By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The big screen is again celebrating Brazil and its varied and diverse culture as "Rio 2," the follow up to 2011's hit 3D animated film "Rio," is in theaters worldwide. Directed by the Rio born and raised Carlos Saldanha, the film is drawing audiences around the globe with its memorable cast of characters, lively soundtrack and vivid depictions of the country.

Lead characters, the blue spix macaws Blu and Jewel have returned for the sequel. Voiced by actors Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway respectively, the pair in Rio 2 . . .

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