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
Action/Adventure
Slapstick
Comedy-drama
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
Mexico
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sandra Equihua
Jorge R. Gutierrez
Producer(s) Dave Thomas (supervising)
Running time 22 minutes
11 minutes (segments)
Production company(s) Mexopolis
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03) – September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
External links
Website

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is an American/Mexican 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. Some clips of the series is available for viewing on the Nickelodeon website. The series ended on September 13, 2008.

Since the series' cancellation, Nicktoons has continued to air reruns.

Premise[edit]

Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican metropolis of Miracle City, El Tigre follows the adventures of Manny Rivera, a 12-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.

Characters[edit]

Origin[edit]

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.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date
1a "Sole of a Hero" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Fred Gonzales 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 Fred Osmond 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 Ricky Garduno March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
Manny spends his time with a new supervillain named Black Cuervo, nearly ruining his friendship with Frida (and her fiesta) in the process.
2b "Fistful of Collars" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple Luke Cormican 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 and Doug Langdale Kevin Kaliher and Dave Thomas March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
Grandpapi decides to coach Manny's soccer team, with disastrous results.
3b "El Tigre, El Jefe" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple Eddie Trigueros March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
Manny helps his friends and classmates at Escuela get better grades. but when he gets carried away, Frida and classmates unknowingly consult a supervillian to go against him.
4a "Zebra Donkey" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple Brandon Kruse and Dave Thomas March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
Manny cares for the town's mascot Zebra Donkey but after accidentally killing him, Manny and Frida use Sartana of the Dead's Golden Guitar of Doom to resurrect him, unaware of the grave consequences.
4b "Adios Amigos" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Ricky Garduno 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 keep Frida out of harm's way from the Titan, Manny must end his friendship with Frida.
5a "The Mother of All Tigres" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple Eddie Trigueros April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
When Manny's mother, Maria, comes to visit, Manny and friends are afraid he'll be forced to live with her due to Miracle City's bad status. They then decided to show her that Miracle City isn't all that bad.
5b "Old Money" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple Fred Gonzales April 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
Manny and Frida help a group of retired supervillains get their money back from Sartana of the Dead. But just because they're retired, doesn't mean they are no longer supervillains.
6a "The Late Manny Rivera" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Luke Cormican April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
Manny and Frida must be at the Escuela in time or they will be forced to go to separate schools.
6b "Party Monsters" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Ben Jones April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
Manny and Frida accidentally ruin a group of geeky kid's game night but when The Mustache Mafia attack, they must work together to defeat them.
7a "The Mustache Kid" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Ricky Garduno May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
Manny is tired of being a kid so he enlists the help of Dr. Chipotle Jr. to give him a sentient mustache named Raul in exchange for his El Tigre belt.
7b "Puma Licito" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Brandon Kruse May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
When Manny overhears Rodolfo and Maria voice their concern over Grandpapi being a bad influence on him, Manny and Frida use his suit to do heroic things to prove he isn't a bad influence. But Grandpapi might not be ok with this.
8a "Miracle City Worker" Dave Thomas and Gabe Swarr Scott M. Gimple Luke Cormican May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
Maria tries to reform supervillains into becoming good citizens but Manny isn't convinced they can change.
8b "Dia de los Malos" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Luke Cormican May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
Manny is rejected as a hero by other superheros while attending a superhero convention. But when Sartana Of The Dead and other supervillains run amok and trap the heroes at the convention, it is up to Manny to prove them wrong and save the day.
9a "Yellow Pantera" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Eddie Trigueros June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
Upon learning Rodolfo retreated from a fight with El Mal Verde, Manny is disappointed his father acted cowardly and tries to face El Mal Verde himself.
9b "Rising Son" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Fred Gonzales June 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
