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Date: Tuesday, September 5th
Venue: Grand Hall
Time: 4:00 pm
From Doodles to Pixels: Over One Hundred Years of Spanish Animation is a response to the desire to showcase a little known history – that of Spanish animation cinema. Films like Chico & Rita (Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba, Tono Errando, 2010), Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones (Enrique Gato, 2012) or Pos Eso (Sam, 2014) have put Spanish animation on the international map, but these examples are just the tip of the iceberg of the talent and years of hard work involved in creating art and industry, in some cases against all the odds. This cycle is the result of a task of research, revision and recovery of historical material in dialogue with more recent works. From Doodles to Pixels is a coproduction of the CCCB and AC/E that brings together a selection of films animated using diverse techniques that represent turbulent times ranging from the early twentieth century to the present day. It features recurring themes such as links with the world of comic books, reflections of political concerns and dialogue with the visual arts. It’s a story with lots of gaps and isolated landmarks (Europe’s first animated colour feature was Garbancito de la Mancha), dotted with forgotten works; for years, it seemed as though Spanish animation hardly existed. This programme shows that nothing could be further from the truth. Great care has been taken to choose works representing each time period and trend, as well as highlighting Spain’s idiosyncrasy with all its cultural diversity.

Session 1. DOODLES
Duration: 81 min

The programme starts out with a short by Segundo de Chomon, the illustrious pioneer who worked in Spain, France and Italy. His short The Gold Spider is one of the most admirable pieces in his filmography with some stunning animation sequences for the time. Some vintage promotional spots using nitrate film were collected for this event, like Radio RCA (around 1935) by Enrique Ferran, created in Barcelona during the Second Spanish Republic. A few ads by the productive Mr. Serra I Massana and other more satirical unknown artists, La bronca and Cambo i l’autonomia (around 1918), were also restored. These films demonstrate the strength of on-screen graphic humour. K-Hito (En los pasillos del congreso, 1932) and Jose Escobar (El fakir Gonzalez) were both writers and directors. During this period, political, social comics were all the rage. Later, Javier Mariscal (Chico & Rita) and Calpurnio Pison, two other popular contemporary cartoonists, started making animation films based on their trademark characters Los Garriris and Cuttlas.

01 L’Araignée d’or (The Gold Spider)
Segundo de Chomon, 1908, 8:40
In the stop-motion pioneer and Aragon native’s “trick” film, a magic spider is stolen from a monkish society of gnomes. Courtesy of Lobster Films.

02 En los pasillos del congreso (Down the Hallways of the Congress)
K-Hito (Ricardo Garcia), 1932, 2:00
The famed caricaturist critiques the newly installed government of Spain’s Second Republic

03 Alimentos de régimen Santiveri (Santiveri Diet Food commercial)
Josep Serra i Massana, 1932-1935, 2:11

04 Tabú, colorete en polvo (Tabu Powder Blush commercial)
Josep Serra i Massana, 1933, 1:08

05 Radio RCA
Enrique Ferran, circa 1935, 2:00
Broadcast music evokes erotic and racial fantasies in this commercial.

06 El fakir González buscador de oro (Fakir Gonzalez, the Gold Digger)
Joaquim Muntanola, 1942, 8:12
The eponymous hero of the Fakir Gonzalez series hunts for gold from New York to the Wild West.

07 Juanito va de caza (Little Johnny Goes Hunting)
Salvador Mestres, 1942, 8:00

08 El cascabel de Zapirón (A Bell for Zapirón)
Josep Escobar, 1943, 8:00
In the mold of cat-and-mouse cartoons from the US, this musical revenge comedy is based on a Spanish fable.

09 Don Cleque flautista
Jaume Baguna, 1944, 8:12
Wonderful sound of Don Cleque’s flute makes him join to the birds to sing their melodies.

10 Garabatos: Manolete (Doodles: Manolete)
Jaume Baguna y Manuel Diaz, 1943-44, 8:00
This “issue” of the screen’s graphic humor magazine bears some stylistic influence of New York’s Fleischer animation studio.

11 Los tambores de Fu-Aguarrás (The Drums of Fu-Aguarrás)
Jaume Baguna, 1945, 9:10
From a leading creator of Spanish comic strips and cartoons comes his Andalusian main character, Civilón.

12 El bueno de Cuttlas (Good Old Cuttlas)
Calpurnio Pison, 1991, 8:48
Stick-figure animation makes for a witty genre send-up of the Western.

13 Amarillo verano (Yellow Summer)
Javier Mariscal, 2013, 4:40
This sunny pop-music piece by the multimedia artist and designer celebrates Mediterranean summers.

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