(Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Erik Estrada, et al / DVD / G / 2017 / LGF)
Overview: When his father's bird circus is stolen by a cruel rival, a brave young parrot takes flight for Hollywood in order to find his TV hero, AMERICANO and save the day.
DVD Verdict: With a general premise such as "A Mexican parrot named Cuco sets off on an adventure to defend his family," you kinda know where this cute little animated feature is already headed before even watching the first few minutes of it. Which is now bad thing, as 'Americano' is a very cute, and at times very funny (in a kids animated kinda way) new movie from Lionsgate Films.
Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV super-parrot hero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. Yet when a gang of bully birds threatens his ringmaster father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a hilarious and perilous journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in his fight, only to discover the true hero within himself.
Of course, as mentioned, the film features an ensemble voice cast of mostly Hispanic American and Mexican actors led by Rico Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin and others, but then throws in the vocal curve ball of lily white 'Friends' alum Lisa Kudrow as "Lucille". Billed as the first major U.S.-Mexico animated feature co-production, 'Americano' is now the fourth feature and first CG movie from Puebla Mexico-based Animex Studios. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.