Spanish Film Library has announced the acquisition of part of the graphic materials associated with the filmography of Cruz Delgado, author of some of the most emblematic animated series and films of the 20th century in Spain, such as “Don Quijote of La Mancha“(1979-1981) or “The four musicians of Bremen“(1989), Goya award for the best animation production in 1990.
With this acquisition, the film institution dependent on the culture Ministry manages to bring together the complete work of the Madrid director, who has been gradually incorporated in recent years into the collection of film collections for conservation.
The newly acquired materials are “Magical adventure” (1972), “The four musicians of Bremen” (1989), “Gulliver’s travels” (1983), “Los trotamúsicos” (1989), “Don Quijote de la Mancha” ( 1979-1981) and “The attic of fantasy” (1977). And it is about sketches, animation drawings, model sheets, ‘story boards’, ‘layouts’, acetate drawings and movie sets. This has been indicated in a statement by the Spanish Film Library.
Once they are inventoried, these materials will be available to all researchers who wish to approach the work of Cruz Delgado.
In order to publicize his work, the four feature films he directed will be screened throughout April and May at the Cine Doré in Madrid.
Cruz Delgado is one of the most important and awarded animation directors in Spain. He was born in Madrid on December 12, 1929 and studied at the School of Graphic Arts. For several years he devoted himself to illustration for children’s comics, while experimenting in the field of cartoons.
He developed his professional career in different destinations, including the animation department of Moro Studies and Belvision Studios from Brussels. When he returned to Madrid in 1963, he founded a production company dedicated to animated films.
He worked both in film and for television. He made short films such as “El Gato con Botas” (1964) or different pieces about his character “El kangaroo Boxy” (1966-1970).
His feature films include “Mágica Aventura”, which was very successful at the Gijón Animation Festival in 1973; or “The four musicians of Bremen”, Goya award for best animated film in 1990, the first production in history to obtain this award.
He also produced several series: one about his character “Molecule”, broadcast in 1968 on TVE; “Don Quijote de La Mancha”, also broadcast on public television between 1979 and 1981; or “The Trotamúsicos”, inspired by “The four musicians of Bremen”.
In recent years the Ministry of Culture has reinforced the heritage with other acquisitions of cultural property such as the personal archive of Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio or the Martínez Campos Archive, among others.