When The Seventh Samurai visits the Rivera household, Manny and Frida take his son, Toshiro, around Miracle City in order for him to become a real independent superhero.
10a "The Curse of the Albino Burrito" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Dave Knott and Dave Thomas September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
When an aspiring superhero kid named Davi asks Manny to help him become a hero, Manny and Frida trick him into doing their chores. But when Manny and his family are in danger, it's up to Davy to be a hero and save them.
10b "La Tigresa" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple Fred Gonzales September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
Tired of being powerless, Frida "borrows" Manny's belt and becomes the superhero "La Tigresa."
11a "Ballad of Frida Suarez" Dave Thomas Scott M. Gimple Dave Knott, Luke Cormican, Gabe Swarr,
Eddie Trigueros and Dave Thomas
September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
After El Tigre suffers a humiliating defeat against Sartana Of The Dead, Frida writes a hit song about it. But she soon lets the fame go to her head.
11b "Fool Speed Ahead" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Brandon Kruse September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
Grandpapi and Manny must win the supervillain grand prix or the Rivera's will be forced to leave Miracle City forever.
12a "Miracle City Undercover" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Eddie Trigueros October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
When Raul the Mustache is framed for a crime, Manny must go undercover with the Mustache Mafia in order to prove Raul's innocence.
12b "Bride of Puma Loco" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Sean Szeles and Brandon Kruse October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
When Grandpapi and Sartana Of The Dead unexpectedly announce their engagement, Manny and Frida do everything they can to keep the wedding from happening.
13a "Eye Caramba" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Ricky Garduno October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
After winning Lady Gobbler's glass eye, Manny gives the glass eye to Rodolfo, both unaware the eye is actually a surveillance camera, with The Flock Of Fury watching White Pantera's every move.
13b "Clash of the Titan" Dave Thomas Scott Gimple Ricky Garduno October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
When The Titanium Titan returns and claims he has become good again, he joins forces with White Pantera and El Tigre to fight crime. But has the Titan really changed his ways?
14 "The Grave Escape" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer and Doug Langdale Ricky Garduno and Eddie Trigueros October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
In this two-part episode, Sartana Of The Dead attacks the Riveras during Dia De Los Muertos, which sends Manny and Frida to The Land Of The Dead. There, Manny must enlist the help of his ancestors to return to the living world and save his family before he and Frida become forever trapped as skeletons in The Land Of The Dead.
15a "Burrito's Little Helper" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Fred Gonzales November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
Manny is forced to become Davi's sidekick after Davi gets him out of trouble.
15b "Crouching Tigre, Hidden Dragon" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer Luke Cormican November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
When a superhero trio asks Manny due to his street smarts, Rodolfo tries to impress them by being street smart as well.
16a "The Cactus Kid" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer Brandon Kruse November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
Grandpapi feels Manny isn't becoming the supervillain he wants him to be so he uses an aspiring supervillain named "The Cactus Kid" to make Manny jealous.
16b "A Mother's Glove" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Sean Szeles November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
Manny discovers his mother, Maria, used to be a superhero known as "Plata Peligrosa" before she quit. But when Manny tricks Maria into becoming Plata Peligrosa, he'll discover why she quit being a superhero in the first place.
17 "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigre" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Luke Cormican and Fred Gonzales January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
In the second two-part episode of the series, Manny is tired of being treated as a child by everyone. But when Sartana Of The Dead announces her retirement, Manny attempts to prove himself by entering Sartana's competition to find her successor, while slowly going into the supervillain side.
18a "A Fistful of Nickels" Dave Thomas Thomas Hart and Doug Langdale Dave Thomas June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
After accidentally destroying The Rivera house and killing the family parrot, Manny tries to repay the damages by stealing money from supervillains. This episode was the original pilot episode for the series.
18b "Animales" Dave Thomas Story by: Sean Szeles, Scott Kreamer, Dave Thomas,
Gabe Swarr and Jorge Gutierrez
Sean Szeles June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
The family pets, Little Mule and Senor Chapi, attempt to retrieve a stolen item from the pets across the street.
19a "Tigre + Cuervo Forever" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Ricky Garduno June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
Manny begins to date Black Cuervo in order to retrieve information of The Flock And Fury's crimes to tip off his dad so he could stop them. But Manny soon learns why he shouldn't take advantage of a girls feelings.
