Condorito: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Appeal of silly, suggestive comic is lost in translation.
  • PG
  • 2018
  • 88 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes the importance of friendship, family, and generosity. Shows Condorito's emotional growth from self-absorbed slacker to a hero who's willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. Also encourages community and taking care of those who are less fortunate. Women aren't portrayed especially positively (see "role models" section).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The only overt role models are Yayita -- who directs an orphanage, loves her parents, and tries to give Condorito the benefit of the doubt -- and Cone, who's resourceful, self-sufficient, brave, and caring. Condorito is far from perfect but manages to grow throughout the story and ends up being better, braver, and more aware of others because of his adventures. On the downside, there's a somewhat troubling depiction of women as either sexy vixens, sexy girls next door, or unattractive and shrewish.

Violence

Lots of pratfalls. An alien ship abducts a woman. The aliens plan to take over and enslave other planets and their inhabitants. A space ship blows up, and Condorito, Cone, and Treme almost die. Soccer players "dive" and pretend to be seriously hurt. A defibrillator is used humorously on Condorito.

Sex

Lots of references, both subtle and overt, to sexy women, the joys of a bachelor's life, romantic love, and sex. Women either sport huge breasts and cleavage or are large and hairy. Condorito and Yayita kiss a few times. The alien leader falls instantly in love with Yayita's mom. He gives her a bust-enhancing gown to wear, proposes, and in one scene massages her while she’s wearing what looks like a leotard. He later makes a joke about needing "four minutes" to "celebrate" with her in private.

Language

Insult language (subtitled in English, audible in Spanish) includes "idiot," "bimbos," "stupid," "fool," "bum," and "birdbrain." Also "hell," "butt-kicking," "bucktoothed sack of lead," "aroused," "donkey butt," "hairy ape," etc.

Consumerism

Nothing in the movie itself, but Condorito is a popular comic throughout Spanish-speaking world/communities.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many scenes of adult men drinking beer in a local bar. A man's response to his soccer team's victory is to yell "free drinks!" Some characters appear drunk and can't walk in a straight line.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Condorito is a Spanish-language animated comedy about a human-like condor with a knack for causing trouble. Based on a beloved Chilean comic strip that's been popular throughout Latin America since 1949, the subtitled movie features a pan-Latino voice ensemble, including Mexican, Colombian, Peruvian, Argentinian, and Chilean actors. Although the screen adaptation isn't as chauvinistic as the comic, there's definitely still plenty of innuendo and sexual references (including cleavage-flaunting women) and many double-meaning jokes; they may go over the head of younger kids, but middle schoolers will likely understand. For example: A male alien commander says he has to "celebrate" with his human love interest but is told he has only 20 minutes -- to which he replies, "I only need four." Language includes insults ("bimbos," "birdbrain," "stupid," "idiot," etc.) as well as "hell," "donkey butt," "bum," and more. Men from Condorito's town are frequently found drinking in a bar, and one man is obviously a drunk who can't even walk in a straight line. As for the violence, it's mostly cartoonish pratfalls (accompanied by the comic's signature "plop"), but there are also a couple of explosions and near deaths.

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What's the story?

CONDORITO: THE MOVIE is an animated film based on a popular, decades-old Chilean comic strip about an anthropomorphic condor who lives in the fictional village of Pelotillehue. The opening prologue reveals that Condorito is, in fact, the descendant of a "featherless condor" who saved humanity from an alien overlord attack during pre-Columbian times. That original condor was able to steal and bury an alien amulet of unlimited power, thereby putting a stop to the aliens' ability to enslave humans -- or other galactic creatures. Fast-forward to the present, and the aliens have returned. They track down Condorito (voiced by Omar Chaparro), who's a laid-back soccer player with a serious girlfriend, Yayita (Jessica Cediel). When the aliens call Condorito and demand the amulet in exchange for anything he desires, Condorito assumes it's a wireless company's spam call and says he'll agree to the exchange if Yayita's overbearing mother, Tremebunda (Coco Legrand), is taken away. Later that day, during a birthday celebration for Treme, the aliens abduct her and instruct Condorito to find the amulet. Of course, this lands Condorito in hot water with a devastated Yayita, who breaks up with him. Condorito and his condor nephew, Cone, team up to find the amulet and rescue Treme without allowing the aliens to take over the universe.

Is it any good?

This adaptation isn't well served by its convoluted sci-fi narrative; ultimately, the movie's appeal is unlikely to cross over to audiences who aren't already established fans of the Chilean comic. Those who did grow up reading the Spanish-language comic will recognize most of the regulars from the strip: antihero Condorito; his girlfriend, Yayita; his nephew, Cone (a play on the phrase "with E" in Spanish); his football buddies; his rival on and off the pitch, Pepe Cortisona (Cristián de la Fuente); and Yayita's parents, who are both voiced by the same famous Chilean comedian, Coco Legrand. Even just understanding Spanish isn't enough to "get" the film; an actual working knowledge and appreciation of the original, often chauvinistic (and occasionally controversial) strip is necessary to fully enjoy the comedy -- although a few of the setups and sight gags are funny regardless.

Plus, the double entendres and risqué jokes that have entertained the comic's audiences since 1949 don't translate well into a seemingly family-friendly movie. Neither does the constantly drinking group of friends -- though, to be fair, it's not much different from Homer Simpson and his best friends, who are always at Moe's. The movie pokes fun at Pepe's machismo attitude (he's a burly, Gaston-like figure with a barrel chest but no sense of friendship or generosity), but it still celebrates the objectification of women in how it depicts Yayita and the other female characters. At least the big-screen Yayita runs an orphanage instead of being just eye candy as in the print original. Those who love the comic may be gentler critics of the film (although it might have been a misstep to cast a Mexican actor as an iconic Chilean character), but those who are unaware of it aren't likely to join the fan club.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the audience for Condorito. Do you need to be familiar with the comic to enjoy the film?

  • Are there stereotypes in the movie? What are they? Is that OK? Why or why not?

  • How does the movie depict drinking? Does anyone drink to excess? Are there consequences? Why is that important?

  • Are there any role models in the movie? If so, who are they, and what character strengths do they exemplify?

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