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Chico & Rita Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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About the Author
Fernando Trueba is a multiaward-winning writer, director, and producer, with a career spanning more than three decades in film, television, documentaries, theater, and music. Javier Mariscal is an artist and designer working in multiple fields, including illustration, graphics, comic books, paintings, animation, interiors, product design, furniture, and web design. He has a long-standing association with the New Yorker.
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Chico & Rita fall for each other, and most viewers will fall in love with the two of them, plus several of the other characters, especially Chico's sidekick Ramon. When they are playing their music and moving to the beat, the effect is joyful. There is quite a lot of great music in Chico & Rita from a variety of jazz giants of the era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Woody Herman. For jazz fans, this might easily be the best movie soundtrack in years.
The animation is a joy to behold. Although the characters are fairly simply drawn, there is often a gorgeous amount of detail in the background, right down to the era- and location-appropriate advertising signs on buildings. As I think back to the street scenes in Havana, I almost recall them as real-life pictures rather than drawings. Several times there is a 3-D effect as the perspective changes and the scenery adjusts appropriately, as though a camera were moving through space. The animation does not imitate any other studio's style, and it truly is a work of art.
But it is ultimately the storyline that gives Chico & Rita its strongest emotional pull. Although I felt there might be a few flaws, including what Rita does with the second half of her life, I can accept them. Chico & Rita are characters that viewers will fall in love with.
If you are at all a jazz fan, or a music lover, or someone with an interest in Cuba, or someone looking for a good love story, then I highly recommend Chico & Rita.
If you grew up or is a fan of Latin jazz in the 50s and 60s you might enjoy this movie.
The reason why I gave it 4 stars is because it works perfectly in the medium of novelization or companion but if you are looking for the solid story, it is better to see the film for many aspects of feelings (especially the music) are executed better in the film.
Like I said, if you were a fan of the movie, the art, and the story this is for you. I highly suggest to buy the CD as well so you can fully immerse yourself in the story.
This is a wonderful animated movie with an amazing sound track. It's a love story about two Latin performers and their music. I am not going to say more than that. There is a little bit of nudity but nothing over the top that you wouldn't see in a regular Hollywood movie.
I decided I wanted to own this movie that's my reason for buying it. And this combo comes with a CD of the music which makes it even more special and a worth while buy.
Shipment arrived as expected, no surprises. I am very happy!