|Also known as||¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante (season 3)|
|Created by||Eddie Mort |
|Voices of||Carlos Alazraqui (2002–04)|
Jason Marsden (2004–05)
|Theme music composer||Chicos de Barrio|
|Opening theme||¡Mucha Lucha! by Chicos de Barrio|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Sander Schwartz|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Fwak! Animation|
Warner Bros. Animation
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Kids' WB|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround (2002–03)|
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (2003–05)
|Original release||August 17, 2002 –|
February 26, 2005
¡Mucha Lucha! (known as ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante during its third season) is a 2002–2005 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 intended for children created with Adobe Flash, a program which became widely used as a medium for animation in the years following.
In 2005, the direct-to-video feature film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was spun-off from the series. The show also contained music by Michael Tavera, who previously made music for Cartoon Network's Time Squad.
The show is set in Luchaville, a fictional town in Southern California centered on lucha libre where nearly everyone in that town wears a mask (which they are never seen without) and costume and a signature move. The series mainly focuses on three friends, Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea, as they struggle through the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha, where they study.
|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|
- 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 the 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.
In Region 1, Warner Home Video has released one compilation that contained the first six segment-episodes from season one, titled Heart of Lucha, on August 19, 2003. The direct-to-video movie The Return of El Maléfico, was released on January 4, 2005 during the third and final season.
In 2019, ¡Mucha Lucha! was available remastered for the first time in High Definition for home viewers and became available on demand through Amazon Prime.
A toy line based on the show was released by Jakks Pacific in 2004. 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.
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