19b "The Thing That Ate Frida's Brain" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer Eddie Trigueros June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
After Frida slowly starts to turn into a zombie hungry for brains, Manny must find a way to cure her before she turns into a complete zombie.
20a "Stinking Badges" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer Luke Cormican June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
In order to win her father's respect, Frida begins to take the credit for all the crimes El Tigre stops. But her older twin sisters soon see through her scheme.
20b "Mech Daddy" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Fred Gonzales June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
Manny and Frida take control of a mecha supervillain named Giant Robot Sanchez.
21a "The Return of Plata Peligrosa" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer Gabe Swarr, Katie Rice,
Fred Osmond and Dave Feiss
June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
Rodolfo begins to fall for Maria after she becomes Plata Peligrosa. It's up to Manny and Frida to convince Rodolfo Maria isn't herself when she's a superhero.
21b "Chupacabros!" Dave Thomas Eddie Guzelian Sean Szeles June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
After finding a chupacabra, Manny decides to keep it as a pet and name it "Chui". But when the local goats become missing, Manny learns Chui eats goats and must release him into the wild to keep him from eating more.
22a "Love and War" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Eddie Trigueros June 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
When Dr. Chipotle Jr. and Senor Siniestro fall in love with Frida, they fight to win her affection. But when they realize she prefers to be with Manny, they come up with a plot to eliminate him.
22b "Wrong and Dance" Dave Thomas Brandon Sawyer Ricky Garduno June 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
Manny enlists the help of Grandpapi in order to attract a group of mean girls to go to the school dance with him.
23a "Oso Sole Mio" Gabe Swarr Brandon Sawyer Ricky Garduno August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
Manny and Frida try to help supervillain El Oso win the heart of his true love.
23b "Silver Wolf" Dave Thomas Tracy Berna Eddie Trigueros August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
Manny and Frida's friendship deteriorates after Frida abandons Manny to spend more time with a popular teen supervillain named Silver Wolf.
24a "The Cuervo Project" Dave Thomas Henry Gilroy Fred Gonzales August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Frida's nemesis, Zoe Aves, is grouped with Manny and Frida for a science fair project. But when Frida starts to suspect Zoe might be Black Cuervo, she and Manny try to prove it.
24b "The Golden Eagle Twins" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer Luke Cormican and Ricky Garduno August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Manny and Frida start to hang out with beloved local heroes, The Golden Eagle Twins, in order to learn how to be heroes like them. However, they soon realize The Golden Eagle Twins may not be as noble as they seem.
25a "Dia de los Padres" Gabe Swarr Henry Gilroy Luke Cormican September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
Manny teams up with Dr. Chipotle Jr. in order to give their father's a gift for Father's Day. But can Dr. Chipotle Jr. be trusted?
25b "Mustache Love" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Sean Szeles September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
In order to help Raul The Mustache win the heart of his date, Manny agrees to go on a date with a not-so-attractive girl named Sophia.
26a "Back to Escuela" Dave Thomas Scott Kreamer Eddie Trigueros September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
In order to steal an artifact in display at Manny's school, Grandpapi decides to attend school with him.
26b "No Boots, No Belt, No Brero" Gabe Swarr Doug Langdale Ricky Garduno September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
The Rivera's reckless actions due to family tension causes them to be stripped from their powers and attend family counseling. They soon learn to put their differences aside and work together as family to save Miracle City.

Home media[edit]

The six-disc complete series DVD box set was released as Season 1 on November 23, 2011 only from Amazon.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
35th Annie Awards[2] 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[3] 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[4][5] 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[6][7] 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.[8] 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. A wallpaper with El Tigre's design can be seen in a later scene as well as White Pantera in another scene. He also appears in the video for "Dragon Soul" By Nathan Simpson (Theme From Reboot and "Dragon Ball Z Kai")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: Season 1 (The Complete Series)". Nickelodeon. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Moody, Annemarie (June 16, 2008). "Daytime Emmys Honor Curious George, The Batman And More". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Creative Arts Emmys – Winners List (part I)". Variety. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The 36th annual Daytime Emmy® Award nomination" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 14, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Creative Arts Emmys Winners" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ El Tigre Decision of Destiny!

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