UTALCA AND CAMPUSTV PREMIERED THE FIRST MAULE REGION’S CARTOON SERIES

“THE BENITO FILES” WILL BE BROADCAST NATIONWIDE BY NOVASUR, FROM THE NATIONAL TELEVISION COUNCIL.



June 24, 2016

The town of Villa Alegre was the scene for the premiere of the first Maule Region’s cartoon series, produced by CAMPUSTV, called “The Benito files”, a program that rescues the story of three characters: Lautaro, Carmen Arriagada and the Abbé Juan Ignacio Molina, born in 1740 in that County.

The first chapter of this space, born from an alliance between the television station, the Heritage Documentation Center of the Universidad de Talca and the National Television Council (CNTV), was shown before hundreds of children.

Liliana Guzmán, Executive Director of CAMPUSTV, said that "we are very proud of this partnership that will allow us to contribute not only as a television channel, but also as a public University, to the community and future generations. What a good way to rescue the image and the memory of those figures from science and the cultural world who are important and part of the history of this country, which are little known", she said.

In the series, a representation of chronicler Benito Riquelme examines the life and work of the three figures who played an important role in the history of Chile. Eduardo Bravo, director of the Heritage Documentation Center, associated to the “Abate Juan Ignacio Molina” Institute of Humanistic Studies, said that the program was made with a strong historical base, in that it rescued the value of research from Benito Riquelme, "to recognize the authorship of the works, using the sources and not just copying and pasting from the Internet".

Research

The scripts evolved from documentary research that took four months to account for relevant data about the protagonists.

It involved the consultation of all the works by Abate Molina abbé, letters and articles written by Carmen Arriagada and secondary sources to tell the story of Lautaro, the Mapuche leader of the Arauco war in the conquest of Chile.

All this was brought to the screen in a familiar language aimed at a 5-to-10-year-old childrten audience. Rodrigo Albornoz, director and Illustrator of the series, explained that "we used a very colorful cartoon style, which draws much attention from children. It was a process that involved designing the characters, drawing between 25 and 30 scenes per chapter, then to make the animation to give them life."

The characters were chosen for their contribution to the region and to the country and are representative of three periods: the conquest, the colony and the nascent Chilean Republic. Their life and work were rescued in a playful and entertaining way to disseminate its importance for the region and the country. The Abate Molina abbé stands out as the first scientist of the country, who dared to speak about evolution 44 years before Darwin; Carmen Arriagada, founder of El Alfa, the first newspaper from Talca, and Lautaro, outstanding military strategist and who many historians say he died near the Mataquito River, in the Province of Curicó.

Previously Unpublished Illustrations

In “The Benito Files”, the public will see unpublished illustrations made in the Maule Region constituting an educational children's series which will be broadcast on television. For Ana Luisa Echeverría, Regional Director of the CNTV, this is a contribution to schoolchildren. "I believe that it will be a learning for everybody, both concerning the contents of the series, as well as our Region’s wealth in the form of a TV that is permanently in need of new contents " she said.

"For CAMPUSTV, as an education media, and for the Universidad de Talca is a great joy to give the Maule Region’s public and to the country, this animation series with regional identity. Using the digital television resource, in which we already have three years of experience, we wanted to make a real contribution to the country with relevant content to bring the story to children", said the Executive Director of the channel of our Academic Institution.

“The Benito Files” will be broadcast on Fridays on the Novasur children program, developed by the National Television Council for the affiliated channels, among which CAMPUSTV and six other Maule Region media.



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