About the Film
Tad the Lost Explorer (Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones) released in 2013 marked a milestone in Spain’s animation industry. Chicago bricklayer Tad, an amateur adventurerarcheologist and kind of clumsy Indiana Jones became a social phenomenon in Spain.
Directed by Enrique Gato (who shares the directing credits for Tadeo Jones 2 with Davis Alonso) it won three Spanish Academy Goyas – best animated feature, new director and, notably, original screenplay. The film grossed about $50 million worldwide, half outside Spain and earned to its creators a Paramount Pictures worldwide distribution deal for their next two films: Capture the Flag (Atrapa la Bandera, 2015) and Tadeo Jones 2 (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del rey Midas, 2017).
Tad’s fans were not let down when Tadeo Jones 2 (Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del rey Midas) had its world premiere last June at Annecy, the most important festival devoted to animated films. Tad is still in love with two things in his life: archeology and the beautiful, now worldwide famous, archeologist Sara Lavroff. Sara during her researches found one of the three medallions of King Midas’ necklace. The legend goes that the complete jewel will grant to the owner the same power the king had to transform everything in gold. Obviously greedy villains are lurking in the dark and the
worst of them all, Jack Rackham, kidnaps Sara. Tad immediately pursues her kidnapper to Spain and the deserts of Turkey, accompanied by his dog, a mute parrot and an irrepressible mummy.
“The biggest treasure you can find is true love” says co-screenwriter and producer, Jordi Gasull “love is the center of the movie and the main narrative and the subplots are rooted in this idea”. If the first adventure of Tad was meant to reach the youngest audience, Tadeo Jones 2 shot in gorgeous 3D, will definitely be a great ride for people of all ages.
David Alonso studied animation at ECAM where he co-directed a short film nominated for Goya Awards Atención al Cliente. Since 2008 he has been working as a previsualisation expert and layout artist for cinema and video games.
Enrique Gato Borregán (born 26 April 1977 in Valladolid, Castile and León) is a Spanish filmmaker and 3D/2D animation designer known as the creator of Tadeo Jones, who is a character of the most successful European animated movie.