¡Mucha Lucha! Preview <center><img border=0 src=http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/logo.gif alt="¡Mucha Lucha!" width=250 height=147></a></center> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/donuts.gif" alt="Donuts" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="100" height="69">Combining irreverent humor and visually dynamic fantasy-action, ¡MUCHA LUCHA!, the first-ever, all-flash animated series for broadcast television, is a wildly inventive comedy-adventure about "Honor, Family, Tradition and Donuts." Inspired by the popular theatrical style of Mexican pro wrestling, Lucha Libre, ¡Mucha Lucha! takes us into a world of colorful masks and costumes and the all important "signature move." <img border="0" src="http://www.toonzone.net/shows/images/kidswb/t-muchalucha16.gif" alt="The Three Mascaritas" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="150" height="81">Rikochet, Buena Girl, and The Flea attend the hot spot for masked wrestling — The Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha. They’re three kids facing the everyday challenges that growing up brings — like learning how to match wits and skill against their pesky archrivals at The Hairy Knuckle Wrestling Academy. But if they study hard and live by The Code of Masked Wrestling, then someday they will become great masked wrestlers. "Take care of your mask so that it can take care of you!" ¡Mucha Lucha! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation under the creative supervision of Alfred Gimeno, Joel Kuwahara and Michael Ryan. Created by Eddie Mort & Lili Chin, the series is brought to life with the voices of Carlos Alzaraqui, Candi Milo and Kimberly Brooks. [line]1[/line] THE THREE MASCARITAS<img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/rikochet1.gif" alt="Rikochet" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="125" height="112">RIKOCHET (voiced by Carlos Alzaraqui) Signature Move: Pulverizing Pinball! Hobby: Lucha Libre! Likes: "El Rey, he’s muy caliente!" Dislikes: "Ay…having my mask ground into the mat." Catch Phrase: "Caliente!" <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/rikochet2.gif" alt="Rikochet" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="71">Rikochet comes from a famous Masked Wrestling family — many generations before him have worn the mask and gone on to great glory. He's a ten-year-old who eats, sleeps and dreams about Masked Wrestling and wants nothing more than to carry on the family tradition. But Rikochet is still a kid, and even though he is the most naturally gifted Masked Wrestling student to ever set foot on terra firma, he is still learning to find his talent, focus his attention and refine his skills. What he currently lacks in refinement, he makes up for with a "never give up" attitude. He's learning to stand tall and confident, while finding his way through the perilous, sometimes extremely colorful world of Masked Wrestling. To help him along the way, Rikochet has many supporters. One of them is an action figure replica of the great wrestler, El Rey. El Rey is Rikochet's mentor and only Rikochet can see him come to life. He is all talk, offering lots of inspiration, but little practical advice. <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/maskeddog.gif" alt="Masked Dog" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="71">Often tagging along is Rikochet's mask-wearing dog, Masked Dog, who follows him everywhere — including to school. And while he may appear to be just a dog, Masked Dog is actually a profound and well-trained wrestler, who manages to do all of his wrestling without any of our little heroes seeing him. Rikochet's two best friends are Buena Girl and The Flea. The three share a secret clubhouse where they practice wrestling moves, trade wrestling cards, and watch wrestling shows on television. They support each other through thick and thin. As Buena Girl says, "The Code of Masked Wrestling clearly states: Life is a tag team event!" CARLOS ALZARAQUI (Rikochet) A well-known stand-up comedian who has appeared at The Improv and The Laugh Factory, Carlos Alzaraqui is perhaps best known as the voice of the Chihuahua on the Taco Bell commercials. His extensive television work includes: TV: Family Guy, That 70s Show, Lizzie McGuire, Brothers Garcia. FILM: Board Ghost.com, Osmosis Jones, A Bug's Life. