Anacleto, secret agent, new Spanish comic character that makes the leap to film


DANIEL G. Aparicio

  • On September 4 ‘Anacleto: Secret Agent’ premieres, starring Imano Arias and based on the homonymous comic Vazquez
  • Mort and Phil are the Spanish comic characters that most movies have staged so far.
  • Makinavaja, Zip and Zap and Captain Thunder also came to the movies.


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Although few shade the Mortadelo and Filemon: immortal, famous actors TIA They are not the only comic book characters who have escaped the bullets to delight generations of English readers on the big screen. Zip and Zap and Captain Thunder have been some who have succeeded. The next to do is Anacleto, secret agent character created by Vazquez in 1964 to hit theaters next September 4.

Like the comic, the film parody movies, series and spy novels, especially those related to James Bond”” Bond. However, there are differences from the original work, such as a greater load of action in comics, where humor was the keynote. Comedy mainstay remains, but combined with more typical adrenaline moments blockbusters Hollywood cartoons 60s.

On the other hand, there are also developments in the approach. Anacleto is no longer a young spy but an agent Pelaz dark hair grizzled veteran played by Imanol Arias. Moreover, it is not the only protagonist of the story. This time, the hero shares adventures with his son Adolfo, who puts face Quim Gutierrez. Vazquez The villain is a criminal played by Carlos Areces, which is called the name of the creator of Anacleto.

All these characters will soon become part of the ever-expanding list of Spanish comic stories made into films. Manuel Vazquez Gallego own starred in one of them, The Great Vazquez (2010), starring Santiago Segura about the life of this comic always harassed by debt due to its bohemian life centered game women.

Back to the cartoons, the Spanish kings of the film adaptation are certainly Mortadelo and Philemon. Ibanez comic characters have starred in six films. The first two, which were published in 1969 and 1970 respectively, were collections of short animated films paths. The third, in 1971, was The cabinet of time , consists of seven short stories but with a common main plot.

It took more than three decades to the characters return to the movies, did in 2003 with The great adventure of Mortadelo and Filemon , but this time in the flesh and under the direction of Guillermo Fesser. Pepe Viyuela was Philemon and the peculiar Benito Pocino was Mortadelo. Five years later, repeated Viyuela role in Mortadelo and Philemon. Mission: Save the Earth , but his partner became Edu Soto

The latest adventure of these agents hilarious secrets, Mortadelo and Filemon against Jimmy horny (2014), is also the work of a Fesser, Javier, who was in charge of directing and guionizar premiere Ibanez characters in computer animation.

The mischievous twins Zip and Zap have also given rise to several adaptations. In 1981, at which enjoyed great popularity, they became flesh and blood children in The Adventures of Zip and Zap . In 2003, the company updated the BRB animated adventures of the brothers with a TV series a few years later reconverted movie, The Monstrous Adventures Zip and Zap . More popular is the latest adaptation, again with flesh and blood actors, the blockbuster Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang , that raised 5 million euros in 2013.

The pimp Makinavaja, protagonist of a series of cartoons made by the Spanish artist Ivà between 1986 and 1994 for the magazine Thursday , also he had his moment of glory movie. In 1992, Andrés Pajares became the star of Makinavaja, the last choriso . Jesus Bonilla was his friend ‘Popi’ and Mary Santpere played his mother. She is dedicated, since his death, the sequel to the film, dangerous Semos (uséase Makinavaja 2) , which opened just a year later, in 1993.

In 1994, following in the footsteps of Makinavaja, was released Stories Hooker mili , also based on the homonymous comic Ramón ‘Ivà’ Tosas ‘for Thursday .

Less fortunate have had more serious heroes. The Warrior Mask came to the big screen in 2010 with a budget cut and indie, and Captain Thunder in Skin Sergio Peris-Mencheta, did the same in 2011. Both heroes met their missions with more pain than glory.

animation Goomer, one of the many characters of The Little Country , suffered a great setback in 1999. Very much better it was to Aging in 2012, a film that has had many awards such as the eponymous comic Paco Roca on which it is based.

Adaptations of European taste

In the rest of Europe there is also a significant number of film adaptations of comics. The record is France with Asterix Uderzo and Goscinny, with ten animated films based on his adventures and four live action in which Gérard Depardieu has always played the role of Obelix.

On the other hand, Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, you can boast of having been directed by Steven Spielberg. It was in 2011 in the computer animation film The Adventures of Tintin:. The Secret of the Unicorn

Among the most notable adjustments are the French Persepolis , based on the eponymous graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi and just as outstanding this.

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