Trailer for Mexican Animated Feature “Ana”

If the Mexican Top Cat feature isn’t your cup of tea, here’s the slick trailer for Ana, a 3-D CG feature directed by Carlos Carrera currently being produced in Mexico. The production company Lo Coloco Films has a placeholder website for now. A Hollywood Reporter piece from three years ago suggested the film’s budget was only $3.2 million which I find kind of hard to believe. But even if it that number doubles or triples, it’s still a bargain compared to American and European animated features.

There’s not much to go by in this trailer, but Carrera has a strong track record as a director. He was nominated for an Oscar for his 2002 live-action film El crimen del Padre Amaro, and earlier he made animated shorts, like El héroe (below) which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

UPDATE: A five-minute clip from Ana was posted today on the film’s Facebook page. The release date on Facebook is listed as May, 2013.

(Thanks, Elisa H. García)


  • paolo

    After Luc Besson, Wes Anderson, Patrice Leconte, Fernando trueba, we have another live action director who shoots an animated feature. Is it a trend? is there some particular reason for it?

    • http://youtube.com/tavoman Tavoman

      Actually Carrera has more animation experience,”El Heroe” is simply the best known, I’m actually quite excited about this one

    • Jorge Garrido

      He made animated shorts, too.

  • http://www.ensaladademoneros.com Gustavo “el chango” Cosio

    Locoloco just released a five minute clip of the movie, wich you can see in their facebook page under videos, its looking pretty damn good! http://www.facebook.com/pages/ANA-BruNo-english/235144093182973

  • http://www.ailhadoceu.com.br Ceu D’Ellia

    Hard to believe, but true.
    Budgets in Latin America are more like alms.
    In Brazil a BIG budget to a animated feature film is around 2 million dollars.
    Considering that a recent list put Rio and Sao Paulo between the 10 most expensive cities in the world to live (hard to believe? go to do some research please, before call me a liar) and you can imagine what does mean to produce animation in such countries.
    A lot could be said about the reason on why is like that. But who cares?
    Finance art and culture in Latin America is just a way to buy and shout up irritating voices.
    Anyway, lots of GOOD LUCK and STRENGTH to Ana & Carlos. Oh, they will need it, how they will.

    • http://dtoons.com/conroy Failed Art Student

      At low prices like that, I wonder if work will be sent there instead of India.

      • pepito

        At least it would be money spent in our same Continent! I would prefer that to it being absorbed by India, Europe would see some of that money before it every came back here.

  • http://lifeincartoonmotion.org Tünde

    I believe the director said (in Annecy, 2010) the budget would be around 5 million.

  • http://tremendoustales.com Christopher Olson

    I’m intrigued, but I found the way the trailer was cut hugely irritating, with the constant interruptions with text that doesn’t say anything, followed by an all too brief scene, rinse, wash, repeat.

    • paolo

      All the trailers are cut this way. I always wonder how one can decide to watch a film after having watched its trailer

  • http://www.locolocofilms.com reginadt

    The budget has been updated, it is now around 6 million dollars.

  • http://super-macho.com Jorge R. Gutierrez

    I’m really looking forward to this. Go Mexico go!

  • GW

    I have to say after looking at a couple of his animated shorts that his hand drawn work seems to be his best. It’s not likely that there’d be a feature with a style quite that good, but it would clearly be the better choice.

  • Toonio

    I knew labor in Mexico was cheap but not this much.

    This reminds me of the south park episode when they try to send an killer whale to the moon and the MASA (Mexicano Aeronáutica y Spacial Administración) wanted $200 pesos to do it.

  • Mewzilla

    I really desire that this movie got the money it needs to be finished! And i really would like that the producers gave them more money to do it so.

    Shamely, many animated movies in México don’t triumph the way American and European do, this usually make the producers anxiety therefore, they tend to not help another production because of fear of failure.

    That way i think that THIS movie will make a difference in our country, and i really wish it does. We need to erase that idea of ” Cheaper, faster and better”, México needs to walk before it can run.

  • http://chamananimation.com Felipe Esquivel

    Ana is a special project done by a very special team on a very shoestring budget. Don’t think you can start outsourcing animation here to Mexico anytime soon, we don’t have enough qualified animators.