El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is an animated series produced for Nickelodeon and the Nicktoons Network. 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 branch of Nickelodeon). Later sneak peeks aired on February 19 with the series television debut on March 3, 2007, for both networks. It premiered on the Canadian YTV on May 4, 2007.
Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican town of Miracle City, El Tigre follows the adventures of Manny Rivera, a regular 13-year-old boy who is having trouble using his powers as El Tigre. He wants to be good, but being bad is much more fun in his vision. His father, a superhero known as White Pantera, wants Manny to grow up to be good and fight evil, but Manny's Grandpapi, a supervillain known as Puma Loco, 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 and Frida Suárez is based on Sandra's. Many things known of the show were based on actual events or parts in Jorge's life. His father was an artist (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 based on Mexico City, where Jorge grew up.
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- Nickelodeon (February 19, 2007-June 20, 2008)
- Nicktoons Network/NickToons (May 5, 2007-May 5, 2021)
- TeenNick/NickRewind (March 20-April 17, 2021)
Cast and Characters
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- Charlie Adler - Mano Negra
- April Stewart - Maria Rivera
- Candi Milo - Zoe Aves/Black Cuervo
- Pamela Adlon - Marni/Silver Echo
- Jack Angel - Comrade Chaos
- Jeff Bennett - Sergio/Señor Siniestro, Pedro/Dr. Enchanto, The Silver Sombrero
- Clancy Brown - Monsterzuma
- Bruce Campbell - The Industrialist
- Danny Cooksey - Django of the Dead
- Grey DeLisle - Cosmic Cleopatra, La Flama Dama,Voltura, Che Chapuza
- Jessica Di Cicco - Davi Roccoco/The Albino Burrito
- John DiMaggio - El Oso, Dark Leopard, General Chapuza, El Tigre I
- Richard Steven Horvitz - Diego/Dr. Chipotle, Jr., Dr. Chipotle, Sr., Dr. Chipotle Sr. Sr.
- Phil LaMarr - Raheem/Captain Photon
- Rene Mujica - Titanium Titan
- Daran Norris - Emiliano Suárez
- Efren Ramirez - El Cucharon
- Miguel Sandoval - Golden Leon
- Susan Silo - Sartana of the Dead
- George Takei - Seventh Samurai
- Danny Trejo - El Mal Verde
Translated from Latin America
- Hector Gomez Emmanuel — Manny Rivera/El Tigre
- Diana Pérez — Frida Suárez
- Jose Luis Orozco — Rodolfo Rivera/White Pantera,Grandpapi Rivera/Puma Loco (first voice)
- Miguel Angel Ghigliazza — Grandpapi Rivera/Puma Loco (second voice)
- Rebecca Gomez — Maria Rivera
- Anabel Mendez — Sartana of the Dead
- Armando Coria — Sergio/Señor Siniestro, Dr. Chipotle, Sr.
- Mayra Arellano — Zoe Aves/Black Cuervo (first voice)
- Echevarria Standard — Zoe Aves/Black Cuervo (second voice)
- Patricia Acevedo — Zoe Aves/Black Cuervo (third voice), Grandmami Aves/Lady Gobbler, Mrs. Lupita
- Ernesto Lezama — General Chapuza
- Alfredo Leal - Manny Rivera/El Tigre (2nd voice)
- Gustavo Carrillo - Rodolfo Rivera/White Pantera
- Roberto Spriu - Granpapi Rivera/Puma Loco (1st voice)
- Jose Luis Orozco: Granpapi Rivera/Puma Loco (an episode)
- Miguel Angel Ghigliazza - Granpapi Rivera/Puma Loco (2nd.voz)
- Rebecca Gomez - Maria Rivera/Plata Peligrosa
- Anabel Méndez - Sartana of the Dead
- Irwin Daayán - Diego/Dr. Chipotle Jr., Toshiro/Cibersumo,Cáctus Kid, Che Chapuza (second voice), Toshiro/Cibersumo, Che fudge (lead vocals)
- Armando Coria - Sergio/Mr Siniestro Dr. Chipotle Father, Mr Chapi, Narrator
- Lupita Leal - Carla/Twin Golden Eagle, additional voices
- Pedro D'Aguillon Jr. - Seventh Samurai, Titan Titanium (2nd voice), Dr. Chipotle Father Father
- Eduardo Garza - Additional Voice
- Raul de la Fuente - El Oso, Titan Titanium (1st voice)
- Carlos del Campo - El Cucharón
- Carlos Aguila - Don Baffi
- Juan Carlos Tinoco - Golden León (one episode)
Awards and nominations
|2007 Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production for Children||Won|
|2007 Annie Awards||Character Animation in a Television Production||Nominated|
|Monica Kennedy – El Tigre|
|2007 Annie Awards||Character Design in an Animated Television Production||Won|
|Jorge R. Gutierrez – El Tigre “Fistful of Collars”|
|2007 Annie Awards||Music in an Animated Television Production||Nominated|
|Shawn Patterson – El Tigre “Yellow Pantera”|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award||Won|
|Sandra Equihua, Character Designer for "El Tigre" for the episode "Enter the Cuervo"|
|2008 Annie Awards||Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form||Unknown|
|Scott Kreamer – El Tigre “Mustache Love” – Nickelodeon|
|2008 Annie Awards||Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form||Unknown|
|Jorge Gutierrez – El Tigre “The Good, The Bad, The Tigre”|
El Tigre's Decision of Destiny
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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. 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.
