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Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (2013)

Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica (original title)
Naughty twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Gutiérrez ...
Raúl Rivas ...
Daniel Cerezo ...
Claudia Vega ...
Fran García ...
Marcos Ruiz ...
Christian Mulas ...
Aníbal Tártalo ...
Alberto López ...
Javier Cifrián ...
Álex Angulo ...
Juan González ...
Flipao (as Juan González-Páramo)
Joseba Apaolaza ...
Padre Falconetti
Iñake Irastorza ...
Santi Ugalde ...
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Naughty twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center run by Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and an eyepatch and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children's Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. Written by Optis

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Release Date:

4 October 2013 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A gangue Zip Zap  »

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2.35 : 1
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Based in a Spanish comic characters, "Zipi y Zape" which were created by Escobar. See more »


References Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) See more »


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Written and performed by Cali y el Dandee
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Lavish production about known twins with emotion , amusement and funny situations
26 May 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Entertaining film with a lot of fun , state-of-art special effects and interesting screenplay ; according to director Oskar Santos was a lovely homage based on Escobar characters . The picture blends comedy , adventure action, rip roaring , cliff hunger , tongue-in-check and results to be extremely entertained . Zipi and Zape is the most famous creation from Escobar , a legendary Spanish cartoonist . They are twins have a great heart but in their adventures they're not good students like their cousin Sapientin ; then they often finish in punishment by their parents , both of whom here don't appear . This is a fun movie concerning a feisty bunch of underprivileged as well as naughty twin kids Zipi (Raul Rivas) & Zape (Daniel Cerezo) who are punished and sent to summer school at Esperanza College (actually Schossberger castle, Tura, Hungary) , a strict re-education school run by terrible Falconetti (Javier Gutiérrez , a homage to William Smith/Falconetti from Rich man , Poor man) , a nasty Principal with an eye-patch and forbids all forms of amusement and entertainment . Zipi and Zape befriend some boys and form an amusing group called the Marble Gang , the children's resistance , guided by loyalty , bravery , faithfulness and unbreakable trust in friendship . As 5 friends spend their time making antics and frolics when takes place weird deeds and something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined . They uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most stirring adventure of their lives . They spend one last adventure-filled together holding numerous risks , thrills and dangers.

Adventure story has everything for amusement , and generates a sense of wonder and surprise with fast-paced action scenes and some images that have you on the edge of the seat . This is an amusing mess made in Spielberg style , the goal was to pay homage to cinema of the 80s , taking parts here and there from various film in ¨The Goonies¨ style and recently ¨Super 8¨ in which a feisty group of kiddies undertake several adventures along corridors , false doors , traps , and looking for treasures ; as they form a lively quintet in order to defy the evil headmaster . This film tries to put in the big screen some topics of Zipi and Zape adding an adventure style in Steven Spielberg wake . The gags and mischiefs of the movie are the same ones that we could see if we read some comics books of the characters of Escobar , the same thing that the flowing bemusing script as the histories of the own Zipi and Zape . This Fernando Bovaira production is a fun movie concerning the intimate twins carry out childish pranks , mischiefs and winding up into a roller-coater adventure .

I like this movie , it has a good realization , nice atmosphere , an original script and partially faithful to the roles of the twins , and sympathetic interpretations , though little fidelity to the comic books . Enjoyable support cast such as Javier Gutiérrez of ¨Red Eagle¨ as Falconetti who rules the center with a heavy hand and Alex Angulo of ¨The day of the beast¨ as Esperanza . The picture has great loads of action , abundant as well as up-to-date special effects , impressive soundtrack and colorful cinematography by Josu Inchaustegui . Being filmed on location in Guipúzcoa , País Vasco and Hungary , Schossberger castle, Tura, Hungary as Centro Reeducacional Esperanza . Imaginative and rousing musical score by Fernando Velazquez who previously composed for successful terror/thriller films as ¨The orphanage¨ , ¨For the good of others¨ , ¨Julia's eyes¨ and ¨Devil¨ . Produced in big budget by Fernando Bovaira who has financed many hit smashes such as ¨Fin¨, ¨Sea inside¨ , ¨The Others¨ and ¨Mortadelo and Filemón¨. The motion picture was well directed by Oskar Santos who formerly directed ¨For the good of others¨ and TV series as ¨Hispania¨ and ¨Crematorio¨ .

Other films about ¨Zipi and Zape¨ by Escobar are the followings : ¨Aventures of Zipi and Zape¨ by Enrique Guevara with Mary Santpere as Tía Aniceta , Alfred Lucchetti as Don Minervo , Marta Angelat as Doña Jaimita Zapatilla , Joan Monleón as Don Pantuflo Zapatilla and ¨Zipi y Zape" (2003) cartoon TV series by Claudio Biern Boyd .

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