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Juan Jose Campanella is Making an Animated Movie About Soccer…Er, Football

19 October 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Juan Jose Campanella, the Argentine who won the  foreign-language Oscar in 2009 for his film The Secret in Their Eyes, has decided to make his first animated feature.  His film has been titled Metegol, or Foosball, and only has a budget of $9.75 million if you can believe that.

The film “follows an underdog who, with the help of foosball figures that come to life, must take on a star soccer pro to save their village.”

I for one think this is an interesting storyline.  It reminds me of The Indian in the Cupboard except there seems to be a lot more at risk if an underdog has to challenge a pro to save his village.  I wonder how they are going to set up that village angle.

Campanella stated that “we are finding a visual style that we haven’t seen before in an animated movie. We are putting a lot of effort in that. »

- Alex DiGiovanna

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Juan Jose Campanella Directing Metegol

18 October 2010 5:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Foosball characters will come to life in Juan Jose Campanella's MetegolJuan Jos&#233 Campanella, who directed last year's Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film The Secret in Their Eyes, is moving to animation with his latest project entitled Metegol, according to Variety.

The movie, which translates to English as Foosball, centers on a character who has to face a soccer pro in order to save his village. He is aided by figures on a foosball table that come to life. Juan Jos&#233 Campanella will direct and produce through his 100 Bares banner and the Buenos Aires-based Catmandu. Spain's Plural-Jempsa will also lend a hand with the production.

Metegol is slated for release sometime in 2012. The site reports that local Argentine actors such as Pablo Rago, Fabi&#225n Gianola, Miguel &#193ngel Rodr&#237guez, Horacio Fontova, David Masajnik are being hired for unspecified voice roles.

Metegol comes to theaters in 2012. The film is directed by Juan José Campanella. »

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"Eyes" Director Plays Animated Foosball

18 October 2010 7:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella ("The Secret in Their Eyes") will helm his first animated feature reports Variety.

"Metegol" (Foosball) follows an underdog who, with the help of foosball figures that come to life, must take on a star soccer pro to save their village. Pablo Rago ("Secret"), Fabian Gianola ("The Super Agents: New Generation"), Miguel Angel Rodriguez ("Dad for a Day"), Horacio Fontova ("Goodbye, Dear Moon") and David Masajnik ("Son of the Bride") will all lend their voices to the production.

Despite a quite low $9.75 million budget, Campanella hopes to find "a visual style that we haven't seen before in an animated movie." A 2012 release is being planned. »

- Garth Franklin

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