The project, which was presented at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this June, is now travelling to Barcelona. It has taken two years’ research to produce and has involved recovering materials, some of which were out of circulation on account of their condition. They will be screened in several sessions at the concert hall of the CCCB.
From 15 to 20 June the French festival, an international name in animated films, hosted this audio-visual programme produced by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) as part of an edition devoted to the Spanish industry.
The film programme includes some 60 titles for the big screen and a similar number for a triple DVD and accompanying catalogue. It brings together an anthology of forgotten historical pieces and recent works to mark the centenary of the birth of animated cinema in Spain.
The works were selected by curator Carolina López and include films by directors such as Segundo de Chomón, Josep Escobar, Francisco Macián, José Luis Moro, Jordi Amorós, Tomàs Bases, Raúl García, Juan Pablo Etcheverry, Isabel Herguera, Javier Mariscal, Anna Solanas, Marc Riba, Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero, Izibene Oñederra, Nicolai Troshinsky and Rocío Álvarez, among many more.
The project has involved the collaboration of Filmoteca de Catalunya, Filmoteca Española and Movierecord, as well as a number of companies and organisations.
Some of the least known and most fascinating films in this cycle are: Garbancito de la Mancha
(Arturo Moreno, 1945), the first feature-length animated film made in colour in Europe; black-and-white advertisements from the 30s by Catalan cartoonists such as Serra i Massana and Ferran; La Edad de Piedra
(Gabriel Blanco, 1965), with cartoons by Chumy Chúmez; the commercials of the Moro and Estela studios; and a short film made by Frederic Amat for the occasion.
The triple DVD-catalogue, published by Cameo, contains a few titles that differ from those shown in the cycle and a booklet with articles by the leading animated film specialists in Spain.
From Doodle to Pixel continues with the project to recover little known films that was begun by CCCB and A/CE with Del Éxtasis al Arrebato
(devoted to Spanish experimental cinema and curated by Antoni Pinent and Andrés Hispano).
Del trazo al píxel. Más de cien años de animación española from La Casa Encendida on Vimeo.