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/buenagirl1.gif" alt="Buena Girl" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="125" height="112">BUENA GIRL (voiced by Kimberly Brooks) Signature Move: The Buena Bulldozer of Truth! Hobby: Reading the Code of Masked Wrestling. Likes: "Lucha Libre, the buenaest wrestling of all! Oh, and unicorns." Dislikes: Cheating…it’s just not right! Catch Phrase: "It’s all buena!" Buena Girl is a machine. She's focused, diligent and practical. She's got confidence to spare and a winning smile. <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/buenagirl2.gif" alt="Buena Girl" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="88">However, Buena Girl's seeming perfection is also the cause of her deepest insecurities. She loves making an entrance and needs little or no excuse to bellow out her catch cry, "It's all buena!" Buena Girl knows The Code of Masked Wrestling by heart — chapter, paragraph and sub-paragraph. If it's not done by The Code, then it's not right! And that's just "not buena" with Buena Girl. KIMBERLY BROOKS (Buena Girl) A well-known animation voice-over actor, Kimberly Brooks has voiced charcaters for numerous television and feature film projects. Her television credits include: TV: Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Static Shock, As Told By Ginger. FILM: Jimmy Neutron, The Wild Thornberrys. She recently appeared in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie as Luna. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/flea1.gif" alt="The Flea" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="125" height="112">THE FLEA (voiced by Candi Milo) Signature Move: It is too disgusting to talk about. Hobby: Dumpster diving. Likes: Basura. Dislikes: Taking showers. Catch Phrase: "Zapatos de ratas!" The Flea is a real animal. He's ferocious, he's hot tempered and he's always ready for a wrestling match. He's also a bit of an underdog, which is one of the reasons that Rikochet has taken him under his wing. <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/flea2.gif" alt="The Flea" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="74">The Flea's the opposite of Buena Girl. He's a mess. He digs in garbage, but he's a wealth of information when it come to the history of Masked Wrestling. The Flea's parents run Slammin' Donuts, where our young Luchadores get their daily recommended dosage of donuts courtesy of The Flea's mom and dad. For The Flea, it's all about The Flea. He's simply trying to be all The Flea that The Flea can be. CANDI MILO (The Flea) An accomplished performer, Candi Milo has opened for Joan Rivers and Howie Mandel and appeared in numerous feature films, television shows and theater productions. Her voice-over work includes: TV: Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures, Jimmy Neutron, Pepper Ann, Cow & Chicken, As Told By Ginger, Dexter's Laboratory. THEATRE: Life's Too Short... And So Am I, Hip Is A Relative Term, Nuts N'Choose. [line]1[/line] THE FACULTY<img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/headmistress.gif" alt="The Headmistress" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="70" height="73">THE HEADMISTRESS runs the school. She’s the best wrestler in the place, and she’s got a trophy case full of “captured masks” to prove it (and her most prized captured masks are mounted on the walls of her office like hunting trophies). She’s tough on the kids, because she wants them to succeed. She’s not asking them to do or learn anything that she herself wouldn’t do. The kids fear her, but they respect her. She’s tough, but usually fair. There’s a secret wrestling rivalry between Rikochet’s Mama and the Headmistress that goes way back. It’s forever bubbling under the surface, threatening to break out into an all out Free Match between the two powerful women. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/senorhasbeena.gif" alt="Señor Hasbeena" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="59">SEÑOR HASBEENA teaches Masked Wrestling Theory and Self-Presentation. Hasbeena’s heyday as a Masked Wrestler was years ago, when he enjoyed a brief movie career (a fact he never lets his students forget by constantly showing them the old, cornball films). He runs the Masked Wrestler movies during class and is always ready to pop in a tape at any time. He’ll take any opportunity he can to show some of his past exploits (even if he wasn’t the star of the film). Señor Hasbeena has managed to keep in good physical shape – too bad we can’t say the same for his mental state. But hey, one out of two ain’t bad. