La leyenda de las Momias
|La Leyenda de las Momias|
|Spanish||La leyenda de las Momias|
|Literally||The Legend of the Mummies|
|Directed by||Alberto Rodríguez|
|Produced by||Fernando de Fuentes |
José C. García de Letona
|Written by||Alberto Rodríguez |
Dulce María Guerrero
by Ricardo Arnaiz
|Starring||Benny Emmanuel |
|Music by||Leoncio Lara|
|Edited by||Roberto Bolado|
|Box office||MX$92.25 million|
Third installment of the Leyendas film saga, following Nahuala and Llorona, the story is a fictional take on the origin of the mummies, mainly those of the Guanajuato origin. The film features the voices of Benny Emmanuel, Eduardo "Lalo" España, Mayté Cordero, Rafael Inclán, Andrés Cuturier, and Ale Müller.
The film was released on digital platforms in the United States through Pantaya, a Latin-focused digital film distributor.
In the town of Guanajuato in the year 1810, two years after the events of the first film, Miners, led by Don The film follows the adventures of Leo San Juan, Don Andrés, Teodora and El Alebrije, where they travel to Guanajuato to rescue their friend, Xochitl, and to try to stop the mummies, awaken inexplicably by Rosseau.
- Benny Emmanuel as Leo San Juan
- Andrés Couturier as Don Andrés and Rosseau
- Mayté Cordero as Teodora
- Rafael Inclán as Alebrije
- Eduardo España as Evaristo
- Ale Müller as Valentina-Luis
The development of the film took place for three years with the work of 200 people. The film was produced without the support of the Mexican government, due to not being approved, and the filmmakers had to rely on the support of the state government of Guanajuato, according to producer and Ánima CEO Fernando de Fuentes. "We were not approved at the time..., but we have the support of Guanajuato, who gave us something. Ánima Estudios had to invest in this much more than in other films, but undoubtedly the stimuli were important to reach [with] what we do today."
Director Alberto Rodríguez detailed the challenges of the development course of the film, mainly focused on recapturing the spirit of the saga's characters and shaping up the franchise. "There were many challenges, a lot of effort and we believe that we are a benchmark in animation and we were forced to break our own standards, as it is difficult to maintain the characters and give them an arc of action for three installments, but we did it," said Rodríguez. "The movies and characters are already owned by Ánima Estudios and it has been very difficult, because creating a franchise in a country used to receiving them and not creating them is complicated, but we knew we had to do it," said Fernando de Fuentes.
The film's production was doubted since it took place during the time of the Mexican cinema's decline. "[...]it was a time when everyone was fleeing from the national cinema. But everything has changed and today people see Mexican cinema, because it makes very good products and that is what we want to continue doing," said Fernando de Fuentes. Benny Emmanuel, who plays the protagonist Leo San Juan, also shared his experience, saying that it is his first, not only being in the franchise, but also his first animation role. "[It was...] the first time I participated in this saga[,] and actually this is [my] first thing in dubbing[,] and playing 'Leo' was very nice and the director helped me a lot but it was very funny," said Emmanuel.
The film features the voices of famous Mexican talents, such as Benny Emmanuel (known for his role in La CQ), Alejandra Muller (also from La CQ), and Eduardo España. While the development course was very challenging to the filmmakers, Rodríguez stated that he was very happy working with the actors involved. Eduardo España, who plays Evaristo, shared his story of working in the film. "I always believe in the actor-director communication and there has to be willingness and openness, but we did very good chemistry with 'El Chino' (director Alberto's nickname) because it gives you a very fatherly negotiation in addition to taking into account [of] good taste and fun[,] and let[s] you flow," he said.
The film was produced with flash animation.
It later had its United States premiere at The 22nd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival on 15 March 2015. It was also shown at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 theater on 9 May 2015, as part of the 2015 Hola Mexico Film Festival.
The film later had its official U.S. premiere only on digital platforms, through Pantaya. It was released in its original Spanish-language format with no English subtitles.
The film opened at #2 at the domestic box-office, behind Annabelle, earning $35.6 million pesos ($2.6 million USD) on its opening weekend. On its second weekend, it remained on the #2 spot, behind Interstellar, earning an additional $23.7 million pesos ($1.75 million USD). It grossed a total of $92.25 million pesos.
This film received a mixed-to-negative review. Eric Ortiz Garcia, of Twitch Film, said that the film was an "OK production", but criticized the animation, saying that "it's not the best, sure." However, he heavily criticized the film's writing.
It was later followed by La leyenda del Charro Negro, released on 19 January 2018.
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