El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera

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El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera logo
Genre Superhero Fiction
Created by Jorge R. Gutierrez
Sandra Equihua
Directed by Dave Thomas
Gabe Swarr
Voices of Alanna Ubach
Grey DeLisle
Eric Bauza
Carlos Alazraqui
April Stewart
Composer(s) Shawn Patterson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (50 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sandra Equihua
Jorge R. Gutierrez
Producer(s) Dave Thomas (supervising)
Running time 24 minutes
11 minutes (segments)
Production company(s) Mexopolis
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03) – September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
External links
Website www.nick.com/el-tigre

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is an American Flash animated television series produced for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. The first screening of the show was on January 19, 2007 in the first ever Nickelodeon Creative Summit held in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a special treat for the 60 exclusive attendees (The Summit was led by 4 of the main branches of Nickelodeon). Later sneak peeks aired on February 19, with the series television debut on March 3, 2007 for both networks. The entire series is available on iTunes as Season 1, and is also available on the PlayStation Network Store. Some clips of the series is available for viewing on the Nickelodeon website.


Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican metropolis of Miracle City, El Tigre follows the adventures of Manny Rivera, a regular 13-year-old boy with superpowers trying to choose between being good or evil. Manny's father is a superhero known as White Pantera, and wants Manny to grow up to be good and fight evil. Manny's Grandpapi is a supervillain known as Puma Loco who thinks Manny should go to the dark side.


El Tigre was created by a husband-and-wife team named Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua along with others who were employed to make the show. The couple made the project from experiences they had when they were younger. Manny Rivera is based on Jorge's young self. Many things known of the show were based on actual events or parts in Jorge's life. His father was an architect (which was viewed as good) and his grandfather was a general in the military (which was viewed as evil). That idea was exaggerated to the idea of Super Heroes and Villains. The city Miracle City is likely based on Tijuana, where Jorge grew up.


The series only lasted with one season of 26 episodes.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1a "Sole of a Hero" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
While "borrowing" Rodolfo's super charged Bronze Boots of Truth, Manny and Frida break them. Manny covers it up until Rodolfo slips into a depression after being beaten by El Oso.
1b "Night of the Living Guacamole" Dave Thomas Doug Langdale March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
Manny spends money on a laser tattoo maker instead of some expensive guacamole so Manny buys some free ones from a disguised Doctor Chipotle Jr. which turns Rodolfo and Grandpapi into zombie guacamole monsters.
2a "Enter the Cuervo" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
Manny spends his time with a new supervillain named Black Cuervo, nearly ruining Frida's fiesta in the process.
2b "Fistful of Collars" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
While making some roller skates, Manny and Frida earn money for finding the town's lost pets so they can buy Luxe roller skates and scooters then earn a bigger cash reward if they return a Chihuahua named Taco to his rightful owner.
3a "Fool's Goal" Dave Thomas Rob Humphrey, John Behnke & Doug Langdale March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
Rodolfo coaches Manny's soccer team, with disastrous results.
3b "El Tigre, El Jefe" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
Manny helps his friends and classmates at Escuela get better grades. but they decided to go against him.
4a "Zebra Donkey" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
Manny cares for the town's mascot Zebra Donkey, so he and Frida use Sartana of the Dead's Golden Guitar of Doom to resurrect him.
4b "Adios Amigos" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
During a dangerous day at a carnival, Manny encounters the Titanium Titan, a former superhero with shapeshifting titanium arms. To defeat him... He must end his friendship with Frida.
5a "The Mother of All Tigres" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
When Manny's mother comes to visit, They show her that Miracle City isn't all that bad.
5b "Old Money" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
Manny and Frida help a group of retired supervillains get their money back from Sartana of the Dead.
6a "The Late Manny Rivera" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
Manny must be at the Escuela in time.
6b "Party Monsters" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
Manny and Frida go to a party.
7a "The Mustache Kid" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
7b "Puma Licito" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
8a "Miracle City Worker" Dave Thomas & Gabe Swarr Scott M. Gimple May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
8b "Dia de los Malos" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
9a "Yellow Pantera" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
9b "Rising Son" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
10a "The Curse of the Albino Burrito" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
10b "La Tigresa" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
11a "Ballad of Frida Suarez" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
11b "Fool Speed Ahead" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
12a "Miracle City Undercover" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
12b "Bride of Puma Loco" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
13a "Eye Caramba" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
13b "Clash of the Titan" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
14 "The Grave Escape" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer & Doug Langdale October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
15a "Burrito's Little Helper" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
15b "Crouching Tigre, Hidden Dragon" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
16a "The Cactus Kid" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
16b "A Mother's Glove" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
17 "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigre" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
18a "A Fistful of Nickels" Dave Thomas Thomas Hart & Doug Langdale June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
18b "Animales" Dave Thomas Sean Szeles, Scott Kreamer, Dave Thomas, Gabe Swarr & Jorge Gutierrez (story) June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
19a "Tigre + Cuervo Forever" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
19b "The Thing That Ate Frida's Brain" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
20a "Stinking Badges" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
20b "Mech Daddy" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
21a "The Return of Plata Peligrosa" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
21b "Chupacabros!" Dave Thomas Eddie Guzelian June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
22a "Love and War" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna June 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
22b "Wrong and Dance" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer June 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
23a "Oso Sole Mio" Gabe Swarr Brandon Sawyer August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
23b "Silver Wolf" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
24a "The Cuervo Project" Dave Thomas Henry Gilroy August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
24b "The Golden Eagle Twins" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
25a "Dia de los Padres" Gabe Swarr Henry Gilroy September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
25b "Mustache Love" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
26a "Back to Escuela" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
26b "No Boots, No Belt, No Brero" Gabe Swarr Doug Langdale September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)

