TODAY | April 10, 2014
>>> round up the kids because the new movie " rio 2" is hitting the theaters tomorrow.
>> none other than than our own natalie voicing the role of who else, a newscaster.
>> in brazil, announced an important discovery today.
>> we believe we have encountered a wild blue macaw deep in the amazon jungle .
>> the blue macaw was thought to be practically extinct, the last living family living in rio de janeiro .
>> if these birds can be found, their home will be saved.
>> oh, good, nat.
>> rio de janeiro .
>> i did have a few seconds of fame. obviously, my voice did but the guy who deserves the credit, the film director, i sat down to talk bruno mars with him and brazil.
>> the world is full of vibrant colors. beautiful lush terrain, and all the samba music your heart desires. and " rio 2" it's the animated sequel to " rio " which made more than 500 million worldwide.
>> you bring it all to life in bigger, bolder, more colorful ways than ever.
>> you have to have pressure new ideas.
>> reporter: the brazilian native carlos saldano, these are close to his heart.
>> these really are love letters to rio , right?
>> yes. something is missing there, it's the flavor.
>> flavor that came in part from the sound. the music is like a whole other character?
>> the music, yes, is one of the main characters of the story. when i pitched the movie, i pitched with music attached to it.
>> with a soundtrack including stars like bruno mars, janelle monae and will.i.am.
>> what's it like directing people like anne hathaway ?
>> it's a fun exercise. like actors in a studio like you're rehearsing or playing with it. so it's fun for them.
>> i know just the thing.
>> carlos is no stranger to animation. also on his resume, the "ice age" franchise, blockbuster hit after hit after hit.
>> nobody move a muscle.
>> reporter: but he owes-his creative genius to his pint size counterparts.
>> do your kids get involved in the creative process , saying, dad, that's not a good idea?
>> sometimes, luckily, they like all my movies so i'm in good shape there.
>> for those who are watching the samba who may never get a chance to go to brazil, is this your way of bringing a little bit of that to them?
>> yeah, i thought if you cannot get everybody to get to rio , brazil. it's a joy with the movie. to get to share rio and brazil with the global audience. and i think that's what matters at the end of the day .
>> the animation is terrific. you see how beautiful and colorful it is. and i love that carlos always includes in the films a great lesson for adults and kids. as an environmentalist, wanting to show the importance of the rain forest . opening up.
>> yeah, natalie.
>> it's a lot of fun.