A few weeks back we were invited to a special screening of Rio at London Zoo in advance of its release on Triple Play Blu-Ray and, knowing how much Little Man loves birds, we were delighted to accept!
The fun started for Little Man as soon as we told him we would be going on a long tube journey. He loves trains of all sorts and has never travelled underground on the tube, only going the few stops locally that are all above ground. Well, he was excited but also strangely calm. In fact, he quickly mastered the art of appearing like a regular commuter who does the same journey every day.
We were a little flustered by the time we arrived due to silly me underestimating the walk through Regents Park to get to London Zoo but, once inside the pavillion, we very warmly welcomed and Little Man was delighted to be given two plush toys (Blue and Jewel of course!) to keep him occupied. He also managed to occupy himself with various sandwiches and crisps which were absolutely delicious!
There was a lady there painting Blue onto all the children’s faces and I was convinced that there was NO WAY Little Man would get this done as he has always shied firmly away from face painting on previous occasions. However, once he saw every other child there had either already had it done or was in the queue waiting patiently to get it done, he, of course, didn’t want to miss out! I was really impressed with how still he sat while it was being painted on and, as you can see, the results were fantastic!
It was now time to watch the film, and I can honestly say it was really enjoyable. As with most animated films there is humour not only for the children but also for the adults who are watching along with them which is always welcome! The colours throughout were amazing but the carnival scenes were particularly vibrant and fun. When we got home I asked Little Man if he would like to watch the film again which got a resounding “YES!” in reply, so I guess it will be making its way onto his list for Santa!
His favourite part of the film was, and I quote, “Little Blue dancing in the jungle” and mine was Linda getting caught up in the dancing on the carnival float.
The bit he liked least was “Mean Nigel” and I would have to agree! Nasty birdy!
After the film there was a Meet the Macaw experience when one of London Zoo’s parrots was brought into the room by her keeper. She was a very impressive bird who seemed to enjoy displaying the full span of her wings upon instruction from her keeper. Beautiful! Little Man even managed to get tickled by her very long tail feather as he walked past which prompted lots of giggles!
An unexpected bonus to the day was that we now had some free time to explore other areas of the Zoo which was absolutely brilliant! Little Man was really excited to see the Big Cats particularly but the penguins were also a lot of fun!
We had a really fantastic day and I would recommend the film to anyone!
We were invited to London Zoo for this special screening as guests of Premier PR. I have received no payment or other compensation for this review and my opinions are, as always, honest.