Chico & Rita


Chico & Rita

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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 desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others. -- (C) GKIDS


Limara Meneses
as Rita (Speaking Voice)
Mario Guerra
as Ramón (Speaking Voice)
Bebo Valdes
as Chico (Singing Voice)
Eman Xor Oña
as Chico (Speaking Voice)
Idania Valdés
as Rita (Singing Voice)
Estrella Morente
as Estrella Morente (Singing)
Freddy Cole
as Nat King Cole (Singing)
Pedrito Martínez
as Miguelito Valdés (Singing)
Amadito Valdés
as Tito Puente (Singing)
Yaroldi Abreu
as Chano Pozo (Singing)
Rolando Luna
as Chico (Celia) - (Singing)
Michael Phillip Mossman
as Dizzie Gillespie (Instrumentals)
Jimmy Heath
as Ben Webster (Instrumentals)
German Velazco
as Charlie Parker (Instrumentals)
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  • Mar 02, 2016
    Refreshing and charming.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
    <i>Chico y Rita</i> did two things principally: it transported us 6 decades into the past and revived the jazzy streets and passions of La Habana with a fantastic animation style. You do miss certain aspects if you are not a Spanish speaker, but it shows that this great animated Latin microcosm has something special prepared for audiences worldwide, with a spectacular soundtrack, an amazing original dubbing work, a very realistic attention to audiovisual detail, romance, craziness, all of this briefly contrasted with the contemporary, post-revolutionary society of Cuba and its effect on music trends. Fear not, because this is a Spanish feature, and you know how much Spain is fan of eroticism. So, the fact that they were dealing with animation did not stop them ;) 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2013
    A jazz pianist and a flamenco dancer fall in love but split during political turmoil. This foreign animated film is a nice albeit predictable love story. The characters make all the mistakes of youth, but the story is told with a certain deftness that made me forgive the film its inadequacies. The animation is good, naturalistic at times, frenetic during the jazzy scenes, attempting to take on the "look of the music," and oddly sexy where appropriate. Overall, I enjoyed this film even if I didn't think it had anything new to offer.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    Chico is currently an old man living in Havana. One day, he hears a song that he wrote fifty years before and is transported back to 1948 when he and his friend Ramon were out clubbing with two American women. But Chico has eyes for no one but Rita, a shapely singer, who hardly gives him the time of day and leaves with an American date with Chico sadly not getting any closer to knowing her any better. But Ramon helps find her at the Tropicana, the hottest nightclub in town and then Chico and Rita finally hit it off. But not before a close escape from the American paramour, thus allowing Chico and Rita to make beautiful music that night while Ramon gets to spend the night with the American women. "Chico and Rita" is an exuberant and bittersweet animated film that is both nostalgic and anti-nostalgic. For the first, it satisfies the viewer's need for hand drawn animation to expressionistically recapture a lost world of great music and artists, including a few cameos and apparently one true life incident thrown in, centered around a tempestuous love affair that both inflames and inspires. Along these same lines, this world is not as pretty as memory recalls, which the straight lines of computer animation could not capture, with the subjects of racism and questions about whether Cuba is better off after the revolution coming to light.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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