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/mrmidcarda.gif" alt="Mr.Midcarda" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="56">MR. MIDCARDA was always one shot short of fame. And he’s a little bitter. He’s always wanted to grab that brass wrestling ring and shake it – just once. But fate and timing always seemed to be against him. He was good. He was very good. But circumstances beyond his control have always prevented him from winning the big match or taking that one important mask from an opponent. Some day, maybe some day he’ll get his chance. He refuses to give up even though he’s a little past his prime. [line]1[/line] RIKOCHET'S FAMILY<img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/mama.gif" alt="Mama" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="75">RIKOCHET'S MOTHER ("Mama") was a famous Masked Wrestler, just another in a long familial line of heroic figures who always fought fairly and won by skill, hard work, and talent. Mama doesn't want to push Rikochet into Masked Wrestling. She wants him to come to it naturally. And he does; Rikochet wants to be great. MAMA is always very encouraging of little Rikochet's ambitions to one day be a great Masked Wrestler. She teaches him that there's nothing that hard work and diligence can't accomplish. Mama's tough. She's got attitude. She doesn't suffer fools too gladly. She teaches through example. And she really, really, really loves her boy. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/father.gif" alt="Father" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="75" height="75">RIKOCHET'S FATHER ("Lone Star") is a wrestler, not a great one, but a nice guy. He's so nice that he's in constant demand for matches all around the world. He's never a sore loser and he's always a magnanimous winner. So he's never home, but the "nice" items he endorses can be found all around the house so Rikochet is never completely without his father. <hr size="1" width="50%"> <img border="0" src="http://news.toonzone.net/images/2002-08/muchalucha/abuelito.gif" alt="Abuelito" align="left" hspace="5" vspace="3" width="124" height="75">RIKOCHET'S ABUELITO is an energetic old man. He's Mama's father and he never tires of telling young Rikochet the family history: ranging from El Queso Grande, who ruled the ring in the mid-15th century, to the mysterious La Gato Blanco, to the black sheep of the family. [line]1[/line] SHOW IMAGES (Click for larger versions) [line]1[/line] VIDEOThe ¡Mucha Lucha! opening theme is available to download as a Quicktime video. Please right-click on the link and save the file to your hard drive. Opening Theme (4.1 MB) Many thanks to Tyler of Toonami: Digital Arsenal for hosting this video. [line]1[/line] EPISODE GUIDE"Back to School" It’s the first day of the new year at The Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha, and our hero, Rikochet comes up against the strict bias of the very stern Headmistress. In the world of learning to be a Luchador, it’s ONE, TWO, THREE FALLS YOU’RE OUT! Things aren’t looking too bueno for our hombrito. "How Rikochet Got His Move Back" Rikochet needs to find his signature move. And, he’s about to be tested. So, he’s got to get a signature move and fast. Growing desperate, he tries to buy one off the black market … this goes against the Code of Masked Wrestling and the law. With a huge posse of enemies on his back, Rikochet must reach deep down inside himself and find his signature move … or else! "The Fantastic Backpack" When the three thugs from the Harry Knuckles Academy get trapped inside Rikochet’s backpack, our three mascaritas must go in and get them out. This proves more difficult than might be imagined as, internally, the backpack is a huge world unto itself … a strange masked wrestling dimension that not only holds El Rey’s corner … but dangerous secrets as well. "The Naked and the Masked" Rikochet wakes up one morning without his mask on! He’s lost it! This is a fate worse than death. A masked wrestler without a mask is simply a … wrestler. Gasp. Rikochet must make it through the day without letting anyone know he’s maskless until he can find his own mask and rightly redeem his honor and face as a masked wrestler … simply by putting his mask back on. "Heart of Lucha" When the Flea gets transferred into Rude Guy class, Room 207, Rikochet and Buena Girl start to worry. At heart, the Flea isn’t a Rude Guy … a messy, disgusting slob, yeah … but not a Rude Guy. And, if he stays in Room 207 too long, he’ll become an evil masked wrestler bent on destruction and mayhem and cheating. Gasp. Rikochet and Buena Girl must journey into the dark heart of Room 207 and bring the Flea out … before it’s too late. "Weight Gaining" Rikochet challenges three huge wrestlers at school … to fight all at once. The only problem is that together, they are way out of Rikochet’s weight class. He’s either got to put on weight and fast or forget the match altogether. Rikochet doesn’t quit too easily. And, with the help of Buena Girl, the Flea and sage advice about overeating from El Rey, Rikochet manages to bulk up and up and up …until he’s in a weight class all his own … unless, of course, you count planets. "The Anger of Cindy Slam" When Rikochet, Buena Girl and The Flea get teamed up with Angry Cindy Slam for a school project, they