Cachirulo para adultos (1991)

Cachirulo para adultos (1991) HIDVL

Farcical cabaret performance featuring Enrique Alonso, whose legendary character "Cachirulo" starred Mexico's first TV show for kids "Teatro Fantástico." Cachirulo presents a satiric rendition of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant" in the light of the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by Mexican president Carlos Salinas. In "a land far, far away, in a big city affected by the citizens' carelessness, but that thanks to the government... was totally devastated," a little girl with an "uncanny" resemblance to President Salinas meets a vagabond who gives her terrible news: a dangerous giant ("a subproduct of civil indignation for electoral fraud") approaches the city intending to rebel from the abuses of political tyranny. The giant indeed arrives, and destroys the public garden (for which the girl calls him "selfish"). He is then approached by villains Fanfarrón and Escaldufa (the latter a witch, here impersonating the United States), who intend to render him "politically unconscious" and make him an ally in their agenda of destruction. Cachirulo helps the girl look for a magic elixir that can counter the villains' evil influence. With the aid of three magic talismans, they dodge the villains' repeated attacks, but Escaldufa ultimately outsmarts them by dressing up like "the NAFTA fairy." She proposes the girl to barter the control of all the hemisphere in exchange for an elixir that erases any political "mishandling." Sealed the agreement, the girl makes a public speech promising to magically transform Mexico into a First World country, but instead wishes for hair and pours the elixir over her bald head, emptying the bottle in the process. With no more elixir to transform the country, the girl resorts to the argument that "it is not with exotic formulas that the country will improve, we require patience, strength, unity." Cachirulo, indignant, interrupts the political speech, silencing the girl and ending the story.


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Additional Info

  • Title: Primer Cachirulo para adultos: Gigante egoísta
  • Alternate Title: Cachirulo for Adults
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:14:26
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: Nov 1991
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Enrique Alonso, Jesusa Rodríguez, Roberto Comadurán, Ramón Baragán, Darío Pío, Paloma Wulrich, Manuel Poncelis.
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer ; Malú Huacuja, writer.