La Historia mas Linda
|Created by||Marcelo Tinelli – Alejandro Stoessel – Mario Schajris|
|Written by||Mario Schajris and Marcela Citterio|
|Directed by||Jorge Montero|
|Opening theme||Un Rincón Del Corazón|
|Ending theme||Un Rincón Del Corazón|
|Composer(s)||Laura Natalia Esquivel
|Country of origin||Argentina|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||316
155 (first season)
147 (second season)
|Producer(s)||Ideas del Sur|
|Original channel||Canal 13|
|Original airing||First Season: April 10, 2007 – December 14, 2007
Second season: April 23, 2008 – November 3, 2008
|Followed by||Atracción x4|
Patito Feo (in English, Ugly Duckling) is a comedy TV series for kids and teens from Argentina, starring Laura Natalia Esquivel, Brenda Asnicar, Juan Darthes, Griselda Siciliani and Gastón Soffritti produced by Ideas del Sur for Canal 13. The show is distributed worldwide by Televisa.
With a huge marketing push, the show started its run on April 2007 in Canal 13. In September of that year, the show started airing in the entire Spanish-speaking Latin America market on the Disney Channel and soon, the program became a sensation among kids and teens in the entire continent.
When it debuted, Patito Feo was a direct competitor to Telefe's Casi Angeles in Argentina. Casi Angeles' was produced by Cris Morena, the ratings' leader in kids and teen fiction for over 15 years. Patito Feo beat Casi Angeles, marking the first time a Cris Morena production didn't had the lead in the Argentine market in 2008. During that year, Patito performed exceptionally not only on TV but also on merchandising sales. The soundtrack album was the best-selling album of 2008 in the country and over 100 licensed products were released. An official magazine exceeded sales expectations and had its initial print sold out within a week and a stamp album also had record sales for Panini in Argentina. The song Las Divinas was the best-selling ringtone ever in the country.
In Argentina, 400.000 tickets were sold for the first national live tour, over 150.000 in Buenos Aires and 90.000 in the litoral city of Mar Del Plata during the summer. Afterwards, the complete cast toured Latin America with over 700.000 tickets solds for shows in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, El Salvador, Bolivia and Paraguay.
The show became a huge success soon after its debut. The soundtrack was the best-selling album of 2007 according to CAPIF, over 70 licensed products were released and the cast toured Argentina (with stops in Buenos Aires, where over 160,000 people saw the live concert, Mendoza, Córdoba, Mar del Plata, Rosario, Salta, Tucuman and Santa Fe) and, subsequently, the rest of South America, North America and Central America with stops in Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, El Salvador, Bolivia and Turkey, selling out arenas and stadiums.
Although the show was incredibly well received by the audience, Patito Feo attracted huge criticism due to the fact it glamorized the villains, a group of mean and beautiful girls that called themselves Las Divinas (The Divines). Besides being superficial, Las Divinas were also mean and bullied Patito. The fact the villains were much more popular among young girls than the main character caused concern over some groups and the issue was even on the cover Noticias, Argentina's most imporant current affair magazine, under the headline "The Triumph of Discrimination".
After a very well received first season, the show was renewed for a second one. In May, the second season finally debuted. While its first week did well in ratings, viewership started to decrease significantly day after day. Meanwhile, Casi Angeles, which went through an extreme makeover after a lukewarm reception during its first year, became incredibly popular and it got to a point where it was almost doubling Patito's rating. In the end, Patito Feo second season was heavily beat by Casi Angeles second season and the show ended up being canceled by Canal 13 two months before the initial plan with the final episodes being aired only on the Disney Channel and on international markets. An inconsistent storyline and a huge quality drop in the scripts were blamed for the show big decline in popularity.
