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Carlos Saldanha, ‘Rio 2’ Make a Splash With a Samba Pool Party

Everyone and their nanny was at the “Rio 2” Gotham premiere on Sunday.

The 20th Century Fox-Blue Sky Studios toon closed the 17th edition of the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival one week after making its North American premiere in Miami.

Rio 2” was inspired by the 2011 original, which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. The sequel is already off to a similarly sunny start, grossing more than $10 million in a few territories (it opened March 27 in Brazil and April 11 Stateside). But despite the sequel’s impressive  B.O., director Carlos Saldanha wasn’t toasting the film’s success just yet.

“You can never celebrate too much,” said Saldanha, who worked on the sequel for three and a half years.

“Musically we started from the first day,” the helmer said. “We had to come up with new styles and rhythms (for the second film). It was much more work (musically) compared to ‘Rio.'”

After a packed screening, a crowd of kids rushed through the rain and into the penthouse of the Le Parker Meridien for a private indoor Samba pool party.

While the pool and the Popsicles entertained youngsters, adults seemed more interested in guest Alicia Keys’ presence, who sat poolside watching her child while simultaneously signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Saldanha seemed delighted with the party’s energetic vibe, but admitted that he wished one person was there — “Rio” 1 and 2 co-screenwriter Don Rhymer, who passed away in 2012.

“His stamp is everywhere in the movie,” the director said. “He was until the last minute working on it. He was awesome.”

(Pictured: Carlos Saldanha and Natalie Morales at the “Rio 2” New York after-party)

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