Elpidio Valdés

Elpidio Valdés
Juan Padrón | Cuba | 1979 | Animation | 70 min | NY PREMIERE
The Clemente 4/6 @ 6:30 PM – Director present for Q&A
(Free and Open to the Public)


Meet the animated hero who has entertained Cuba’s children for over 35 years: Elpidio Valdés. The first of a trilogy of animated features, this film recounts the early life of this beloved liberator of the disenfranchised working class as he stands up to the world’s most tyrannical colonialists.

Conoce al héroe animado que ha entretenido a los niños cubanos por más de 35 años: Elpidio Valdés. La primera de una trilogía de películas animadas, es la historia de los primeros años del amado libertador que defenderá a la clase trabajadora excluida por los más tiranos colonizadores.


Juan Padrón since 1963 has published sketches and cartoons for Cuban magazines and newspapers. He was the creator, in 1970, of Elpidio Valdés, a cartoon character (and series) with more than sixty shorts and two feature-length movies. Padrón received international acclaim for Vampires in Havana, an adult-oriented comedy feature that gathered a cult following abroad.
Padrón has directed six animated feature films in total, along with many shorts, especially those with Elpidio Valdés as the main characher; and the one-minute comedy sketches for adults “Filminutos”. In 2008, Padrón was selected as the recipient of Cuba’s National Film Award.