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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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  (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
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
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
Jill Rosen .... For Hanway Films
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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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 »
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Allegro Moderato Ebony ConcertoSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
lovely - story&music&animation all work together, 25 March 2012
Author: chuck-526 from Ipswich MA

My local art house showed this, with subtitles (much better than an "English language dub" rumored to appear later), shortly after the Academy Awards. The music -both all the new compositions and some old charts- is wonderful. The story is simple and straightforward, without irony or intricate plot twists or a breathless pace: boy meets girl in the golden age of jazz, and their troubles go on for decades - sometimes art tugs romance, sometimes romance tugs art, and sometimes romance and art tug in opposite directions.

What caught my attention the most was the evocative and interesting animation. Initially it all appears to be "retro" traditional 2D hand drawn cel animation. Characters are composed of areas of uniform colors (a second darker color for the shadowed parts of each block), while background areas have variegated colors (for example wood grain). Backgrounds are extremely detailed and very specific, sort of like a kid's crayon drawing.

I especially noted the incredibly detailed street-scapes with all their readable (not just greeked) signs. Turns out the directors found a trove of archive photos of every street corner in Havana - the city government had assembled it in 1949 to help with street repairs.

Some of the CGI special effects I've come to expect to be merged with hand drawn are included: curling cigar smoke and falling snowflakes. As well there are several other CGI techniques that aren't as familiar to me: gauzy curtains with an embroidered pattern wafting in the breeze; shafts of light with an identifiable source and a direction illuminating not only themselves but also bits of the dark places where they fall; dynamic shadows that change as characters move; lighted signs whose parts change from "on" to "off" and back to "on" at different times.

But on closer examination it doesn't feel like it's really just plain old traditional 2D hand drawn cel animation after all. One big giveaway is that nearly every scene has the complexity I'd expect only at the film's peak: for example movements of dancers _and_ of the band and their instruments _and_ other patrons _and_ people outside _and_ the traffic. Typically there's simultaneous movement in so many different planes I gave up trying to identify layers. The scene where an automobile disassembled itself into thirty or so pieces that fly off in all directions in slow motion would be a tour-de-force for traditional 2D cel animation, but here it's just part of the flow. Nor am I used to seeing an animated audience applauding where every single hand is distinguishable and seems to move separately. In one scene an auto drives around the corner we're looking at - static street-scape, moving auto, just standard 2D cel stuff, right? But wait! The tire is drawn a bit lopsided, and it retains that bulge as it rotates's not redrawn! So could you have a tire on its own cel separate from the car and move it so it appeared to rotate? Theoretically maybe, but not likely. And, once in a while the camera takes flight and the whole scene rotates continuously and smoothly as the point of view moves. Other things must be going on here.

Information on YouTube and elsewhere on the web doesn't go into a whole lot of detail about animation technique, typically not mentioning much more than that the apparent animation style is what was common in the period evoked by the film. Software ("ToonBoom Harmony") shared the animation pipeline so about 200 animators in 11 studios in six different countries (Brazil, Spain, Isle of Man, Latvia, Hungary and Philippines) could collaborate easily. (That software also enabled the collaboration on "The Secret of Kells" a couple years ago.) Additional software ("HoBSoft", now very closely integrated with ToonBoom Harmony) provided very easy pipeline task management; in software terms it can be thought of as an additional layer on top of ToonBoom Harmony. "Final Cut Pro" and "TVPaint" software were also deeply involved in the production.

As they describe it: "The entire movie is filmed with live action actors. -The sets include dummy objects and tracker marks for camera tracking. - The live action shots are edited in Final Cut Pro and becomes the live action version of the animatic. - Approximately 2 frames of every second of live action is traced in TV-Paint and becomes the drawn version of the animatic. - The traced frames are printed on paper, pegged and sent through a classical 2D hand drawn production pipeline with rough animation, key animation, clean up, ink & paint and compositing. - The live action shots are used to create backgrounds in either 2D, 2-1/2D or 3D where 2-1/2D refers to 2D elements positioned in a 3D universe. - All 2D animation and coloring is done in ToonBoom Harmony". Most often a 2D process was used; yet 3D was necessary in several places.

My interpretation of their words is the process was somewhere in between i) giving photos to animators for "reference" and ii) brute force motion capture. Also, it sounds as if (I'm not certain) the live action film was _automatically_ rotoscoped by the computer and became the "first rough draft" (the "animatic").

Although neither outlines nor still characters visibly keep moving, the characters have a little bit of the "dizzy" feel of something done with Bob Sabiston's "Rotoshop" that practically defined avant-garde animation a decade ago (backgrounds are rock solid though). In closeups the facial features keep morphing a bit, as though an in-betweener had drunk too much coffee. And once in a while a character's face freezes completely, almost as if an in-betweener had just plain forgotten to produce a few cels. (I hoped to find out a bit more, but the "freeze frame" button on my DVD remote doesn't do anything when I point it at the theater screen:-)

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