Bright splashy colors, bright smiles, a love story soaked in summer-y jazz, set in Cuba, Hollywood and New York.
That’s Chico & Rita, nominated this past year for a best animated feature Oscar, and set for digital release on iTunes next Tuesday by Cinedigm Entertainment Group. A standard DVD and limited edition collector’s set on DVD and Blu-ray come out Sept. 18.
Directed by Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and artist Javier Mariscal, the movie is like a vibrant, beautifully drawn postcard come to life. Chico, a piano player, and Rita, a knock-em dead Christina Hendricks curvy singer, fall in love and lust in1948, and deal with heartbreak and separation.
Check out the exclusive clip below, a dream sequence filled with New York big band pizazz, and Chico imagining Rita with her hips going ba-da-bum down a staircase like a Cuban Marilyn Monroe.