Photo: Juan José Campanella
Juan Jose Campanella’s first animated venture, “Futbolín” is based on a short story by writer/cartoonist Roberto Fontanarrosa. The Argentine director won the best Foreign Film 2010 Academy Award for his breathtaking “El Secreto De Sus Ojos.”
During the weeks preceding and following the 2010 Oscars, Campanella cited the adaptation of Fontanarrosa’s “Memorias de un Wing Derecho” as a possible future endeavor.
Production has already started, with the support of Plural-Jempsa, a Spanish-Argentine conglomerate, Antena 3 films, and the collaboration of Canal +. Campanella has also chosen as his right hand man, one of the creators of “Despicable Me,” Sergio Pablos, who will supervise the animation process, after working through the years in animated films like Hercules, Tarzan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Futbolín will tell the story of Amadeo, a shy but talented young boy who must face the most frightening rival on a soccer field: “El Crack.”
To prepare for this clash, Amadeo will count with the help of a Foosball team led by Wing, the team’s charismatic right forward.
In addition to filmmaking, Campanella is an accomplished Television director, having worked in popular series like “Law and Order” “30 Rock” and “House.”