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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 7 & 8

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Friday 2/10
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From Doodles to Pixels - Program 7: Destino Hollywood (and Beyond)

Adept for spotting the most talented artists, Disney called on Salvador Dalí in the 1940s to draw up a film that would be made decades later, Destino (2003). Over the years, big studios abroad have counted on Spanish artists and other professionals in various animation sectors: Amblimation (Raúl García), Disney (Carlos Baena, Lorelai Bové), Pixar (Rodrigo Blaas, Charlie Ramos), DreamWorks (Grangel Studio, Víctor Vinyals) and Aardman (Pascual Pérez). We’ve also assembled the personal work of Guillermo Garía Carsí, the creator of Pocoyó, the innovative series watched by millions of little ones all over the world; the first short that Charlie Ramos made at the time when working at Pixar was only a dream to him; a silly fake commercial by Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado (now at the head of Headless Studio), after Nocturna (2007); Enrique Gato’s first short where his eponymous hero came to life, Tadeo Jones (2004); as well as How to Cope With Death (2002) by Ignacio Ferraras, who gained the recognition he needed to make his first feature, Wrinkles (2011), based on the graphic novel by Paco Roca.

The Metamorphosis Part 1, Charlie Ramos, 1998, 8 mins.

Top Gum, Víctor Vinyals, 2001, 2 mins.

How to Cope With Death, Ignacio Ferreras, 2002, 3 mins.

Tadeo Jones, Enrique Gato, 2004, 10 mins.

The Tell-Tale Heart, Raul García, Spain-USA, 2005, 10 mins.

Alma, Rodrigo Blaas, Spain-USA, 2009, 5 mins.

Doomed: A Biological Cartoon!, Guillermo García Carsí, 2011, 10 mins.

Historias de Éste, Pascual Pérez, 2011, 7 mins.

Strange Oaks, Headless Studio, 2013, 1 min.

Program approx. 57 mins.

Recommended for 12 and over.

Followed by

From Doodles to Pixels - Program 8: Next Generation

This program is a collection of shorts that were produced in Spain over the past ten years, some of them young Spanish filmmakers who are already known worldwide like Rocío Álvarez, Dvein Blanca Font, Busto and Nicolai Troshinsky. Selected for your viewing pleasure: Raúl Arroyo’s film I Come by Every Day (2004) and other noteworthy shorts like the stop-motion based on horrifying true events that took place at the beginning of the 20th century in Barcelona, The Twin Girls of Sunset Street (2010); the fifth part of Jossie Malis’ Bendito Machine (2014); Zepo (2014), the tragic story told through sand animation which is also in competition this year; The Giant, a poetic tale about fatherhood; and finally Princesa china (2014) by Thomàs Bases, one of our most talented filmmakers working in 3D.

Cada día paso por aquí, Raúl Arroyo, 2004, 8 mins.

Les bessones del carrer de Ponent, Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, 2010, 13 mins.

Crik-Crak, Rocío Álvarez, 2011, 1 min.

O Xigante, Julio Vanzeler and Luis da Matta, 2012, 10 mins.

Astigmatismo, Nicolai Troshinsky, 2012, 4 mins.

The Vein ‘Magma’, Dvein, 2013, 1 min.

The Day I Killed My Best Friend, Blanca Font and Busto Algarín, 2013, 6 mins.

Zepo, César Díaz Meléndez, 2014, 3 mins.

Bendito Machine V, Jossie Malis, 2014, 12 mins.

Princesa china, Tomàs Bases, 2014, 5 mins.

Program approx. 66 min.

Recommended for 12 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.