!Mucha Lucha!

¡Mucha Lucha!
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Also known as ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante (Season 3)
Genre Comedy
Slapstick
Adventure
Surreal
Created by Eddie Mort
Lili Chin
Voices of Carlos Alazraqui (Seasons 1–2)
Jason Marsden (Season 3)
Kimberly Brooks
Candi Milo
Theme music composer Chicos de Barrio
Opening theme ¡Mucha Lucha! by Chicos de Barrio
Composer(s) Michael Tavera, Nicolas Barry, Tomas Jacobi, Rene Garza Aldape, Chuy Flores
Country of origin Mexico
United States
Original language(s) English
Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sander Schwartz
Producer(s) Ken Kessel
Eddie Mort
Lili Chin
Alfred Gimeno
James Krieg
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Fwak! Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Kids' WB
Audio format Dolby Surround (Season 1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (Season 2–3)
Original release August 17, 2002 (2002-08-17) – February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)

¡Mucha Lucha! (later known as ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante for the third and final season) is a Mexican 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 created with Adobe Flash, a program which became widely used as a medium for animation in the years following. The show was also seen on Teletoon in Canada, CITV, Pop Max and Disney XD in the UK, Nine Network in Australia and Cartoon Network worldwide (including the US).

The show is set in Luchaville, a fictional Southern California town centered on lucha libre (nearly everyone in the town has a mask and costume and a signature move) and is essentially about the adventures of three children, Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea, as they struggle through the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha, where they study.

In 2005, the direct-to-video feature film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was spun-off from the series.

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Episodes[]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113August 17, 2002February 8, 2003
222September 13, 2003May 8, 2004
Gigante17September 11, 2004February 26, 2005
MovieJanuary 4, 2005 (Video release)

Home media[]

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.

Spin-off merchandise[]

A toy line based on the show was released by Jakks Pacific in 2004.[1] 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.

  1. El Rey, Come Home!
  2. It's All Buena!
  3. 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.[2]

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