quickly discover that beneath the surface of her intense anger, is far more anger, just waiting to get out… But when our three mascaritas discover Cindy’s diary, they find a way to solve all of Cindy’s problems — a trip to Gerbil Jorge’s Masked World of Lucha Fun and Wrestletainment! Keep your hands and feet inside the masked ride at all times… "Woulda Coulda Hasbeena" When Rikochet accidentally rips a hole in the space time continuum with his amped-up signature move, it gives Mr. Hasbeena a chance to go back in time to the '70's and change history allowing his younger self to win that last title match and thus keep him from ever being simply a has been. But, the kids can't allow Mr. Hasbeena to change history ... the entire balance of Masked Wrestling could be destroyed forever! "The Mummy with the Golden Mask" While on a school field trip to the Museum of Lucha History, the Flea accidentally re-animates the legendary mummified Queen Voladora! Unfortunately, the Mummy is seeking revenge after one of Buena Girl’s ancestors unmasked her thousands of years ago. The Mummy wastes no time in kidnapping Buena Girl, and Rikochet must put his mask on the line in a title match to get her back. Can he unmask the Mummy and save his friend? "The Curse of the Masked Toilet" The Flea tells his little sister a bedtime story about the time that the toilet came to life and threatened them when Mr. and Mrs. Flea weren't home one night. In a scary unfolding of the tale, Rikochet and Buena Girl arrive to help the Flea battled this horrific and tidy blue bowled monster. "Our Founder" When Rikochet, Buena Girl and the Flea find themselves in the dire straits of a Bad Guys three-way signature move crossfire, they look to the Code of Masked Wrestling to save them. Unfortunately, they discover the last page is… missing! Can our three mask-a-teers find the missing page and restore the sacred code? Only with the help of the man who wrote the book… the man who founded The Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha… El Fundador! "Not So Buena Girl" Buena Girl gets a fortune donut with a bum fortune. It says she will never succeed at masked wrestling … that she should just throw in the towel. Masked wrestling is her life, and she plummets into a deep funk. Rikochet and the Flea try to revive her interest in life by proving the fortune donut wrong. "Pinball Wizard" When Rikochet accidentally gets frozen in the shape of his pulverizing pinball, he thinks it’s great. But, of course, every silver lining has a cloud. He can’t control his bouncing and manages to destroy the school and accidentally leave his friends in the brutal hands of the three brutos from the Hairy Knuckles Academy. Can Rikochet find the strength to carry on or will being permanently ball-shaped bounce him out of the world of Masked Wrestling forever? "Bring Your Dad To Lucha Day" It's Father/child Lucha Day at The Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha. Rikochet's father arrives just in time (having to lose a championship match to get there). Rikochet and his two friends get so focused on winning the competition that they forget the true meaning of the Code: Honor! Family! Tradition! And Donuts! The petty rivalry is broken by paternal advice and level-headedness .. until the three fathers start arguing over who gave the best advice. "The Mask-Mitsvah" Rikochet is tall enough to be a man. A big party takes place to celebrate. But, Rikochet must earn his manhood, face his fears and lucha his way into maturity. Abuelito sends the boy downtown on an important quest. Along the way, Rikochet faces a big three-headed wrestler and must stand his ground. It turns out that Abuelito only sent the boy to pick up the laundry. Now, back at home, Rikochet's got to take the test of manhood ... lucha with six really big guys. "Tooth or Dare" Buena Girl takes great pride in her teeth. But, when El Evil Dentista of Doom puts a huge set of head-gear braces on her, Buena Girl is less than buena. She enlists the aid of Rikochet and the Flea to prove that the dentist is evil so that Buena Girl can redeem the honorable honor of her glorious choppers. "The Musica Man" Rikochet wins a band in a lucha match. Now, our hero has a full-time live soundtrack to his life. Caliente! But, things go from bad to worse as the music men keep getting Rikochet inadvertently into trouble at school. It finally becomes so annoying the Rikochet must wrestle the entire band just to get them off his back. "Flea's Fighting Fish" The Flea runs into an old pet of his, a fish that's bitter against the Flea for having been accidentally flushed down the toilet. Now, the fish is out for revenge and the Flea must defend himself the only way he knows how. No, not leave the country. He must