Chico Y Rita

Posted on Nov 30, 2010

I was invited by my good friends, film producer Tom Luddy and musician/educator Rebeca Mauleon to attend a sneak preview of esteemed Spanish director Fernando Trueba’s new animated film “Chico Y Rita” at the Pixar Studios. The film which is loosely based on the life of the famed Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes is full of the great classic Latin Jazz, mambo and boleros by Bebo which were re-recorded especially for this film. The story which is set in the 40’s and 50’s Cuba, New York and Europe tells the story of the romance between budding piano virtuoso Chico and rising vocalist Rita. The animation is spectacular, vibrant and colorful yet different from Disney or Pixar style. “Chico Y Rita” even features full frontal nudity which is quite a change from current animated fare such as the PG rated Tangled and Megamind in 3D. This is a such a great film that is adult, heartfelt, dramatic and a musical to boot. I throughly enjoyed this film. Tom explained to me that the film has yet to secure an American distributor because of the glut of animated films in the market. I hope that this situation will change soon so all of you can check out this gem of a film. I give it the golden thumbs of approval-way up!!