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Underdogs (2013 animated)
The Unbeatables poster
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Produced by Juan José Campanella
Mercedes Gamero
Gastón Gorali
Mikel Lejarza
Jorge Estrada Mora
Manuel Polanco
Written by Juan José Campanella
Gastón Gorali
Eduardo Sacheri
Starring Pablo Rago
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Fabian Gianola
Horacio Fontova
David Masajnik
Music by Emilio Kauderer
Cinematography Félix Monti
Editing by Juan José Campanella
Abel Goldfarb
Distributed by Universal Pictures International
Release July 18, 2013 (Argentina)
December 20, 2013 (Spain)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21 million
Gross revenue $25,100,000

Underdogs (Spanish: Metegol (Latin America)/Futbolín (Spain)), aka The Unbeatables, is a 2013 Argentine and Spanish 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film co-written and directed by Juan J. Campanella. The film is inspired on the short story Memorias de un wing derecho (Memoirs of a Right Wing) by the Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa. Gaston Gorali, co-writer and producer of the film, and Eduardo Sacheri, who worked on the script of Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes, developed the screenplay with Campanella.

The film is a Spanish-Argentine production, and was released in Argentina on 18 July 2013, setting an all-time record for an Argentine film opening at the box-office. Costing $21 million, the film is the most expensive Argentine film of all time, and the most expensive Latin American animated feature ever.

In March 2014 it was reported that The Weinstein Company had acquired distribution rights in the film for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France, and plans to release the English-language version under the title Underdogs. It was released in the United Kingdom under the name The Unbeatables in August 2014.

Plot

Amadeo is a shy but talented boy, and of a foosball team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: Grosso (An Argentine expression that loosely translates into "Awesome/Talented Guy"). Guided by their leader, the charismatic Capi, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that Grosso stole from them.

Characters

  • Amadeo (David Masajnik): an expert in foosball since his childhood and the creator of his foosball team.
  • Laura (Lucía Maciel): Amadeo's best friend and love interest, even though she doesn't know it.
  • Grosso (Diego Ramos): a narcissistic professional football player who was formerly a bully in Amadeo's home town.
  • Capi (Pablo Rago): the captain of the team. Cheerful and optimistic, he is truly the heart of the green team.
  • El Beto (Fabián Gianola): a smart-mouthed player who enjoys speaking in third person.
  • El Loco (Horacio Fontova): a hippie in the team. A peace-loving individual with eternal patience, his eccentric comments often confuse the team.
  • El Chino (Miguel Ángel Rodríguez): a player of "Korean" origin who is repeatedly mistaken as Chinese. Because of him being Asian, the team believes he's a mathematical genius, though he's not really all that smart.
  • The Manager (Coco Sily): a football manager whoae attention is drawn to Grosso and transforms him into a top-notch athlete.

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