Super Xuxa contra Baixo Astral
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|Super Xuxa Contra o Baixo Astral|
|Directed by||Anna Penido
|Produced by||Lael Rodrigues
|Written by||Antônio Calmon
|Music by||Paulo Massadas
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|30 June 1988|
Produced in 1988 by Dreamvision, with co-production of Diler & Associados and Riofilme, executive produced the position of Lael Rodrigues, the same as Bete Balanço. Marked the first production of the partnership between the producer Diler Trindade and Xuxa, who then made together films like Lua de Cristal, and more recently, Xuxa Gêmeas. The film had theatrical distribution by Luis Severiano Ribeiro and Columbia Pictures and was released with 93 cinemas of Brazil, on June 30, 1988.
Xuxa arouses the anger of the villain Baixo Astral when you call children to a campaign to color the world. The villain then kidnaps her dog Xuxo, which have to face frequent harassment of Titica and Morcegão, assistant Baixo Astral, which at all times ask the boss can torutá it. To retrieve the dog, Xuxa faces several traps. Accompanied by Xixa caterpillar, jumps the fence of illusions, crosses the river of delusion, but struggles a bit with complicated words used by Cascadura grandmother, a turtle that lives under the tree of knowledge. Xuxa escapes the bureaucracy of the web mounted Morcegão and comes to urban waste, Kingdom of Baixo Astral. In the final duel between Xuxa and the Baixo Astral, the girl almost slide to the other side, but is saved by Rafa, a boy who knows the Lower Astral and realize it's not on this side that wants to stay. Xuxa, Rafa, Xuxo and Xixa return to the realm of Alto Astral after destroy the villain and convert Titica and Morcegão.
- Xuxa Meneghel .... Super Xuxa
- Guilherme Karan .... Baixo Astral
- Jonas Torres .... Rafa
- Paolo Paceli .... Titica
- Roberto Guimarães .... Morcegão
- Henriqueta Brieba .... Vovó Cascadura
- Luis Carlos Tourinho .... Pássaro da Árvore da Consciência
The film was directed by Anna Penido. David Sonneschein worked as co-director, but was later unbilled. Penido also wrote the script, with the help of fellow TV-writer Antonio Calmon. The movie is accused of being based on Jim Henson's Labyrinth, released two years before. The film was the last credited work of Lael Rodrigues, who would die of acute pancreatitis the following year.
The film opened during the winter break in 1988, and received great response by audiences. It was the third most watched movie in 1988, and the most watched Brazilian movie that year. Critical response was mixed: some praised its creativity, some said it abused merchandising and had a weak plot. The movie cost US$1 million to make. Over 3 million people paid to watch it when it opened.
After Lua de Cristal (Crystal Moon), another film starring Xuxa, in 1990, had achieved a huge success both in Brazil (it was the most watched Brazilian movie until 2001) and other Latin American countries, the movie was released in Argentina as Super Xuxa Vs. Bajo Astral, with some success. It's available in the U.S. in non-authorized copies as Super Xuxa Vs. Satan.
In 2001 the film was released in DVD by Som Livre. The extras include a making-of featurette, a special karaoke soundtrack for the songs and subtitles in English and Spanish. But the DVD was criticised for having bad sound and video quality.
- International Fantasy Film Award (Best Film, nomination)