Chico and Rita is a 2010 Spanish animated film that looks like “The Boondocks” mixed with the stories of Junot Diaz.
The characters are charmingly simple, fluidly working their was through cheery, storybook backgrounds. Chico and Rita move with startlingly human mechanics in scenes alive with movement: wide shots of the city and a particularly sensuous scene of Rita dancing highlight the movie’s warm and brilliant direction.
At times the animation looks amateurish, the victim of a stunted budget. While the voice acting is top notch, the script mismanages pacing frequently.
“Chico and Rita” 3/5