In January 2008, McDonald's Happy Meal featured El Tigre toys for a limited time. They include: El Tigre, White Pantera, Puma Loco, and Señor Sinestro.
A video game based on the series was released for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS, and Manny also appeared as a playable character in the DS version of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. El Tigre has its own game at Nick Arcade: Festival De Las Piñatas and El Tigre is a playable character in Nick Arcade's Nicktoons HoverZone along with SpongeBob, Patrick, Danny Phantom, Timmy Turner and Tak.
An episode of El Tigre was planned for inclusion on the Nick Picks 6 DVD, which was ultimately never released. The series itself, however, did receive a Complete Series manufacture-on-demand DVD release (confusingly labeled as Season 1) on November 23, 2011. Unfortunately, the DVD set was discontinued on June 4, 2021.
- Sartana of the Dead is an homage to Carlos Santana, with a visual resemblance of La Catrina, by Mexican engraver Jose Guadalupe Posada.
- Zoe's last name Aves, is a reference for another name for birds of the same name. "Aves" means "birds" in Spanish.
- Black Cuervo's costume looks like the uniform of the main characters from the anime series Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman.
- El Tigre means The Tiger, White Pantera means the White Panther, and Puma Loco means Crazy Puma. The Rivera family's ancestors are named alter-egos of the Feline family.
- Frida's tracksuit in Fool's Goal is the same as the one worn by the Bride (Uma Thurman's character) in Kill Bill and Bruce Lee in "Game of Death".
- Running gags in Mother of all Tigres: 1: When they show the flashback in "Mother of all Tigres" it shows Maria kissing Manny the age he is now with his scar, but after Maria leaves and Grandpapi moves in, it shows Manny at a younger age, 1. Manny interrupting Maria to show her a new place in the city. 2: Maria randomly speaking of facts, pulls out a book, then says "Its a fact", 3: Whenever Manny says something good about the evil place, Granpapi says "I'll say!". 4: On the cover of one of Maria's albums it shows Maria, Manny, and a goat walking across the road, similar to The Beatles hit album Abbey Road. And 5: The two plumbers are dressed similarly to Mario and Luigi.
- When Manny is working in the office in Mustache Kid, on his calendar it has a picture of an orange cat that says "No me gusta Mondays" which translated means "I don't like Mondays" which is an allusion of the popular cartoon cat "Garfield".
- In Dia de Los Malos, Papi yells at Rodolfo for reading off the invitation to the Celebration of Heroes. Then Rodolfo comes out of the bathroom with a comb in his hand and obviously combing something as he mockingly says "You can't ruin my mood." But White Pantera already has his mask on, so what is he combing? His mask?
- In The Ballad of Frida Suarez marks the second appearance of Zebra Donkey.
- When Don Baffi said "I'll get you, El Tigre, and your little 'stache, too!". This is a play on the Wicked Witch of the West's "I'll get you, and your little dog, too" line from The Wizard of Oz.
- In Eye Caramba, when the Flock of Fury is spying on Rodolfo, in some shots they see basically what he is seeing. But in other shots they actually see Rodolfo and the glass eye as if something else was spying on him.
- In Sole of a Hero when Manny says, "You're Super Macho!" to his Dad, it is a reference, to Jorge Guiterrez', one of the creators of the show nickname, "Super Macho". As known on his website, which is named after the show's company, Mexopolis.
- There has been a running gag in the title cards, with one character standing closer to the image, showing only its feet and legs, while the other stands far in the background. So far, this is seen in Sole of a Hero, Fistful of Collars, and The Mother Of All Tigres. A similar gag is used in Clash of the Titan, with the Titanium Titan in the form and El Tigre in the background, but the difference is that the Titan is shown entirely instead of feet and legs.
