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Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
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Film poster
Directed by Oskar Santos
Produced by Mercedes Gamero
Mikel Lejarza
Francisco Ramos
Koldo Zuazua
Screenplay by Jorge Lara
Francisco Roncal
Story by Oskar Santos
Jorge Lara
Starring Raúl Rivas
Daniel Cerezo
Javier Gutiérrez
Music by Fernando Velázquez
Cinematography Josu Inchaustegui
Editing by Carolina Martínez Urbina
Studio Zeta Audiovisual
Mod Producciones
Antena 3 Films
Kowalski Films
Distributed by Buena Vista International
Release date(s) September 8, 2013 (2013-09-08) (TIFF)
October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (Spain)
Running time 97 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Spanish: Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica) is a 2013 Spanish adventure film directed by Oskar Santos. It is based on the comic book series Zipi y Zape, created by José Escobar Saliente

The film had its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2013. It was well received at Festival de San Sebastián on 21 September 2013. The film had a theatrical release in Spain on October 4, 2013. The film later screened at 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in newly introduced category Sundance Kids on January 18, 2014.

A sequel, Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island, was released in 2016.


Twin brothers Zip and Zap are sent to the summer school Hope, a re-education centre ran by strict Falconetti, who forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. When Zip gets in trouble for disrupting a class, he is locked in the "Isolation Room" where he is told to think about what he has done. However, he finds a bag of marbles hidden in the room, and forms the "Marble gang" with several other students in the school, who are Filo, Micro, and Matilda, who is Falconetti's niece, and do various pranks, such as vandalising the statue of Sebastian Hope, the school's founder, and they always leave a single marble at their prank.

When Falconetti attempts to take down the vandalism, he accidentally breaks the part of the statue, revealing a map leading a path to hidden diamonds under the school. Zip and Zap steal the map from his office and follow the map's clues while they are pursued by Falconetti. The Marble Gang end up in a room full of toys, and Zap considers that the "diamonds" in the map were really just a reference to Sebastian Hope's diamonds - his toys. Falconetti finds them, then reveals that the school was originally a school of play and toys ran by Hope, until Falconetti bought over the school and transformed it to please his father. Falconetti locks them in the room of toys, but Micro notices a machine where they insert several toys they picked up while exploring the school. Music starts playing around the school and the students and teachers discover it is coming from the statue of Hope. The underground room Zip and Zap were locked in starts spiralling up into the main garden in front of the school, where all the students and teachers are gathered. The other students start cheering on the Marble Gang, and another teacher punches Falconetti and tells the other teachers to lock Falconetti until the police arrives. The movie ends with Zap recollecting how "we never found the diamonds, but it was the best summer we ever had," and the 5 members of the Marble Gang all holding their last marble together, than tossing it into the air. The diamonds are revealed to have been hidden in the marble.


  • Raúl Rivas as Zipi
  • Daniel Cerezo as Zape
  • Javier Gutiérrez as Falconetti
  • Claudia Vega as Matilde
  • Fran García as Filo
  • Marcos Ruiz as Micro
  • Christian Mulas as Heidi
  • Aníbal Tártalo as Piojo
  • Alberto López as PeloCohete
  • Javier Cifrián as GriGrillo
  • Álex Angulo as Sebastián Esperanza
  • Juan González as Flipao
  • Joseba Apaolaza as Padre Falconetti
  • Iñake Irastorza as Bibliotecaria


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2014 Goya Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Jorge A. Lara and Francisco Roncal Nominated
Best Art Direction Juan Pedro de Gaspar Nominated
Best Production Supervision Koldo Zuazua Nominated
Best Production Supervision Best Special Effects Nominated
Neox Fan Awards Best Spanish film Finalist
Best Spanish film actor Javier Gutiérrez 9th
Daniel Cerezo 10th