grandmas try to get together and have a girls day out and just catch up. Sometimes we end up with my wonderful nieces that I love with all my heart but there getting to be 8 and 5 now so they think there going on 21 and know all about girl talk lol! Getting together and spending this time with my family is so precious exspecialy to have all the best girlfriends right there with you to catch up. It lots of fun and lots of memories! Sometimes we go out and eat and other times we just meet up at the park or at one of our houses.

  28. says

    My best friend is my husband. He’s been through it all with me and we will celebrate 10 years of marriage next month. I couldn’t ask for a better best friend to be by my side from the time I told we couldn’t have children…to the Lord blessing us with 2 beautiful daughters…all the way to their health issues and our oldest’s surgeries. He’s my rock through it all.

  29. Brandi W. says

    My best friend is my Mom,(other than my husband)She has always been there for me. I don’t know what I would do without her.

  30. Jill Godbout says

    I send a Facebook message to my BFF weekly. We’re both super busy, but it’s something easy I can do to let her know I’m thankful to have her friendship.

  31. Teri Martinez says

    I meet up with my friends when possible for girl talk. It’s always nice to catch for hours a time in person.

  32. Paula Brown says

    Once a month A bunch of us from our old job gets together for lunch and see how everyones life is going,

  33. Michelle Gregory says

    My best friend has moved to California and now Virginia Beach but still comes to visit me in Pennsylvania whenever she can.

  34. Jill Lombardo (cape coupons) says

    On the first day of Kindergarten for our sons, we are having lunch and going to the spa to take care of each other on this big day.

  35. Cherri Romine Bosecker says

    My 2 bestfriends I talk everyday and then every week we plan a girls night out that is cheap or free, and then once a month we do a big blowout dinner, movie or whatever.

  36. Shandi says

    my best friend and I try to hang out at least once a week between my brain cancer and work. we love to hang out at the beach.

  37. says

    Me and my best friend text or call each other every day. We also let each other vent about things that are bothering us. It’s nice to have someone that just listens!

  38. Lisa Flores says

    My sister is my bestie:) We do everything together, life has been rough but we have always stuck together. She has helped me through so much I know this was an example but shw was there for me through all 3 of my deliveries.

  39. Jazmin Miranda says

    my bestfriend is my husband, and we have our lunch dates together with our son. but i usually go to a girls night out with my friend or grab a bite.

  40. Jessica Ware says

    My best friend and I always do our grocery shopping together and our ritual is always to indulge in a little Chinese food before we hit the busy stores.

  41. Debbie McLeroy says

    Myoldest daughter is my best friend we have been through alot together and just keep getting closer as the years go on

  42. Liz says

    My girlfriends and I go out once a week to celebrate being friends. Girls night out! It helps us stay connected with each other since we all have families now.

  43. Eimy Gonzalez says

    My best friend lives in Puerto Rico an dI live in New Jersey, but it feels like we live right next door to each other because we talk on the phone every day and email throughout the day.

  44. Tesia Brown says

    My friend and I get together every week to hang with each other and our kids and then we switch off babysitting each other’s kids too! :)

  45. Ashley H. says

    I get together with my friends once a month at Starbucks to catch up and get away from the kids and husbands.

  46. Pauline M says

    Once a month, my girlfriends and I go out for a breakfast dinner. We have a little hole in the wall that serves breakfast all day and it’s wonderful. We will spend hours munching on our huge waffles and chatting!

  47. Kris I. says

    I talk to my girlfriend every day over playing scrabble on the computer! we leave messages for each other!

  48. Btrflywmn says

    I have been friends with my bff since 4th grade, we don’t live close enough to hang out but call each other often.

  49. shantel davis says

    Me and my bestfriend talk daily on Facebook and meet up when we can and have our kids play together =]

  50. Chantel McLaurin says

    Me and my sister took our kids to see RIO in theaters and it was my sons first movie. He loved it and thankfully sat through the whole thing. Me and my sister get together at least once or twice a week to go to the pool or do crafts and go shopping, with coupons of course!

  51. Cassie Eales says

    My best friend and I got pregnant at the same time, and although it wasn’t close enough to deliver together we got to share tons of pregnancy ups and downs together!

  52. Brenda S. says

    My bestfriend and I used to get in alot of trouble together in high school, but we had so much fun everytime trouble found us 😉

  53. Christina Domingue says

    I try to stay connect with my friends everyday. even if its just a text to say hello and have a great day

  54. Brandy L says

    I wish I could say something wonderful about my friend, but I can’t. When I started having children the one that I called my best friend slowly stopped talking to me. When I had my daughter she quit talking to me completely. Now I have my husband and my family and I wouldn’t trade them for the world

  55. says

    My husband is my best friend we met in highschool and have been together ever since, like 17 years, GASP. I was out of town last week and it’s even better when we get home!

  56. Leah Walker says

    My best friend is my husband. Really. We were friends long before we were anything else. I think that’s why things have worked out as well as they have.

  57. says

    This sounds corny but my husband is my best friend. I have lots of friends but I can honestly say I am lucky to have him as my best friend.

  58. chris swan says

    I talk to my best friend and mom every two days usually after the kids go to bed and keep up with what is going on in her and my life.

  59. says

    My best friend from college has moved 4 states away. We try to fly and visit each other every 8 months or so. We talk regularly and are actively working to keep this valuable friendship close!

  60. lori says

    i did everything for this awesome contest… i would like to see this show so bad… i have the angry birds Rio on my ipod touch it’s so fun.. my twitter name is @rsdmser.. this would a nice package to win.

  61. Bonnie Lacroix says

    My best friend happens to also be my twin sister and I love that we take off randomly with our kids to go watch the barges come in, swim or just play in the sand.

  62. Brooke Hoke Parr says

    I married my best friend! My husband is the one person who truly “gets” me & we have been married for almost 11 years now!

  63. Lea Fury says

    i got to see my bestie over the summer for a whole week we haven’t got to see each other for 8 years and it was awesome we picked up right where we left off!!

  64. Melissa Williams says

    Some might think it’s sad, but I’m just fine with the fact that my daughter is my best friend. I’m a military wife who has lost all my friends back home and have yet to make new ones, so I do everything just me and my daughter.

  65. Erin R says

    My dear friend (who is pregnant as a surrogate), her husband and 2 children offered to let my family of 4 come live with them for a year since we’re down on our luck: that’s friendship!


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