¡Mucha Lucha!

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¡Mucha Lucha!
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Also known as '¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante (Season 3)
Genre Comedy
Slapstick
Adventure
Surreal
Created by Eddie Mort
Lili Chin
Voices of Carlos Alazraqui (Seasons 1–2)
Jason Marsden (Season 3)
Kimberly Brooks
Candi Milo
Theme music composer Chicos de Barrio
Opening theme Mucha Lucha!
Composer(s) Michael Tavera, Nicolas Barry, Tomas Jacobi, Rene Garza Aldape, Chuy Flores
Country of origin  United States
 Mexico
Original language(s) English
Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sander Schwartz
Producer(s) Ken Kessel
Eddie Mort
Lili Chin
Alfred Gimeno
James Krieg
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Fwak! Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Kids' WB (United States)
Cartoon Network (United States and Worldwide)
Teletoon (Canada)
Minimax (Central Europe)
Cartoon Network (UK)
Disney XD (UK)
Audio format Dolby Surround (Season 1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (Season 2–3)
Original release August 17, 2002 (2002-08-17) – February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)

¡Mucha Lucha! (later known as ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante for the third and final season) is an American-Mexican animated television series that premiered on Kids' WB on August 17, 2002. It was created by Eddie Mort and Lili Chin and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is the first animated television series created with Adobe Flash, a program which has since become widely used as a medium for animation. The show was also seen on Teletoon in Canada, CITV, Kix! and Disney XD in the UK, and Cartoon Network worldwide (including the US).

The show is set in a fictional Southern California town centered on lucha libre (nearly everyone in the town has a mask and costume and a signature move) and is essentially about the adventures of three children, Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea, as they struggle through the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha, where they study.

In 2005, the direct-to-video feature film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was spun-off from the series.

Characters[edit]

  • Rikochet - A young wrestler who is the protagonist. He considers himself the bravest of the group, but sometimes leaps before he looks.
  • Buena Girl - A smart, young female wrestler who always plays by the rules. She can also be very arrogant and obnoxious at times.
  • The Flea - A friend of Rikochet and Buena Girl who is always dirty and refers to himself in third person. As well as having a few disgusting habits, he is also the most nervous, but often proves to be a useful ally.
  • El Rey - An action figure which represents Rikochet's conscience. He's carried in a backpack, but can move and talk on his own, as if he were alive, it is stated that this action figure is just part of a large merchandising euphoria related to a supreme undefeated Mexican wrestler with the same name (an allusion to Santo). Along in the series, several other El Rey toys appear and often causes trouble with Rikochet's.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 August 17, 2002 February 8, 2003
2 22 September 13, 2003 May 8, 2004
Gigante 17 September 11, 2004 February 26, 2005
Movie January 4, 2005 (Video release)

Home media[edit]

Warner Home Video releases Release date Episode count Ep# Episode title
Compilations
¡Mucha Lucha!: Heart of Lucha August 19, 2003 6 1x01 Back to School
Weight Gaining
1x02 How Ricochet Got His Move Back
Heart of Lucha
1x03 Woulda Coulda Hasbeena
The Anger of Cindy Slam
Direct-to-video
¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico January 4, 2005 1 Unknown ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico

Spin-off merchandise[edit]

A toy line based on the show was released by Jakks Pacific in 2004;[1] in this toy line included "Mix-a-Lot" action figures; these had removable body parts that could be placed on the bodies of other action figures in the series. "Signature Move" action figures were also put out, along with a toy wrestling ring. However, the second series of the toy line was cancelled.

During summer of 2003, DC Comics published a three-issue mini-series of comic books based on ¡Mucha Lucha! All three of the stories featured in these comic books were written by Eddie Mort, and have even been occasionally referenced in the TV series.

  1. El Rey, Come Home!
  2. It's All Buena!
  3. Limbo of the Lost Luchadores!

The show was licensed for a Game Boy Advance video game Mascaritas of the Lost Code in late 2003, and also a Sony PlayStation 2 video game Mysterioso Grande was slated for release but was cancelled around 2004 as the creators could not find a publisher.[2]

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