In early 2008, under the name De Tout Mon Coeur, Patito Feo started airing on children channel Gulli in France. It soon became a huge success, being the most-watched show on the channel. A few months later, Elastic Rights bought the rights to distribute the show in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
In Italy, Il Mondo di Patty and debuted on the Disney Channel and soon became a gigantic hit. Due to the big popularity, a huge merchandising line was unveiled and Laura Esquivel visited the country to promote the show. The rights were bought by terrestrial Mediaset-owned Italia 1 which started airing the show in the Summer of 2009. Il Mondo di Patty became an even bigger success in the country, being one of the most-watched shows on the channel.
Also in 2008, Patito Feo debuted on Cartoon Network in Spain. It was very well received and became one of the top shows among young girls on cable. In 2009, it debuted on the Disney Channel and became one of the highest-rated shows on cable in Spain, topping Hannah Montana.
In Italy and Spain, the show spawned over 200 merchandising including toys, apparel, cosmetics, food items and a video game for Playstation and a special Singstar game. The soundtrack album was certified over 5x Platinum in both countries. It was also a huge rating hit in Portugal, Greece and Turkey. In Greece, the album was certified for 11x Platinum.
With the success of the show, Laura Esquivel launched a successful Italian acting career in Italy, where she stars in movies and TV shows. Legal problems between the executive producers of the show and the production company made hard for the cast to tour in those countries. However, a new musical with local actors was licensed and, even though none of the original cast members were part of the production (with the exception of Laura Esquivel for a few special presentations), over 250.000 tickets were sold in Italy and Spain. Over 30.000 tickets were sold for concerts in Athens.
In March 2009, a Mexican remake, Atrevete a Soñar, made its debut in Canal de las Estrellas in Mexico, produced by Televisa. One year early, the original version was shown with huge success on the Disney Channel and the original cast sold over 120.000 tickets for concerts in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Veracruz and Queretaro.
The Mexican version was also a huge hit, with over 90 licensed products. The soundtrack album achieved Platinum certification. The cast toured over 15 cities with the live tour, with over 11 presentations in the Auditorio Nacional in the City of Meixco.
There are plans for a US version and MTV Networks is currently developing a pilot.
Even though the second season wasn't as successful, with the show being canceled early amid lawsuits, internal fights and lackluster ratings against a successful second season of Casi Ángeles, the second season soundtrack was still the best-selling album in Argentina in 2009 and the live DVD was also the best-selling DVD of that year.
In late 2008, Alejandro Stoessel, creator of Patito, was fired. Disagreements between him and the production company started after two shows he was in charge of, the second season of Patito Feo and the teen-oriented show Atraccion x 4, failed to reach expectations and ended up being canceled. After parting ways with the company, he started a lawsuit against Ideas del Sur asking for a part of Patito Feo profits because he claims he was responsible for creating the entire concept. The lawsuit not only was the reason a new leg of a Latin American tour was canceled but also a European tour, where the show was also enjoying huge popularity.
After his dismissal, Alejandro Stoessel was hired by Dori Media to develop a new show targeted to kids and teenagers.
At the same time, Ideas del Sur started to develop a new youth-oriented show, Malcriados (now titled Consentidos), and chose Brenda Asnicar, who had enjoyed high popularity in her role as Antonella, as one of the lead actresses. At the same time, Dori Media and Stoessel wanted her to star in their new show, Ñeka.
Brenda finally decided to do the Dori Media project and, not satisfied with being turned down, Ideas de Sur started a lawsuit against Brenda's management since her contract stipulated she should prioritize Ideas del Sur projects over other production companies.
Finally, Ñeka was renamed Mia, mi Amiga Invisible and will debut at Mipcom in Cannes starring Brenda. But the show is also facing various lawsuits: besides Ideas del Sur, Valeria Britos, the creator of the original script (when it was titled Ñeka), is also suing Dori Media.
The lawsuit prevented the cast, especially Brenda Asnicar, of touring across Europe in 2010 to promote the show.
The beginning of the story introduces single mom Carmen and her daughter Patricia, simply known as Patito (Patty). They live in San Carlos de Bariloche, a small town in Argentina. Patito falls in love at first sight with Matias – she meets him just after falling off her bike, he helps her up. Matias is there on vacation, but he soon returns to his hometown of Buenos Aires. Patito names her dog after him (Mati).