- There are a few references to Spaghetti Westerns within the show, Sartana and Django are both the names of heroes in a series of Italian Westerns. Both Leone middle school and Sergio are named after director Sergio Leone the latter being an Italian kid who dresses up like a cowboy. Furthermore, the episodes Fistful of Collars, and a A Fistful of Nickels takes its title from Fistful of Dollars, and A Fistful of Dynamite. Also it is noted that the Boktai series has a protagonist named Django and a brother named Sabata also named after spaghetti western film protagonists.
- Manny's name may be based on the name of Tony Montana's best friend Manny Rivera from the Brian de Palma movie, Scarface.
- In El Tigre, El Jefe, toward the end of the episode, Remy from Street Fighter III can be seen in the crowd. Plus, Chun-Li and Ryu can be seen in a few scenes of several episodes.
- When El Mal Verde falls into El Oso after fighting Manny in the first round, if you look closely Black Cuervo can be seen in the crowd but she never competes or is seen throughout the rest of the episode. Later in the episode, Black Cuervo is seen hanging in the volcano on the background.
- Running Gag of Sartana mentioning villains then White Pantera followed by him yelling "Black Pantera" as his cover name.
- White Pantera's "Power Punch Pick" was originally written as a punch, not a kick. After the storyboard pitch, it became obvious that our boot themed hero should have a kick as his big move.
- All the villains in this show have red eyes, except for Granpapi and Manny because Granpapi has yellow glasses on so we really can't see, and Manny is only part-villain.
- The full name of Manny Rivera (Manuel Pablo Gutierrez O'Brien Equihua Rivera) is related to the surnames of the creators of the series, for example: the last name of Gutierrez in the name of the character belongs to Jorge R. Gutiérrez and while Equihua belongs to Sandra Equihua.
- In The Return of Plata Peligrosa, when White Pantera paints Plata Peligrosa, it was the title card picture of A Mother's Glove.
- Manny lives on a house on the top of a big building in Miracle City. The building name is Casa Del Macho. Manny's mom's former mansion was named Casa Del Mariachi.
- Some of the villains have secret identities and they make sure no one else finds out about it.
- In Dia De Los Padres, Frida was doing a puppet show with puppets that look like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd also in Animales, it was the same thing like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry.
- In Golden Eagle Twins, when the old woman from the orphanage talks, in the background an orphan is seen playing with an El Tigre plushie.
- In production order Love ans War/Wrong and Dance is episode 17, instead of The Good, The Bad and the Tigre.
- In No Boots, No Belt, No Brero, all the known characters make cameos.
- In No Boots, No Belt, No Brero, several villains can be seen cheering after the Riveras have defeated all their enemies, but a second later those same villains can be seen lying in the heap of defeated enemies.
- In No Boots, No Belt, No Brero, it is revealed the Suarez family has a cat.
- In Mech Daddy, when El Tigre is electrocuted and his skeleton is visible, you can see his tail has bones.
- During the battle against the Titanium Titan, Frida discovers that a giant robot's controller is an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) controller with the crosspad and the A and B buttons.
- In one episode it is revealed that Frida's goggles are "prescription".
- Frida appears to spend more time with the Rivera family than with her own family.
- Also at Comic-Con, Jorge Gutiérrez said the concept of the show is partly based on his real life growing up in Mexico with an artist father and a grandfather who was in the military. He had seen his grandfather as "evil" and his father as "good", much like Manny's father and grandfather.
- El Tigre's theme music was used in The Loud House episode "Lucha Fever with the Casagrandes", in which it can be heard during a wrestling match that Ronnie Anne is watching on TV. Jorge Gutiérrez provided the voice of the commentator for said match.
- The El Tigre theme appears again in The Casagrandes episode "Saving Face", which again had Gutiérrez voicing the wrestling match commentator.
- Official website
- El Tigre's virtual bedroom on Nicktropolis.
- Nickstory Archives: El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
- NickToonstory Archives: El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera at the Internet Movie Database
- AnimationInsider.net Interview with Shawn Patterson, Composer for 'El Tigre'
- Jorge Guiterrez' Website.
- Sandra Equihua' Website.
- Owner of Wendy's Blog: Director boards by Dave Thomas, Supervising Producer and Director of Nickelodeon's El Tigre.
- Tigre Roar Blog: A behind the scenes look at the creation of El Tigre.
- Interview with Jorge Guiterrez' co-creator of El Tigre.
- Super-Macho Blogo!!!:Jorge Guiterrez' blog.
- Holas Crayolas: Sandra Equihua' blog.
- SuperMacho deviantART page: An unknown El Tigre employee who updates artwork, turn sheets and size comparisons for the show.
- Petition to revive the show