face the fish. "Will the Real El Rey Please Stand Up" When the real El Rey comes to town, Rikochet is overwhelmingly excited to meet his hero. His El Rey action figure, however, is less than thrilled at being upstaged by a six-foot, fleshy replica of his honorable plastic self. And so, in order to restore his relationship with Rikochet, the toy El Rey sets off to find the real El Rey and show him just how real he really is. Really? Really! "La Flamencita" When Rikochet accidentally incapacitates a fellow wrestler, our hero is forced to stand in as part of a dancing lucha team. Flamenco! Olé! Unfortunately, Rikochet stinks on parquet and his new "partner" La Flamencita is less than impressed. Despite advice, Rikochet just isn’t getting it. But, he can’t quit. He can’t give up and let La Flamencita down. So, what can he do? He can look deep inside himself and learn to dance from the heart! Dance boy, dance! "All Creatures Masked and Small" Getting Masked Dog to pay a visit to the Masked Veterinarian for his flea bath is harder than a Masked arithmetic pop quiz. So, when Rikochet finally manages to get him there, he makes his wrestler’s-best-friend a solemn promise… to pick him up in an hour! Unfortunately, that promise proves hard to keep, when Rikochet returns sixty minutes later to find that Masked Dog is… missing! Basura! Can Rikochet track down Masked Dog and return his buddy to the friends and family who love him? Uhm… hopefully… "Timmy of a Thousand Masks" One after another of the students at the Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha mysteriously act up and get expelled. But, the mystery all comes to a head when Buena Girl gets expelled for something she didn’t do. Who could be impersonating our young luchadores and getting away with it? Could it be a bad kid with a thousand masks? Mmmm, could be. Could be. "Honor Thy Lucha" Rikochet is tempted to pilfer a special El Rey trading card from Minotoro’s excessive collection. Unfortunately, the card comes home with Rikochet (thanks to El Rey’s quick hands), and Rikochet must truly decide where his honor lies. He falters long enough to earn a visit from the Ghost of Honor, Family & Tradition. In a little trip through the consequences of his actions, Rikochet finds out that doing the right thing even for the small stuff is very, very big. "El Chinche’" When the Flea’s country cousin, El Mariquita, comes to town the flea is muy worried, for his cousin is the meanest, most horrible, nastiest, ugliest... cutest friendliest smiliest ladybug ever! It turns out that El Mariquita is generous, considerate and giving... everything the Flea is not, and what’s more, Rikochet and Buena Girl like it! Can the Flea show the world just how duplicitous El Mariquita really is before he loses his friends... and his mind? Well, it’s a little late on the last one! "Mask-Away" PART I When the students of the Foremost World Renowned International School of Lucha head to the local park, the mascaritas know they’re in for a day of light-hearted lucha-fun … not on this show, baby. And so, the Flea gets swept away on a kite while Rikochet and Buena Girl set out to save him on a paddleboat. Soon, they’re lost at sea, battered in a huge storm and then find themselves washed up on a desert island. Can our paddleboatwrecked heroes overcome the elements and survive the island solitude? Come along for a half-hour tour … a half-hour tour … "Mask-Away" PART II Rikochet and Buena Girl meet up on the desert island. Luckily, Rikochet can always count on Buena Girl’s sanity … right? Sorry. Buena Girl hears the Code of Masked Wrestling speaking to her telling her to claim the island for her very own. But, Rikochet isn’t having any. He’s not giving up his newfound freedom. The two go head to head. Luckily, the Flea arrives by kite just in time to bring a little sanity to the situation. Well, in the land of the loco, the one-eyed man is king … or something like that. [line]1[/line] CREDITS Production & Animation: Warner Bros. Animation Executive Producer: Sander Schwartz Associate Producer: Joel Kuwahara Producer:Alfred Gimeno Producer/Story Editor: Michael Ryan Created by: Eddie Mort & Lilo Chin Creative Executives: Linda Steiner, Christopher Keenan, Michael Diaz Music by: Michael Tavera Casting/Voice Director: Collette Sunderman Lead Voice Talent: Carlos Alzaraqui - Rikochet Kimberly Brooks - Buena Girl Candi Milo - The Flea[line]1[/line] ¡Mucha Lucha! premieres Saturday, August 17 at 10:30 AM (9:30 Pacific). Visit the official website at www.muchalucha.com. Look for a review of the debut episode very soon here at Toon Zone News. A ¡Mucha Lucha! soundtrack -- Music From & Inspired By Mucha Lucha -- is also available on CD thru Amazon.com. "Honor, Family, Tradition... and Donuts!"