Soon after, Carmen and Patito travel to Buenos Aires for medical exams. There, Patito meets the hospital director, Leandro Díaz Rivarola. It turns out that he is her estranged father. Neither Patito nor Leandro know this, however. Carmen and Patito remain in the city for Patito's medical treatment. Leandro learns of Patito's desire to sing and suggests that she apply to the fine arts school directed by his mother, the Pretty Land School of Arts. Patito agrees.
As time passes, Leandro suspects that Patito is his daughter and takes a DNA test, which is a positive, but Leandro's girlfriend, Bianca, pays one of his employees to change the result to a negative to avoid Leandro leaving her. Bianca wants to marry Leandro, but only for his status; she does not love him. She did the same thing years before with another rich man, the father of her two children, Fabio and Antonella, she then told her children that their father is dead. Bianca does everything she can to make sure Leandro stays with her with the help of her 'friends', Dorina and Paolo, from paying Leandro's employees to tell him that Patito is not his daughter to pretending to be pregnant. When Carmen and her best friend Ashley find out Bianca is not pregnant, Bianca threatens to take Patito away from Carmen, as she did repeatedly in the past to keep Carmen from telling Leandro what she knows. Bianca's daughter, Antonella, goes to the same school as Patito and is Matias's girlfriend.
Given these circumstances, rivalries crop up between Carmen and Bianca as well as Patito and Antonella. Within the school, this leads to the creation of two rival musical dance groups – Las Divinas (The Divines) led by Antonella, and Las Populares (The Populars) led by Patito. As time passes, Antonella does more and more things to Patito to make her life miserable from almost drowning her to making sure she can't release her CD. Eventually, the two become friends because of one very important thing they have in common: they both grew up without a father. Meanwhile, Bianca, who learns that Carmen had found out that she isn't pregnant and planned to tell Leandro, commands Paolo to eliminate her. Paolo, trying to please her, hires a man to hit Carmen with a car, but their plan goes haywire when Antonella sacrifices herself to save Carmen, ending up in Leandro's hospital in a coma. She eventually wakes up, and her 'friend', Pia, and Bianca tell her that Patito is happy that Antonella is hurt so that she can have her CD published. The two go back to being enemies, and Antonella, who has some of Bianca's lying genes, helps keep Leandro with her mother by pretending to be unable to walk. Matias later realizes his deep feelings for Patito and decides to become her boyfriend. Patito being eager, accepts.
Patito is not the only one who gets a boyfriend: Leandro, despite his marriage to Bianca, gives his heart to Carmen, who accepts. However, their relationship comes to a crashing end when Carmen tells him the truth: Patito is his daughter. They decide to tell her at the right time together, but when Antonella and Patito are having a competition on television, Leandro announces it when the third judge was telling Patito that he did not want to give her a 10 (like he had just done with Antonella) because of her appearance. An enraged Patito then moves in with her father and refuses to forgive Carmen, until Carmen's birthday arrives, and mother and daughter make peace after Carmen told her everything that kept her from telling her the truth.
