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BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA

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A story about finding yourself and being true to who you are and where you come from, this live action adventure also features actors JAMIE LEE CURTIS as Aunt Viv, JOSÉ MARÍA YAZPIK as baddie Vasquez, MAURY STERLING as Rafferty, JESÚS OCHOA as Officer Ramirez, and EUGENIO DERBEZ as the store owner. EDWARD JAMES OLMOS is the voice of the menacing Doberman El Diablo, LORETTA DEVINE is the voice of snooty Toy Poodle Delta, and MICHAEL URIE is the voice of pompous Pug Sebastian.

But the real stars of the show just may be the truly international, impeccably trained, lovable canine cast—more than 200 in total—including many mutts and a variety of breeds— Dobermans, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Poodles, Pugs, Chinese Cresteds, a French Bulldog, a St. Bernard, a Labrador and a Dachshund, among others. Some were found at rescues in Los Angeles and Mexico, some were seasoned Hollywood dogs.

Walt Disney Pictures presents "Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” a Mandeville Films/Smart Entertainment Production. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell ("Yours, Mine and Ours,” "Scooby-Doo,” "Never Been Kissed”) from a screenplay by Analisa LaBianco and Jeff Bushell, and a story by Jeff Bushell. The producers are David Hoberman, John Jacobs and Todd Lieberman; the executive producer is Steve Nicolaides.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Phil Méheux ("Casino Royale,” "The Mask of Zorro,” "Entrapment”), production designer Bill Boes ("Fantastic Four,” "Scooby-Doo”), costume designer Mariestela Fernández ("Before Night Falls,” "The Crime of Father Amaro”), and visual effects supervisor Michael McAlister (Oscar® winner for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”). The editor is Sabrina Plisco ("Charlotte's Web”) and the composer is Heitor Pereira ("Curious George,” "Real Women Have Curves”). A team of more than 60 animal trainers was led by head trainer/animal coordinator Michael Alexander ("Eight Below,” "Night at the Museum”) of Birds & Animals Unlimited. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributes.

The stage is set for "Beverly Hills Chihuahua” when Chloe's loving and devoted owner Vivian (CURTIS) recruits her niece Rachel (PERABO) to care for the pampered pooch during a business trip. But when the reluctant and somewhat irresponsible dog-sitter heads to Mexico on a last-minute weekend getaway with the overindulged Chihuahua in tow, chaos erupts. When Chloe goes missing, Rachel recruits Vivian's trusted landscaper Sam (CARDONA) and his devoted dog Papi to help in the search efforts.

"Chloe lives under the assumption that she must have that life because she deserves it and because that's her place,” says director Raja Gosnell. "She has no concept of her roots, her heritage, where she as a Chihuahua comes from. She doesn't embrace her Mexican heritage.”

In contrast, says Gosnell, Papi is well aware of his roots and has a solid self-identity. "He knows what he wants.”

"Papi is like a little masculine Chihuahua,” says George Lopez, who provides the voice of Papi. "He works with the landscaper, Sam, and he digs holes and helps him out. He sees this beautiful vision Chloe and he falls in love with her.

"In the beginning when they first meet, Papi gets blown off,” continues Lopez. "He tries all his Chihuahua tricks, you know, he rolls over in the dirt and he brings her a grasshopper and he jumps over her friends and, you know, he's really going at her in a macho way. When he finds out that she's in trouble, it's his quest to find his love. His romantic side comes out.” Indeed, Papi nearly steals the show with his charismatic personality and debonair approach to Chloe. "He's sort of the noble seeker in the movie—the Romeo,” says Gosnell. "And he pursues Chloe all over Mexico. He never gives up.”

Producer David Hoberma

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