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Chico & Rita -- Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba ("Belle Epoque," "Calle 54") and Spain's legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.
Chico & Rita -- Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Chico & Rita -- Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba ("Belle Epoque," "Calle 54") and Spain's legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.
Chico & Rita -- A budding pianist and his young chanteuse lover hit the jazz-bebop scenes on their way from Cuba to New York.
Chico & Rita -- Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba ("Belle Epoque," "Calle 54") and Spain's legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak.

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Writers:
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (written by)
Fernando Trueba (written by)
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Release Date:
19 November 2010 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Seductive sounds and a disarmingly warm animation style See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Limara Meneses ... Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña ... Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra ... Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams ... (voice)
Renny Arozarena ... (voice)
Blanca Rosa Blanco ... (voice)
Jackie de la Nuez ... (voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera ... (voice)

Ken Forman ... (voice)
Ray Gillon ... (voice)

Steve Harper ... (voice) (as Michael Harper)

Lenny Mandel ... Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan ... (voice)
Claudia Valdés ... (voice)
Ashley Albert ... (voice)
Tracey Ayer ... (voice)
Carlos Cabal ... (voice)
Wendy Dillon ... (voice)
Kathy Fitzgerald ... (voice)
Luis Alberto García ... (voice)
Mark Anthony Henry ... (voice)
Kerin McCue ... (voice)
Miriam Socarras ... (voice)

Peter Appel ... (voice)
Jay Benedict ... (voice)
Luis Enrique Carreres ... (voice)
Aleida Enríquez ... (voice)
Carlos Ever Fonseca ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Calderón ... (voice)
Alexis González ... (voice)
David Kramer ... (voice)
Estrella Morente ... (voice)
Diana Preisler ... (voice)

Isabelle Stoffel ... (voice)
Gladys Zurbano ... (voice)

Directed by
Tono Errando 
Javier Mariscal 
Fernando Trueba 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón  written by
Fernando Trueba  written by

Produced by
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Santi Errando .... producer
Andrew Fingret .... co-producer
Cristina Huete .... producer
Elisa Plaza .... delegate producer: TV3
Martin Pope .... producer
Antonio Resines .... associate producer
Michael Rose .... producer
Marc Samuelson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bebo Valdés 
 
Film Editing by
Arnau Quiles 
 
Makeup Department
Mariolis Robaina Valiente .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paula Blanqué .... assistant production manager
Kepa Dañobeitia .... unit production manager
Jean Cullen De Moura .... production supervisor: Lightstar Studios
Albert García Vila .... production manager
Angélica Huete .... executive production manager
 
Art Department
Marc Calvelo .... texture artist
Joan Masip .... backgrounds
Sergio Muñoz .... graphic design
Jorge Penny .... graphic design
 
Sound Department
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Iñaki Sánchez .... sound assistant
Marco A. Toledo .... sound mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Marc Calvelo .... character animator
David Campassol .... 3D technical director (as David Kampa)
Ivan Costarrosa Rios .... compositor
Lluïsa Cuchillo .... compositor
Llorenç Esteve .... compositor
Manel Ovat .... visual effects
Eduard Puertas .... compositing supervisor
Carlos Rubio .... visual effects compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Calzado .... lighting (as Miguel Calzado Álvarez)
 
