If you’re a fan of 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age franchise you’re going to love Rio. It’s an animated feature produced by Blue Sky Studios the company behind Horton Hears a Who and Robots. Rio will be in digital 3D and includes an A-list cast led by Oscar nominee, Anne Hathaway. Check out the first trailer…

Rio centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind but he soon discovers there’s another macaw out there, a girl named Jewel. He leaves his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro to start a life with her. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life’s many wonders.

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The initial concept for Rio doesn’t seem like much on the surface but after watching the trailer it does look genuinely funny. The animation is pretty sharp and the colors are vibrant and fluid, so we can only imagine what it will look like in 3D. Besides Hathaway, the cast of Rio includes Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez (he’s in everything!), and Jake T. Austin.

Rio is scheduled to hit the big screen on April 8, 2011.

What do you think of the first trailer for Rio?