Daddy, I'm a Zombie

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Daddy, I'm a Zombie
Film poster
SpanishPapá, Soy una Zombi
Directed by
  • Ricardo Ramón
  • Joan Espinach
Written byDaniel Torres
Produced byAlberto Gerrikabeitia
CinematographyRicardo Ramón
Music byManel Gil-Inglada
  • Abra Producciones
  • Digital Dreams Films
Distributed byLionsgate Home Entertainment
(United Kingdom/Ireland)
Phase 4 Films
(North America)
Release date
Running time
80 minutes
  • Catalan
  • English
  • Basque
  • Spanish
  • French

Daddy, I'm a Zombie (Spanish: Papá, soy una Zombi) is a 2011 Spanish animated comedy-drama film directed by Joan Espinach and Ricardo Ramón.[1][2] The film premiered 25 November 2011 at the Gijón Film Festival in Spain. Spanish actress Paula Ribó voiced the main character of Dixie and Kimberly Wharton voiced the character in its English adaptation.


The film follows Dixie Grim, a thirteen-year-old gothic girl. Her father is a recently divorced mortician who tries to connect with his daughter, but she seems to want nothing to do with him. She has a giant crush on Ray, a boy in school who doesn't seem to know she exists. All goes wrong when she witnesses her former best friend Julia seemingly flirting with Ray. Heartbroken, she runs away from the scene. Shortly after, a tree falls in a forest and seemingly kills her.

Dixie wakes up in a graveyard and discovers that she has become a zombie. She befriends an Egyptian mummy named Isis and finds that she can wield the Azoth, a powerful magic amulet. The two are curious to try out and control its power, as it is capable of returning a zombie to the moment before their death, and decide to find another zombie to use as a test subject. Along the way they meet Gonner, a zombie pirate who charms Dixie and steals her necklace, breaking her heart and tearing apart her body in the process. She is also separated from Isis. Unbeknownst to Dixie and Isis, Gonner had only stolen the Azoth to protect her from the evil witch Nebulosa.

Dixie is put back together by a friendly zombie named Vitriol, who reluctantly takes her to Nebulosa. Reaching the witch requires that she go through a carnival funhouse where she must face her pain and fears, which Dixie manages to overcome. She also reconciles with and rescues Gonner from Nebulosa's apprentice Piroska after overhearing him admit that he truly loved her. Dixie also recovers the Azoth and with Gonner, they find Isis with Nebulosa, who is threatening to destroy her. After destroying Piroska, Dixie manages to unintentionally open a portal that allows the three to escape Nebulosa's clutches. Dixie wakes up to find herself alive. She initially believes that everything was a dream, but thinks otherwise after learning that Isis and Gonner did actually exist. Isis managed to live and married King Tut, while Gonner gave up piracy to become a poet. Gonner truly wished to fulfill his dreams with Dixie. Dixie resumes her life with a new positive outlook.

Voice actors[edit]

Spanish release[edit]

English release[edit]



Starburst Magazine panned the film overall, stating that although the film did have good music and cinematography, that overall it "isn't funny, it isn't frightening and every set-piece action scene is a dismal failure."[3] Common Sense Media was somewhat more positive, rating it at three out of five stars.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]


A sequel entitled Mummy, I'm a Zombie (Spanish: Mamá, soy un zombi) which had a later Spanish re-titling to Dixie y la rebelión zombi, was given a theatrical release on 7 November 2014 in Spain. Kim Wharton returned to voice Dixie for its English release.


  1. ^ Catálogo BAFICI 2012. Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. 2012. p. 129. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ Milligan, Mercedes. "'Daddy I'm a Zombie' Coming to North America". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ Knott, John (26 October 2012). "DVD Review: Daddy,I'm a Zombie!". Starburst Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  4. ^ staff (13 May 2014). "review: Daddy, I'm a Zombie". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  5. ^ staff (10 February 2012). ""Papá soy una zombi" ha obtenido el premio Enfants Terribles". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (11 January 2012). "Goya Awards Reveal Feature, Short Noms". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b Fernandez, Jordi. "Awards: Daddy, I'm a Zombie". The Loop. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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