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|Created by||Álvaro Díaz
|Country of origin||Chile|
|No. of episodes||56|
|Original channel||TVN (Chile), UCV Televisión (2013)|
|Original run||March 15, 2003 – March 27, 2008|
31 minutos (Spanish for 31 minutes) is a Chilean television show which takes the form of a mock news broadcast, and is fronted by puppets who present various items. The program was devised by Álvaro Díaz and Pedro Peirano and is produced by their own company, APLAPLAC. It was first aired in March 2003 on the TVN channel in Chile.
31 minutos has achieved considerable success in Chilean television, captivating adult viewers as well as children. The sarcastic and carefree humor along with the producers' reputation in Chile of being the essential part of the extinct cult show Plan Z (aired about a decade before) earned the series immediate acceptance among the public (specially among Plan Z's wide and loyal fan base) and helped boost its popularity, being considered a spiritual successor of sorts of that earlier show. When the first season had its debut, it occupied the morning time slot on Saturdays. But its orientation toward children was somewhat questioned because of the enthusiastic response from adult audiences; therefore the second season was moved to the time slot after the night time news at 10:00 pm on Fridays. Its almost explosive commercial success is reflected in the range and quantity of products spawned by the show, including an audio CD with the songs from its first season. In 2004, Nickelodeon started airing the first season across Latin America, being particularly popular in Brazil and Argentina, and a second CD was released with music from the second season. In 2005, a third album was released, with the third season's music and some extras.
Part of the show's success with more adult audiences is due to its use of double entendres and parody. The puppets are ironic imitations of famous television personalities and there are many references to incidents or television events which characterized Chile in the 1980s and 90s.
A movie version entitled 31 minutos, la película, that was shot in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro, premiered in Chilean theatres on March 27, 2008.
- Tulio Triviño (leader, parody of Bernardo de la Maza)
- Juan Carlos Bodoque (journalist, probably a parody of both Rafael Cavada and Santiago Pavlović)
- Juanín Juan Harry (producer)
- Jackson Aceituno (war correspondent, parody of Amaro Gómez-Pablos)
- Policarpo Avendaño (entertainment commentator, parody of Italo Passalacqua)
- Calcetín con Rombos Man (Argyle Sock Man, superhero, parody of Gekko Kamen)
- Mario Hugo (reporter)
- Patricia Ana Patana Tufillo (Tulio's niece; Reporter)
- Balón von Bola (sports commentator, parody of Sergio Livingstone and Julio Martínez)
- Raúl Guantecillo (sports commentator, parody of Pedro Carcuro)
- Tenison Salinas (sports reporter)
- Huachimingo (reporter)
- Mico el Micófono (reporter)
- Eusebio Manguera (owner of the channel)
- Dante Torobolino (explosive magician, parody of El Mago Oli, Gerardo Parra)
- Cossimo Gianni (image consultant, parody of Jordi Castell)
- Tío Pelado (fraudster)
- Bongo Stingo (journalist, parody of Carlos Pinto)
- Guaripolo (the ambiguously self-proclaimed "31 minutos's children's favourite character")
- Tío Horacio (elderly children's entertainer, parody of El Tío Memo, Domingo Sandoval)
- Spitting Image - A British satirical puppet show.
- 31 Minutos - A CD with the music of the first season.
- 31 Canciones de Amor y una Canción de Guaripolo (Spanish for "31 Love Songs and 1 Guaripolo Song") - A CD with the music of the second season.
- Los Ratoncitos (Spanish for "The Little Mice") - A CD with the music of the third season.
- Yo Nunca vi Televisión (Spanish for "I never Watched Television") - a tribute CD of 31 minutos songs.