|Also known as||¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Eddie Mort
|Voices of||Carlos Alazraqui
|Theme music composer||Chicos de Barrio|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sander Schwartz|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Voice Box Productions
Warner Bros. Animation
|Original channel||Kids' WB
|Audio format||Dolby Surround (Season 1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (Season 2-3)
|Original run||August 17, 2002– February 28, 2005|
¡Mucha Lucha! (later known as ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante) is an American 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 often used for Internet cartoons. The show was also seen on Teletoon in Canada, CITV and Kix! in the UK, and Cartoon Network worldwide (including the US).
The show is set in a 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, The Flea and Buena Girl, as they struggle through the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha, where they study.
In 2005 the straight-to-video movie ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was spun off of the series.
- Rikochet - A young wrestler who is the main protagonist. He considers himself the bravest of the group, but sometimes leaps before he looks.
- The Flea - A friend of Rikochet who is always dirty. As well as having a few disgusting habits, he is also the most nervous, but often proves to be a useful ally.
- Buena Girl - A smart young female wrestler who always plays by the rules. She can also be very arrogant and obnoxious at times.
- 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.
- Señor Hasbeena - The 1970s loving main trainer in the wrestling school. He once had the chance to become the greatest wrestler of all time, but he lost it due to an unexplainable paranormal event. Later in the show, it is revealed that it was himself traveling in time to prevent his loss that ruined his fight in the first place.
- The Headmistress - The strict leader and director of the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha. She has a picky attitude with tendency to violence. She usually yells all the time, even when not needed.
A toy line based on the show was released by Jakks Pacific in 2003. 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.
- El Rey, Come Home!
- It's All Buena!
- 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.
- ¡Mucha Lucha! at Kids WB!
- ¡Mucha Lucha! at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- ¡Mucha Lucha! at TV.com
- ¡Mucha Lucha! at the Internet Movie Database