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A review of Los Campeones (with some minor spoilers)

Posted in Los Campeones on July 14, 2009 by lili

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From Jesse Justice:

Eddie, Lili,

I just finished watching Los Campeones De Lucha Libre. Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved it!

You guys did not disappoint. Artistically Los Campeones was top notch. All those character designs were great! Not only were the cast of characters wonderful, the attention to things in the background, and the environments that could have been glossed over, were a joy to discover throughout the film. The visuals put me in that Fantasy Mexico that only exists in old Lucha movies.

The characters were so creative. The costumes and character designs were grounded in things I’ve seen over and over again in the wrestling world. As characters appeared on screen I was laughing out loud. I especially loved the Graveyard fight, the death spirit, and the calaveras versions of the heroes were brilliant. The monsters at the end of the picture, cracked me up. (Was that Mecha-Hitler in the back?)

Over and over again the visuals jumped out at me and the animation was really well done. Do you know how long I’ve waited for you guys to animate a wrestling match the way you did in Los Campeones? Way too long.

The story was epic. I can’t believe you guys managed to tell a tale with all those elements, in the time you had. There was classic adventure, wrestling, monsters, mystery, and surprise after surprise. The generation gap between Father and Son, how Dragon Rojo Jr wanted to be his own man, while his father was firmly rooted in his tradition and self-importance, was a powerful part of the movie for me. Something fans have witnessed every-time a mask is handed down. I’m so glad that was part of the story.

Mr Professional was a great character for the lucha libre noobie, his lucha education was a great way to get across all the elements of what goes on in lucha libre. As was the first match where he and Dragon Rojo Jr fought their own partners. I wish I would have thought of that.

The voice acting was great, and that soundtrack was killer. I gotta get it.

Sorry to sound like I’m gushing only praise. This film was one of those things that proved Lucha Libre makes a great vehicle to tell a story without compromise or dumbing things down for the lay-person. Many projects that have had lucha libre in it, always shows their lack of exposure to it, at some point.

I really felt the genuine passion for lucha in this movie. As a hardcore lucha libre fanatic and maybe not the average cinema goer, I loved the film, but I think the film will reach even the most casual of fan as well. The story contains many classic elements, rebellion, coming of age, a little sexiness, action, and honest to goodness story-telling, all the while, having fun.

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THANK YOU, JESSE!!!

P.S. There is no official US-released DVD of Los Campeones yet. We mailed a screener to Jesse Justice.  If you are a film reviewer/friend/cast or crew member who missed our screenings in L.A. and would like to receive a DVD copy, please contact us via the email addresses on the right side of this page.

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Los Campeones Screening In Sydney

Posted in Los Campeones with tags , on June 29, 2009 by eddie

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In the early 1990’s when I lived in Sydney, I used to walk past a strange interesting-looking storefront in inner-city Chippendale.  The window displayed a huge painting of an Alien head, and inside the store was all manner of weird pop-culture items and artifacts.  Well, the place turned out to be the ‘Mu-Meson Archives’ , a wonderful mix of obscure film, UFology, pop-culture and conspiracy theory  – you know a real alternative to everything else that was out there.

I got to know the Mu-Meson founders Jamie and Aspasia, and it was Jamie (aka Jay Katz) who in 1993 out of the blue said to me “Have you heard about those movies from the 50’s & 60’s where Mexican Wrestlers would fight monsters?”

What?  He had to be making this up, surely?   Well he wasn’t, and 16 years (!) later – after 3 episodes of Rudo By Night, 52 episodes and a feature length DVD of Mucha Lucha!, and countless excursions to watch Lucha Libre in Tijuana, Mexico City and California – our feature film ‘Los Campeones de La Lucha Libre’ screens at the Mu-Meson archives theatre on July 3rd, 2009.

If you are in Sydney, the screening is at 8PM, (Crn Parramatta Rd & Trafalgar St Annandale) together with a documentary entitled Tales from Mexico of Wrestling Politics & Religion  and some informative narration and banter from Jay Katz and Miss Death themselves.  Wish we could be there.

In Keith’s “Lucha Kitchen”

Posted in Los Campeones on June 14, 2009 by lili

I love my new portable Creative Vado HD camera . I can hook this up directly to my computer’s USB port for download; or directly to my HDTV for viewing on a big screen. So cool. I have been shooting all kinds of crap, and enjoying too that I can easily grab stills from the recorded video.

Here we go, a recent Vado shoot. By no means *high-quality video* but it was fun to do. Edited by Eddie.
Subject: Directors & Writer’s Greeting and Intro to Los Campeones De La Lucha Libre
Location: Keith Rainville‘s lucha kitchen – LOOK AT ALL THAT STUFF!

This intro video will be shown at MuMeson (Sydney, Australia) for the premiere of Los Campeones.

Los Campeones screening in Sydney; DVDs

Posted in Los Campeones with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by lili

Another reminder (and these will keep comin’) that our animated movie Los Campeones De La Lucha Libre will be premiering in Sydney, Australia next month. Yep, this is the first time that it will be showing in Australia! Unfortunately we can’t make it to Sydney,  but we will be there in spirit!

Date: July 3rd, 2009
Place: Mu-Meson Archives, Annandale
Time: TBD

Link to MuMeson website and film program: http://www.mumeson.org/

Our hosts Jay Katz and Miss Death are also showing a Lucha Libre documentary, and we will be present via DVD (we are preparing a little something to proceed the movie – not least explaining how Eddie was introduced to ‘Mexican Wrestling movies’ all those years ago by Mr. Jay Katz himself!)

Furthermore, word has it that DVDs of Los Campeones have been released in Mexico by BouncyNet Inc.  These are fullscreen (why no widescreen?) versions with both Spanish and English audio and subtitles. No US distribution yet. More information about our movie can found in the downloadable L.C. presskit.

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