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Chico & Rita (2010)

Not Rated | | Animation, Music, Romance | 19 November 2010 (UK)
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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.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Limara Meneses ...
Rita (voice)
Eman Xor Oña ...
Chico (voice)
Mario Guerra ...
Ramón (voice)
Jon Adams ...
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Renny Arozarena ...
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Blanca Rosa Blanco ...
(voice)
Jackie de la Nuez ...
(voice) (as Jakie de la Nuez)
Rigoberto Ferrera ...
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Ray Gillon ...
(voice)
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(voice) (as Michael Harper)
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Ron (voice)
Jorge Ryan ...
(voice)
Claudia Valdes ...
(voice) (as Claudia Valdés)
Claudia Valdés ...
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Cuba, 1948. 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. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. Written by Anonymous

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Chico i Rita  »

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Budget:

€9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,172 (UK) (19 November 2010)

Gross:

$247,455 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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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 »

Goofs

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

Ramón: Business? That's my business!
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Connections

References On the Town (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Mambo Herd
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Chico & Rita Cuba Band
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The Animated Oscar Nominee You Haven't Heard of... and Should!
16 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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 ---> http://hobsoft.net/cases/chico

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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