Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Movie Review #306: "Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos" (2015)

Movie"Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos"
Ticket Price: $6.50
Director: Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes
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A young chicken named Toto (Bruno Bichir) must literally bet the farm on his boxing match with champion Rooster Boxer Bankivoide (Sergio Sendel) in order to save it from foreclosure.

BigJ and I live in San Diego, which has a rather large Spanish speaking population spread out between the border and about 70 miles north of it. When we saw this movie, called "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos," the literal translation being "A Chicken/Rooster with Many Eggs" and the English title being "Little Rooster's Egg-Cellent Adventure," debuting at one of our local theaters, we were not the least bit surprised considering our region. Now, I took Spanish as my language of choice in high school and college for many, many years, so I know "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos" also means something much different, much more anatomical, and if we're being frank, it means "A Cock with Big Balls." We hear childless adults and adult-babies at heart flocking to the theater as we speak. On a whim, we decided to check it out, especially considering it is a PG-13 rated animated film, which rarely if ever happens. We didn't expect mucho, and we were certainly not expecting it being in the top 10 its opening week at the box office, as it was this past weekend.

Really all we knew going into this movie was that it is animated, the already mentioned PG-13 rating, and the double-meaning title, which doesn't cease with its name. There are funny double entendres which run regularly throughout the movie and are a big source of humor. We're not sure what compelled Huevocartoon Producciones to make a movie like this in the animated style catered to kids yet peppered with references to happy endings and hairy eggs/balls, but either way, we thoroughly enjoyed it. There is always a worry some of it may get lost in translation if you don't understand any Spanish slang as the English subtitles don't always translate exactly what was said. The main characters in the film are roosters, chickens, eggs, and other farm animals. The focus of the story is on a young rooster named Toto, voiced by Bruno Bichir, brother of Demian. He has dreams of being a boxer/cock fighter, but is kind of a runt and isn't the biggest or strongest rooster out there. Despite this, the eggs of the farm tell stories of Toto from back when he was still an egg himself. Toto was a very brave egg and helped rescue other eggs and bacon that were in danger of being fried and eaten, making Toto a hero and inspiration to young eggs everywhere. The plot itself is your basic underdog boxing story and can be mirrored to almost any other boxing film out there, except it has chickens in the main roles and a lot of dirty comedy woven throughout the story. There are actually a lot of serious laugh out loud moments in the movie, mainly coming from the aforementioned double entendres that run throughout the flick. There are also tons of parodies of iconic films ("Rocky," to name an obvious one), their characters and scenarios (Bumblebee from "Transformers," Frankenstein's monster from "Frankenstein,") and real life humans of cultural significance, as well as a ton of iconic music to go along with it.

This movie really surprised us. We were shocked how much we liked it and how frequently and fervently we actually did laugh. Even though the animation itself is definitely lower budget CGI and not as clean as what you'd get from Pixar and other major studios, it's definitely not a knock on the film and it didn't hurt our experience at all. Overall, "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos" lives up to both its literal translation and its slang terminology and is an entertaining movie with a lot of appeal for older kids and adults alike. Parents of kids under 13 beware, this is a cartoon, but is definitely not made with your childrens in mind.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ~73%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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