More than 100 Cuban cartoonists, painter, sculptors, and set designers are hard at work on Cuba’s first 3-D animated film, Meñique. It is being film from a script by Ernesto Padrón, who is also directing, and a score by Silvio Rodríguez. Meñique is based on José Martí’s adaptation of Charles Perrault’s story “Le Petit Poucte” (“Little Tom Thumb”), published in Martí’s magazine for children, La Edad de Oro. Work on the film began in 2007 and it is expected to be finished by 2011. The team working on the production includes 45 students from the the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Havana.
Meñique, Padrón explained, “is a metaphor in which wisdom and intelligence overcome force through a tiny hero.” The notion has underpinned both the production of the film and the founding of the 3D Animation Studio by the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry. This studio not only produces shorts and features with this technology but offers assistance in special effects for Cuban films and others in Latin America.