If you are of the feeling that big animation projects are handled by the Americans, the Chinese or other people from Asian countries, you are wrong. Latin America is also very much on the map of animators.
Around 100 feature-length animated films are currently being developed or produced across Central and South America. Most of them are craftily produced in modest studios with immense creative potential, the financial architecture being the main obstacle for most films.
In order to alleviate this, government development measures are being implemented and at the same time regional and international co-production is becoming an upward trend.
The places that produce the majority of the live-action films are also the most dynamic in terms of animation. These places are Brazil and Mexico where animation has been responsible for several of the latest blockbusters, such as the Huevocartoon phenomenon or The Legends theatrical series by Ánima Studios, the company that was also behind Guardians of Oz and the CGI film Top Cat Begins.
Other blooming countries in the field of animation of the LatAm region are Chile and Colombia.
Down below, we present 10 projects that are part of the emerging Latin American animation production scene.
Virus Tropical/ Persepolis
This is Colombian filmmaker Santiago Caicedo’s debut film. For the film, he used solid 2D aesthetics in black and white for this adaptation of the successful Virus Tropical comic by Colombian-Ecuadorian PowerPaola that has been published throughout the entire continent as well as in Spain, France, and the United States. This Latin American version named Persepolis arrives in theaters in 2017.
Inzomnia is a fantastic and dystopian film that brings together a team formed by national professionals such as Karla Castañeda and international stop motion artists. This is a feature debut by one of the most important names in Mexican stop motion, Luis Téllez.
Dalia and the Red Book (Dalia y el libro rojo)
The director of Rodencia and the Princess’s Tooth, David Bisbano is currently working on Dalia and the Red Book, an endearing story for the whole family with an innovative mixed media technique that combines CGI with stop-motion sets, textures and lighting.
Bob Cuspe – We Don’t Like People (Bob Cuspe – nós não gostamos de gente)
After doing several award-winning shorts, director César Cabral, Brazilian stop-motion icon makes his feature film debut. He puts together cartoon character Bob Cuspe (a survivor punk) and his creator comic strip writer Angeli, in a lyrical and surreal comedy dubbed by Milhem Cortaz, Paulo Miklos, Grace Gianoukas, and Angeli himself.
Ana & Bruno (Ana y Bruno)
One of the most anticipated regional films that, after several years of development, will have its premiere at Annecy next month.
A film for the whole family, the film tells the story of Ana and her fantastic friends. The film marks the return to animation of Carlos Carrera, winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes for the 1994 released animated short El héroe.
Nahuel and the Magical Book (Nahuel y el libro mágico)
Produced by Pato Escala, who had earlier made the Oscar-winning Bear Story, Nahuel and the Magical Book, the film is a 2D story that takes place in the cultural and natural universe of the magical archipelago of Chilé. This Chilean filmmaker’s debut film will premiere in 2018.
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos)
One of the most iconic legends in the Aztecs’ land functions as a muse to this film, which is set in a 3D universe of pure Mexican idiosyncrasy. This film will be director Carlos Gutiérrez’s debut and it would release in Mexico i\on November 3 this year.
Lila’s Book (El libro de Lila)
The first animated movie from the Cauca region of Colombia. A film that combines 2D and 3D techniques to tell a story set in Cali that feeds from other natural landscapes in Colombia. This happens to be the debut feature by Marcela Rincón, who had earlier helmed two series namely Guillermina and Candelario.
After making several short films, the Esparza brothers (Luis Ángel and Mauricio Esparza) recreate the Mochica Empire from Pre-Columbian era to develop their first animated feature. With Magaly Solier and Marcello Rivera lending their voices to the main characters, Mochica will release in 2018.
The first animated feature film from Minas Gerais is 2D. It uses references from real images and sound, and will be distributed by Vitrine Filmes.
A trip through indigenous villages based on the story by German ethnologist Curt Nimuendajú, who from 1903 until his death studied the native communities of Brazil.