The studio’s most groundbreaking title was the Biblical retelling The three sensible males (The Three Clever Males, pictured at prime), a 1976 function Ruíz produced and directed with Adolfo Torres Portillo. With it, Ruíz succeeded in doing for Mexico what Disney had achieved for the U.S.: releasing the nation’s first animated function. He later informed animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi:
In making the function movie, we’ve got been very conservative. We’d quite strive experimenting in brief movies, that are economically much less dangerous. As for inspiration, we saved as shut as doable to Mexican themes. Joseph and Mary are typical Mexicans, the panorama, music, and animals are Mexican, and the characters, even the caricatures, come from the clay collectible figurines of pre-Columbian folklore.
Non secular themes would recur in Ruíz’s works — notably within the half-hour 1981 movie The good occasion (The Nice Occasion), which commemorated the primary apparitions of the Our Woman of Guadalupe, and was made with the backing of a Catholic archbishop. Pope John Paul II was reportedly a fan.
Ruíz continued to work into his later years, proper up till his ultimate, unrealized mission Balam, the Mayan Prince. He additionally labored as a voice actor, his roles together with the satan’s minion Murcio in The three sensible males. His legacy was honored lately with numerous tributes and awards at dwelling and overseas.
Rafael Quiroz, CEO of Mexico’s Embryonic Productions and a pal of Ruíz’s, despatched us a tribute to the person:
Fernando was one of many pioneers and promoters of Mexican animation, and he lived each side of the coin. On the one hand, he obtained the help and impulse to realize his initiatives, however he was additionally the sufferer of indifference and disinterest [regarding] his newest works.
His most necessary legacy can be that of getting created an entire technology of artists who adopted in his footsteps and as we speak hold this trade alive in our nation, alongside the brand new generations educated in universities and within the apply of latest research of animation that come up throughout Mexico.
Fernando was till the tip of his days a promoter of animation in Mexico.
Many due to Quiroz for offering us with biographical particulars and pictures of Ruíz and his work.