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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 -- A budding pianist and his young chanteuse lover hit the jazz-bebop scenes on their way from Cuba to New York.


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Release Date:
19 November 2010 (Ireland) See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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The Animated Oscar Nominee You Haven't Heard of... and Should! See more (29 total) »


  (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)
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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
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby consultant
Visual Effects by
Marc Calvelo .... character animator
David Campassol .... 3D technical director (as David Kampa)
Ivan Costarrosa Rios .... compositor
Lluïsa Cuchillo .... 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
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
Salome Limon .... music recording: Madrid
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
Adel Rodríguez Casuso .... musician
Michael Rodríguez .... 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
Josie Law .... head of development & acquisitions: CinemaNX
Judith Rocabert .... production assistant
Gemma Spector .... head of distribution
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Tim Haslam .... Worldwide sales (uncredited)
Jessica Berman .... very special thanks
Carlos Carcas .... thanks
Javier Limón .... thanks
Bebo Valdés .... dedicatee (as Bebo)

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UK:94 min
Sound Mix:
Ireland:15A | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Ramón:Business? That's my business!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV)See more »
Tema de Rita - A MayraSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Animated Oscar Nominee You Haven't Heard of... and Should!, 16 February 2012
Author: soncoman from United States

Too much has been made of the animated films that DIDN'T get an Oscar nod ("Cars 2" Really? REALLY?) and not enough attention has been paid to the two foreign films that DID earn a nod - "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita." I reviewed "A Cat in Paris" after screening it at last year's San Francisco International Film Festival, and was pleasantly surprised to see it on the list. Check out my review and you'll see I think it deserves its spot.

Having just screened "Chico & Rita," I can tell you that the Academy did right by this film as well. Not quite computer animation and not quite rotoscoping, the process of animating this film is too damn complicated for me to explain.

Check this out if you want to know --->

The title characters are Cuban artists. He's a musician/composer, she's a sultry singer. They both are chasing dreams - artistic and human. Their journey begins in Havana and makes stops in New York, Paris, and, ultimately, Las Vegas. It's a journey worth taking.

"Chico & Rita" has a unique look, with vibrant colors that compliment a terrific soundtrack of jazz greats. The voice work is spot-on, and the voice artists have the advantage of having a solid - though, to be honest, a wee bit clichéd - story to tell about adults for adults.

I hesitate to write that, as the first thing that comes to mind when you link "adult" and "animation" is Ralph Bakshi / "Fritz the Cat." This film does have sexual content, but it is not exploitative in any way. It is truly an animated film for the adult mind.

What a nice surprise (and a well deserved one,) if either of the two foreign film entrants in this category were to hear their names called from an Oscar envelope. "Puss in Boots?" Really? REALLY?

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