Box Office - 02/01/2012 3 stars out of 5 -- "Trueba and co-helmers Tono Errando and Javier Mariscal have created a visually sensual and aurally unimpeachable ride through various post-war musical forms, most importantly Cuban jazz."
Movieline - 02/09/2012
"It's gorgeous to look at -- the images are stylized and detailed at once, as fluent in capturing the movement of human bodies as they are in portraying the luxe deco excitement of ?50s Havana, New York and Las Vegas."
New York Times - 02/10/2012
"Sexy, sweet and laced with a sadness at once specific to its place and time and accessible to anyone with a breakable heart, CHICO & RITA is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/17/2012
"It's a treat to see an animated movie for adults....The codirectors, Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, work with a noirish glow steeped in their reverence for old Cuba, and for old-movie romance." -- Grade: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/22/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The music is terrific. Idania Valdes dubs Rita's sensuous, smoky singing voice, and the film is essentially constructed as a musical."
Los Angeles Times - 03/09/2012
"Drawn with a moody artistry, shaded by its Cuban musical roots, CHICO & RITA is a buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes."
A love affair between two musicians spans six decades and numerous countries and political regimes in this animated romantic drama. In 1948, Chico (voice of Eman Xor Ona) is a hotshot jazz pianist living in Havana, where his reputation as a ladies' man nearly outshines his talent at the keyboard. One night, Chico sees Rita (voice of Limara Meneses) singing "Love for Sale" at a nightclub, and it's love at first sight, though Rita is put off by the fact Chico already has a steady girl. However, when Chico backs Rita during a talent competition held at a Havana radio station, she realizes they're musically simpatico, and her heart soon follows her creative instincts. But after a quarrel with Chico, Rita is approach by Ron, an American talent scout who says he can make her a star, and she takes him up on the offer, traveling with him to New York. Not wanting to lose Rita, Chico and his best friend Ramon head to New York City, but as Rita achieves fame and fortune in the United States, Chico finds the limelight is keeping them apart, and after returning to Cuba, the island's unstable political climate proves even better than Ron at keeping him away from Rita. CHICO Y RITA (aka CHICO AND RITA) was a collaboration between filmmaker and music producer Fernando Trueba, artist and designer Javier Mariscal, and animator and director Tono Errando, and features cartoon "cameo appearances" from a number of legendary jazz artists, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chano Pozo.
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