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From Doodles to Pixels: Over One Hundred Years of Spanish Animation

From Doodles to Pixels: Over One Hundred Years of Spanish Animation - Programs 5 & 6

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From Doodles to Pixels - The Artist’s Trace: Program 5
During the 1970s, an industry began to get off the ground by answering to the needs of content for the small screen, although some creatives were more attracted to the art scene, seeing a fantastic medium for bringing all the arts together in animation. Spain certainly had a few big names working in the field including Iván Zulueta (a key figure in Spain’s underground filmmaking scene), José Antonio Sistiaga and Rafael Ruiz Balerdi (two of the founding members of the Gaur group of Basque modern artists, created in 1966), Frederic Amat (whose film Estela was made especially for this program of films), Marcel·lí Antúnez (founding member of La Fura dels Baus theatre troupe) and the tandem of video artists David Bestué and Marc Vives. And not forgetting Minotauromaquia (2004), the extraordinary plasticine interpretation of the universe of one of Spain’s greatest artists, Picasso, as well as the new generation of artist-animators such as Izibene Oñederra, Alberto Vázquez and Laura Ginès who, like Juan Pablo Etcheverry or Mercedes Gaspar, come from the prolific Fine Arts background.

Get Back, Iván Zulueta, 1969, 5’20”
Homenaje a Tarzán, Rafael Ruiz Balerdi, 1970, 4’41’’
No sé, Nicéforo Ortiz, 1985, 5’35’’
Impresiones en la alta atmósfera, José Antonio Sistiaga, 1988-89, 6’32”
20 días de amor, Etxegaraico Goti (José Félix González Placer) 1991, 4’08’’
Las partes de mí que te aman son seres vacíos, Mercedes Gaspar, 1995, 8’55’’
Geroztik ere… (And since then...), Begoña Vicario, 1999, 1’55”
Minotauromaquia: Pablo en el Laberinto, Juan Pablo Etcheverry, 2004, 9’14”
Estado de cambio, David Betsué y Vives, 2010, 6’35”
Hotzanak, For Your Own Safety, Izibene Oñederra, 2013, 5’24”
Cromo, Marcel·lí Antunez, 2013, 3’54”
Sangre de unicornio, Alberto Vázquez, 2013, 8’17’’
Tengo miedo, Laura Ginès, 2014 3’30
Estela, Frederic Amat, 2015, 1’53”

Program approx. 76 min.
Recommended for 18 and over.

followed by
From Doodles to Pixels - Program 6: Humor and Carnage

El Papus Magazine produced the first animated feature for adults in 1979, Historias de amor y masacre, made up of shorts by the most caustic artists of their time – Óscar, Gila, Ivà, Perich, Chumy Chúmez and Jordi Amorós (JA) ‒ joined together by the latter. This is the least politically correct and the most aggressive programme in the cycle. As all the bad did not disappear during the democratic transition, we’ve included later works that are political or social in nature and some reflecting conspiracy theory paranoia, on controversial subjects like immigration, consumerism, domestic violence or abuse of power. To whet your appetite, we’ve included two of the oldest shorts in the programme dealing with political themes in a satirical manner: La bronca and Cambó i l’autonomia, dating back to the early twentieth century. You can also enjoy the work of Sam before Possessed and films as recent as the iconoclast Amor de mono from the collective from Madrid, Trimono.

La bronca
, Anónimo, 1917, 1’23”
Cambó i l’autonomia, Anónimo, 1918, 40”
La edad de piedra, Gabriel Blanco con dibujos de Chumy Chúmez, 1965, 11’09
Pasión siega (excerpt from Historias de amor y masacre), Jordi Amorós, 1979, 13’
Caracol, col, col, Pablo Llorens, 1995, 12’
Cirugía, Alberto González Vázquez, 2006, 2’20”
Vicenta, Sam, 2010, 22’13”
Amor de mono, Trimono, 2015, 4’

Program approx. 66 min.
Recommended for 18 and over.

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 y Tono Errando, 2010), Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones (Enrique Gato, 2012) and 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 retrospective 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 co-production of the Contemporary Cultural Center of Barcelona and Acción Cultural Española 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 color feature was Garbancito de la Mancha), dotted with forgotten works; for years, it seemed as though Spanish animation hardly existed. This program 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.
Co-presented with the Cinema Studies Program and Hispanic & Portuguese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Film programs at International House are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Wyncote Foundation.