|Also known as||¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante (season 3)|
|Created by||Eddie Mort |
|Directed by||Alfred Gimeno (season 1)|
Ken Kessel (seasons 2-3)
Collette Sunderman (voice director)
|Voices of||Carlos Alazraqui (Season 1-2)|
Jason Marsden (Season 3)
|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||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 an American animated television series that premiered on Kids' WB, Teletoon, and Canal 5 on August 17, 2002. It was created by Eddie Mort and Lili Chin and produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Bardel Entertainment. 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 until its closure in 2020.
On October 5, 2004, the direct-to-video feature film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was produced from the series. During its first two seasons, the show also features music by Michael Tavera, who previously made music for Cartoon Network's Time Squad, and would later make music for shows such as Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Yin Yang Yo!, and The Secret Saturdays.
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 well-known move. The series mainly centers 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||October 5, 2004|
The show was also seen on Kids' WB in the United States, Teletoon in Canada, Kix in the United Kingdom, and Canal 5 in Mexico from August 17, 2002, until February 26, 2005. It also premiered on Cartoon Network internationally in 2003, and in U.S in 2004. In March 2007, the show began its first rerun on Miguzi, and was later replaced with Ben 10 for the last slot before Miguzi was shut down in the same year. The final rerun of the show lasted from 2008 to 2009, and it was removed from the lineup in 2010.
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 23, 2003. The direct-to-video movie The Return of El Maléfico, was released on October 5, 2004, exclusively at Walmart, while other retailers released it 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 canceled.
During the 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.
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.