Although bullfighting cartoons animation is not the aspect of general animation that gains the worldwide recognition and maintains tons of production, it has developed, featuring several cartoons, worth the appreciation. In fact, cartoons animation deals with humor, fun and entertainment, mainly aimed at a young spectator, whereas the general theme of bullfighting cartoons animation does not seem funny at all. However, animators have achieved an enormous success in producing truly entertaining bullfighting cartoons episodes without the scenes of cruelty and violence, naturally prescribed to the notion of bullfighting worldwide.
Much of well-known bullfighting cartoons animation belongs to Warner Bros. and Walt Disney. Eddie Seltzer was a producer of WB from 1944 to 1956. The studio produced bullfighting cartoons earlier, but it was ?Bully for Bugs", which led WB to the success and popularity in bullfighting animation regardless that Seltzer himself was against the production of bullfighting cartoons.
Walt Disney turned to bullfighting cartoons animation as early as in 1922 with the launch of the "Kingsville Theater", which appeared as a parody to Rudolph Valentino's recently-released bullfighting picture "Blood and Sand." The first picture leads to a sequence of cartoons, featuring a charging bull, such as ?Alice and Toreador?. The mastery of Walt Disney in bullfighting pictures is that he managed to masterfully combine fairytale elements with the bullfighting culture and his own life experience.
Undoubtedly, animation is an effective way to picture rich traditions and imagery of foreign countries. Indeed, we have no such modern animation masterpieces as Mulan, featuring the local flavor of China and Aladdin and capturing and delivering traditions of ancient Arabia. The same is about bullfighting cartoons animation, revealing the richness and ambition of Spanish, Latin-American and Mexican cultures.
Deservedly, this is a Mexican animator, Jorge R. Guteierrez, who is a professional and skillful artist in creating animated films, dedicated to the colorful heritage of Mexico. His ?Carmelo? is a fantastic animated film, reliving images and cultures of dynamic Mexico. Only for the film itself, the artist has done a great amount of research on bullfighting and bullfights all over Mexico, including profound studies of 'Fiesta Brava' (bullfighting) and 'Dia De Los Muertos' (The Day of the Dead). As a result, there is a complete animated film (having been made for three years) that won the student Emmy for the Best CG animated film, as well as screening at Cannes. In fact, there are no other animated films of this scale, available internationally.
Although the future of bullfighting cartoons animation is unclear, since bullfighting is illegal in many countries and many artists prefer to stay apart from this topic, it should continue. You should not forget that this cruel sport and art has inspired many artists, such as Earnest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso to create. Thus, along with cruelty and entertainment, it carries an enormous aesthetic value.