Animation Department
Fernando Abaca .... animator
Alberto Acelay .... animator
Silvia Aguilera .... color supervisor
Daniel Alcaraz .... animator
Lluís Arqués .... animator
Carlos Arroyo .... storyboard supervisor
Zsolt Baumgartner .... animator
Augusto Borges Bastos .... key clean-up artist
Manuel Borras .... animator (as Manuel Borrás)
Carlos Cardero .... animator
Juan C. Concha .... animator (as Juan Carlos Concha)
Juan C. Concha .... animator
Dave Coogan .... animator
Tino Córdoba .... animator
Salva de Aro .... animator
Jean Cullen De Moura .... key clean-up animator
Marcelo Fernandes De Moura .... animation director
Valentín Doménech .... animator (as Valentí Domènech)
Chris Doyle .... animator
Joan Espinach .... animation supervisor
Douglas Alves Ferreira .... animator
Liliana Fortuny .... animator
Manuel Galiana .... animation director (as Manolo Galiana)
Pedro Daniel García Pérez .... lead animator
Sandra Gaudi .... animator
Diana Georgieva Anesteva .... assistant animator
Jesús Gracia .... layout artist
Arturo Hernández .... animator
Pedro Hernández .... animator (as Pere Hernández)
Carlos León .... animator
Rosana Llave .... animator
Carlos Luzzi .... animator
Pablo Mandelbaum .... animator
José Mansuy .... animator (as Pepe Mansuy)
Alberto Marcos .... animator
Toni Mengual .... animator
Javier Ojuel .... animator
Felipe Orozco .... animator
Kimo Osuna .... animator
Bojan Pantelic .... character animation director
Jesús Parada .... animator
Vittorio Pirajno .... animation supervisor
Esteve Puig .... animator
Inma Puig .... animator (as Imma Puig)
Núria Puig .... color director (as Nuri Puig)
Miquel Pujol .... animation supervisor
Fernando Pérez .... animator
Santi Roig .... animation supervisor
Mario Serrano .... animator
José Solís .... animator
János Szabó .... animator
Ricard Tarrés .... animator
Gern Thomas .... animator
Wilson Henrique Vesco .... animator
Carlos Zapater .... animator
Francisco Álvarez .... animator
David Parcerisa .... character designer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Rosa Marquetti .... casting: Cuba
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mariolis Robaina Valiente .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Victor Martos .... color timer
Pepín .... digital intermediate colorist
Diana Toucedo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Yaroldi Abreu .... musician
Ted Ackerman .... musician
James Anderson .... music mixing
James Anderson .... music recording
Rodney Barreto .... musician
Geandelaxis Bell .... musician (as Geandelaxis Bell 'Mandela')
Seneca Black .... musician
Luis Bonilla .... musician
Kenji Bunch .... musician
David Bunn .... musician
Katherine Cherbas .... musician
Stephanie Cummins .... musician
Mark Feldman .... musician
Inoidel González .... musician
Maykel González .... musician
Joyce Hammann .... musician (as Joyce Hamman)
Antonio Hart .... musician
Jimmy Heath .... musician
Horacio Hernández .... musician (as Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández)
Conrad Herwig .... musician
Bobby Lavelle .... musician
Salomé Limón .... music recording: Madrid (as Salome Limon)
Rolando Luna .... musician
Michael P. Mossman .... additional musical arrangements
Dany Noel .... musician
Yuri Nogueira .... musician
Arturo O'Farrill .... musician
Jeb Patton .... musician
Carol Pool .... musician
Dafnis Prieto .... musician
Robert Procelli .... musician
Douglas Purviance .... musician
Roberto Quintero .... musician
Ivan Renta .... musician
Jorge Reyes .... musician
Michael Aku RoDriguez .... musician (as Michael Rodríguez)
Adel Rodríguez Casuso .... musician
Rubén Rodríguez .... musician
Tony Rosa .... musician
Frances Rowell .... musician
Carlos Sarduy .... musician
Laura J. Seaton .... musician (as Laura Seaton)
Jim Seeley .... musician
Debra Shufelt .... musician
Antoine Silverman .... musician
Gary Smulyan .... musician
Pedro Ugarte Pérez .... music recording: La Habana (as Pedro Ugarte)
Bebo Valdés .... musical arrangements
Bebo Valdés .... musician
Gary Valente .... musician
Pete Van Nostrand .... musician
Amadito Velazco .... musician
Germán Velazco .... musician
Erica von Kleist .... musician
John Walsh .... musician
Belinda Whitney .... musician
David Wong .... musician
Paul Woodiel .... musician (as Paul Woodiell)
 
Other crew
Nerea Aizpurua .... production coordinator (as Nerea Aizpurúa)
Renato Celani .... representative: CinemaNX
Barney Goodland .... production assistant
Tansy Huws .... production assistant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Josie Law .... head of development & acquisitions: CinemaNX
Judith Rocabert .... production assistant
Maloles Rodríguez .... production assistant
Jill Rosen .... For Hanway Films
Jill Rosen .... publicity (for HanWay Films )
Gemma Spector .... head of distribution
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Tim Haslam .... Worldwide sales (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jessica Berman .... very special thanks
Carlos Carcas .... thanks
Javier Limón .... thanks
Bebo Valdés .... dedicatee (as Bebo)
 

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UK:94 min
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Trivia:
In order to help accurately represent 1940s era Cuba, Javier Mariscal undertook an extensive research trip to Cuba and was able to view government archive photographs from 1949.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The kitchen in which Chico and Rita eat kidney-bean soup is in the United States. However, a European-style electrical outlet can be seen clearly on one of the walls.See more »
Quotes:
Chico:Have you thought about your career? About your future?
Rita:Future, what future? The future never gave me anything! All my hopes are set on the past.
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Movie Connections:
References The Seven Year Itch (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blues for AndréSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Seductive sounds and a disarmingly warm animation style, 15 November 2010
Author: jamesgill-1 from Bristol, England

The new animated romance Chico and Rita follows the relationship of two young Cuban musicians: Chico is a gifted piano player looking to bring the sound of Havana to New York; Rita is a beautiful singer who treads the precarious path between Latin musicians and white investors looking to cash in on the popularity of this new music. Like all star crossed lovers, their journey is not an easy one – their musical and romantic tribulations will continue over 60 years against the striking backdrops of Havana, New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas.

The real strength of the film is its ability to portray a classic love story in both an innovative, sensual and sensitive way. The syncopated grace of Cuban Jazz combines with a disarmingly child-like animation to create a sparkling tribute to 1940s and 50s Havana culture.

The film exudes real passion for both the music of the period and the locations of the film, beautifully re-crafted within the animated landscape. The Cuban sound is brought to life with a truly uplifting assortment of records, including classics from Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie and Thelonius Monk. Like the heady improvisation of a be-bop trumpeter, this film bounces between soft melody and excited fragmentation, always bursting to give the audience something new and exciting.

Yet this does not mean that the film is purely for Jazz aficionados – the affection that directors Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba bring to their work ensures that this film doesn't become simply a musical tribute aimed at a conceited minority. The scale of the narrative will leave you breathless, and yet the story is all told through the seemingly innocent hand of traditional cartoon animation. In a post-Pixar world, this kind of hand-drawn animation has gained a retro charm all of its own. Chico and Rita is a delicate reminder that genuine action and emotion can still be expressed without the pixellated glossiness of CGI.

Chico and Rita really succeeds in bringing the colour and vibrancy of early 50s Havana back to life – from the delightfully evocative soundtrack, to the re-telling of a classic love story through the medium of hand-drawn animation, the film is a fitting expression of the vision and compassion of its creators.

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