- Patricia (Patito) Diaz Rivarola Castro – Laura Natalia Esquivel
- Matías Beltran – Gastón Soffritti
- Josefina Beltrán – Thelma Fardin
- Belen Demini – Maria Belen Berecoechea
- Santiago Peep Maria Rodriquez – Nicolas Torkanowski
- Gonzalo Molina – Juan Manuel Guilera
- Alan Tecrina – Nicolas Zuviria
- Felipe Sanchez – Rodrigo Velilla
- Sol Demini – Sol Berecoechea
- Catalina Munoz - Marina Martinez
- Tamara Valiente - Eva Quattrocci
- Antonella Lamas Bernadi – Brenda Asnicar
- Facundo (Fabio) Lamas Bernadi – Brian Vainberg
- Caterina Artina – Camila Salazar
- Pía Sanetti – Camila Outon
- Luciana Mentitequi – Nicole Luis
- Bruno Molina – Andres Gill
- Guido Leinez – Santiago Talledo
- Emma Taylor – Calu Rivero
- Felicitas Olgar – Olivia Molina
- Wendy Volterson – Brenda Chiclowsky
- Guadalupe Fransico Dela Maria Consayez – Julia Meddleton
- Emanuele Hovare de Lano – Francisco Verardi
In the second season Patito fully enjoys her family and Matias' love. The Populars and the Divines participating in a tournament with the group Populars & Divines, representing the Pretty Land School of Arts. Belinda, a famous singer sees their performance and offers them to join her international tour that will begin shortly, but Antonella refuses (since now she is a famous popstar) to work with Patty, this will be the cause of battles between the two groups to see which group will support this popstar.
Soon, Matias' love will again be a source of dispute between Patito and Antonella and also of a new girl called Karina. Everything is going to complicate. New boys and girls will come to the Pretty Land School of Arts and already known people will have to deal with complicated and funny situations.
The love story of Carmen and Leandro will be at their best time, especially with Carmen's pregnancy and this promises only happy moments. However, Carmen has put on an incredible amount of weight and Bianca will use this to try to separate them. Carmen takes a babysitter for the newborn baby, who is nothing but Bianca's unrecognized sister. Then Bianca's mother, actress and showgirl frustrated that will help his daughter and his niece Antonella to achieve all their ambitions, regardless of means, but will not know the appearance of this daughter who has remained in oblivion, giving rise to complications in the life of Bianca, Antonella and society. Carmen and Leandro in this season get married.
|Albania||Albanian||Junior TV||Bota e Patit|
|India||Hindi||Disney Channel India||Patito Feo (Patito Feo: The Most Beautiful Story)|
|Turkey||Turkish||ATV, Nickelodeon Turkey, Kidz/Animez||Patito Feo: En Güzel Hikaye (Patito Feo: The Most Beautiful Story)|
|Romania||Romanian||Acasa, Disney Channel Romania||Patito Feo|
|Italy||Italian||Disney Channel Italy, Italia 1, La5, Boing Italia||Il Mondo di Patty|
|Greece||Greek||Mega Channel||Patty: Η πιο όμορφη ιστορία (Patty: The most beautiful story)|
|Cyprus||Greek||ANT1 Cyprus||Patty: Η πιο όμορφη ιστορία (Patty: The most beautiful story)|
|San Marino||Italian||Disney Channel Italy||Il Mondo di Patty|
|France||French||Gulli, Cartoon Network France, Boing France, IDF1||De tout mon cœur, Le Monde de Patricia|
|Spain||Spanish||Cartoon Network Spain, Disney Channel Spain, Telecinco||Patito Feo|
|Portugal||Portuguese||SIC, Panda Biggs||O Mundo de Patty|
|Argentina||Spanish||Canal 13 / Disney Channel / Magazine||Patito Feo|
|Mexico||Spanish||Televisa Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Dominican Republic||Spanish||Disney Channel, Antena Latina||Patito Feo|
|Costa Rica||Spanish||Teletica||Patito Feo|
|El Salvador||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Peru||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Uruguay||Spanish||La Tele||Patito Feo|
|Venezuela||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Guatemala||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Nicaragua||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Ecuador||Spanish||Disney Channel||Patito Feo|
|Lithuania||Lithuanian||Baltijos televizija||Bjaurusis ančiukas|
|People's Republic of China||Mandarin||China Central Television Channel 1||丑小鸭历险记 (The Adventure of the Ugly Duckling)|
- A planet without the Cris's Galaxy, note of Pablo Sirvén for La Nación Daily, April 12, 2007, [retrieved on April 30, 2008] (Spanish)
- A success that seems to don´t have ceiling, Clarín, July 22, 2007, [retrieved on April 30, 2008] (Spanish)