Home media[edit]

The complete series was released on DVD on November 23, 2011 only in Amazon.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
35th Annie Awards[1] Best Animated Television Production for Children El Tigre Won
Character Animation in a Television Production Monica Kennedy – El Tigre Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Television Production Jorge R. Gutierrez – El Tigre "Fistful of Collars" Won
Music in an Animated Television Production Shawn PattersonEl Tigre "Yellow Pantera" Nominated
36th Annie Awards[2] Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Scott Kreamer – El Tigre "Mustache Love" – Nickelodeon Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Jorge Gutierrez – El Tigre "The Good, The Bad and The Tigre" Nominated
35th Daytime Emmy Awards[3][4] Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award Sandra Equihua, Character Designer Won
Jorge Gutierrez, Character Designer Won
Gerald de Jesus, Art Direction Won
Eddie Trigueros, Storyboard Won
36th Daytime Emmy Awards[5][6] Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Dave Thomas, Gabe Swarr & Andrea Romano Won

El Tigre's Decision of Destiny[edit]

On January 25, 2008, Nickelodeon allowed viewers to vote on an ending deciding El Tigre's fate on a brand-new episode that premiered on the same day.[7] The ending chosen was hero, in which he defeated Django and Sartana. Had evil been chosen he would have helped Django and Sartana conquer the world but turned against them to take the empire for himself and Frida and ruled over the world into old age.

Other appearances[edit]

El Tigre has been licensed in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera the video game, and is featured in the Nintendo DS version of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. He also makes a cameo appearance in Nicktoons MLB, but is not a playable character in it.

El Tigre has its own game at Nick Arcade, Festival De Las Piñatas, and is also a playable character in Nick Arcade's Nicktoons HoverZone.

The characters Manny, Frida, and Grandpapi/Puma Loco make an appearance during a 2D animated scene in The Book of Life which is Jorge Gutierrez' first feature-length film. He also appears in the video for "Dragon Soul" By Nathan Simpson (Theme From Reboot and "Dragon Ball Z Kai")


  1. ^ "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Moody, Annemarie (June 16, 2008). "Daytime Emmys Honor Curious George, The Batman And More". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Creative Arts Emmys – Winners List (part I)". Variety. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The 36th annual Daytime Emmy® Award nomination" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 14, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Creative Arts Emmys Winners" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ El Tigre Decision of Destiny!

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