|“||Big Boss: I always suspected you were dumber than a monkey, and now I know.
Logger: Boss, what are you doing in the jungle?
Big Boss: Perhaps the better question is... (tosses the newspaper on the table, showing Linda and Tulio)...what are they doing? Nature freaks. Two million square miles of jungle and they're playing in my backyard? I don't think so. As you know, my friends, this logging operation is a little… illegal. If those two nuts find those birds, we're out of business. And that's why you must put an end to their little bird-watching expedition. Find them, and get rid of them! The rest of you, go cut some trees. Who cares about a bunch of birds?
|~ Big Boss speaks to his loggers how Linda and Tulio are a threat to his business.|
Big Boss is one the two main antagonists (alongside Nigel) in Blue Sky's nineth animated feature film Rio 2. He is the traitorous leader of the illegal loggers who are destroying the Amazon rainforest. He also has a pet called the Emperor Tamarin.
He was voiced by the late Miguel Ferrer, who also played Shan Yu in Mulan, Tarakudo in Jackie Chan Adventures, Deathstroke in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Lloyd Henreid in the TV miniseries The Stand, and The Stretch Monster in the first season of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
Big Boss is a cunning, greedy, dishonest and manipulative man who knows what he wants and knows how to get people to do it. He does not tolerate anyone getting in his way, and has no regards to the destruction of nature. When his illegal trade is put at risk by Linda and Tulio, he tries to get rid of them. He treats his workers poorly, frightens them, and takes matters into his own hands when he needs to.
He also seems to be addicted to lollipops, being seen consuming lots of them through the movie. He is also very arrogant, traitorous, argumentative and short-tempered; he is rather abusive, insulting and opprobrious towards the other loggers, and has no respect for the animals in the Amazon, calling the Spix's macaws "pigeons" when they arrive at the logging site. However, he is loyal, nice, friendly and enthusiastic towards his pet emperor tamarin, sharing lollipops with him.
Big Boss is first seen watching the news on TV, and learning that Tulio and Linda are looking for rare macaws around the area his loggers are working. Angered by the realization, he throws the remote control at the TV screen, breaking it, and calling the couple "tree-huggers". He sends a voice mail to someone, asking for his boat. He then throws the lollipop he was sucking on into the tank of piranhas in his office and leaves. The piranhas aggressively eat the red lollipop.
Later, Big Boss reappears, arriving around the area by boat. The trees around there are all cut down. When he enters the tend of his workers, he sees one of his employees playing chess with their Emperor Tamarin friend. The monkey wins, so he says he had always known the man was not smarter than a monkey. He then shows the loggers a newspaper with a picture of Tulio and Linda, reading "Pássaros raros na Amazônia" (rare birds on Amazon). He explains that they are a threat to their illegal work. Caressing their variety of chainsaws suggestively, and finally grabbing an axe, he tells them not to let the couple "play on his backyard". He tells one of them to put an end to their "bird watching expedition", and the others to keep cutting down trees. Finally, he throws the axe on the map hanging on the wall and leaves, with all his workers left very scared by his attitude.
Linda and Tulio end up encountering the loggers, and Tulio is held captive. Linda runs back to their camp, only to find Big Boss is there.
He has been led there by their little friend the emperor tamarin, who had found their camp earlier. Big Boss and his minions tie Linda and Tulio to a tree, he mocks them calling them "tree-huggers" once more and leaves. The tree they are tied to is marked with an "X", meaning it will be put down and Linda and Tulio along with it.
Later, Blu leads the Spixes against the loggers to protect the Amazon and reveal themselves to the loggers. The loggers are horrified to see that they have been cutting down forests without knowing that the rare macaws had been living there all along, but Big Boss tells them they are only "pigeons" in a pejorative way, and demands them to keep cutting trees. The workers are then attacked and chased away by the flock and Nigel uses all of the chaos to his advantage, while Big Boss works by himself, setting dynamite to trees. When he lights them on fire, Blu arrives and grabs the explosives, taking them away. Big Boss tries to stop him, but was foiled by the vengeful and traitorous cockatoo named Nigel, who would not let anyone steal his victim since he was planning revenge on Blu, his old enemy. Big Boss recovers from the blow and reaches for his hat which rests on the head of an anaconda (the same one that tried to eat Blu during his training with Eduardo earlier). He nervously offers a lollipop to the leering snake.
Later, the anaconda spits out a lollipop, with a full belly on the size of a human and Big Boss' hat over it, revealing that Big Boss was eaten alive by the huge snake. His emperor tamarin grabs the lollipop and sucks on it.
|~ Big Boss' first words|
|“||Get my boat ready. I need to deal with this personally.||„|
|~ Big Boss goes to his site.|
|“||Oh, I hope if you don't mind, I make myself at home. Lollipop?||„|
|~ Big Boss.|
|“||It's a shame, really. You came all this way to protect the jungle. Let's see if it'll return the favor, tree-huggers.||„|
|~ Big Boss, after capturing Linda and Tulio and tying them to a marked tree.|
|“||Hey, Where do you think you're going? They are just a bunch of pigeons! Get back to work.||„|
|~ Big Boss threatening a logger.|
|“||Come back here! You're useless! All of you!||„|
|~ Big Boss seeing that his loggers failed.|
|“||I have to do everything myself!||„|
|~ Big Boss fusing a bomb.|
|“||Hey, Get away for that...||„|
|~ Big Boss.|
|~ Big Boss' last words before being eaten by an anaconda.|
- Big Boss is the second human to be a major antagonist, the first being Marcel.
- Big Boss is possibly the first Rio antagonist who died (if we exclude Salbatore, the main antagonist of the comic Rio: Snake Alive!).
- Harry Shearer, Rob Riggle, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Wallace Shawn, Gary Sinise, Christopher Lambert, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Mandy Patinkin, John Lithgow, Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, J.K. Simmons, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Paul Giamatti, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, and John Goodman were all considered for the role of Big Boss before the late Miguel Ferrer was cast.
- Big Boss seems to be the darkest villain in the Rio series, as he attempted genocide on the blue macaws, tried to kill Linda and Tulio, and tried to kill Blu while Nigel only wanted to do the latter.
- Big Boss and his pet seem to be addicted to lollipops, as he is seen consuming a lot of them.
- Interestingly, animal by-products are very prejudicial to the environment, which reinforces Big Boss' personality of being anti-ecological. The trophy might very well be for the practice of livestock farming, since that is the primary reason for deforestation of the Amazon. However, it is possible that Big Boss is deforesting the Amazon only to make money.
- Big Boss is one of three villains in a 20th Century Fox movie to gnash their teeth. The other two are Lord Dargis and Dean Baker.