Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Sings ‘Welcome Back’ To Anne Hathaway In New ‘Rio 2’ Clip [Video]

Bruno Mars puts his voice to good use in the latest clip for the sequel Rio 2.

If there’s one musician out there whose talents are well-suited to the world of family-friend animated motion pictures, then it’s definitely Mars. The singer serenades co-star Anne Hathaway in the latest promotional clip from the follow-up.

Curious to hear one of Bruno Mars’ contribution to the sequel? Check out the video embedded below. It’s definitely a cute clip, which should definitely please fans of the original outing.

So how did Mars land the role in Rio 2? Director Carlos Saldanha said he was extremely impressed with Bruno’s appearance on Saturday Night Live. The filmmaker knew immediately that the singer was right for the role.

“He pushed it in a way that said ‘this is the character’ and we felt we could push it,” Saldanha recently told Billboard.

He also addressed the sequel’s soundtrack: “It’s a different kind of music from the first one, which was mostly samba. It’s multicultural and represents Brazil and the USA. We looked at folk dancing and folk songs of the region. Sergio [Mendez] and Carlos [Brown] have great ears and they make sure everything is done (rhythmically) the way it’s done in Brazil.”

Rio 2 marks the first voice over role for Bruno Mars. Depending on how critics and moviegoers feel about his performance in the flick, there’s a strong possibility the singer could pop up in other motion pictures down the road.

Unfamiliar with Rio 2? Here’s the official synopsis:

“It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2,” after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.”

Although Bruno Mars’ career is firing on all cylinders at the moment, apparently not everyone is overly impressed with the singer. During his appearance on Ellen, Mars addressed a recent New York Times article that suggest he wasn’t right for the Super Bowl Halftime Show because he wasn’t in the tabloids and didn’t have a fragrance.

“I did hear that and I think that was by far the most disgusting thing I think I’ve heard. Not because it was taking a shot at me, but I was thinking about aspiring young musicians who want to do this and even hearing the thought you need a fragrance or something like that,” Bruno told DeGeneres.

He added, “Any young, aspiring musicians out there, if music is what you want to do, if music is what you love and your passion. It doesn’t take a fragrance, it’s not about the tabloids, it’s about you putting in the work, practicing every day, practicing your vocals, practicing your instrument, practicing songwriting.”

Bruno Mars will put his cinematic chops to the test when Rio 2 arrives in theaters across the US on April 11.