ANIMATION: El Macho
El Macho5 min. Flash webisodes, 2001
In 2001, the Internet was booming and I was coming up with all sorts of little web show ideas. So through the people I met at Sony (working as an animation intern on Stuart Little), I pitched them all of my Internet ideas, and sure enough, they bought one, about a Mexican wrestler. Jorge Gutierrez’ El Macho was born, 12 episodes of an animated web series about a Mexican wrestler, El Macho...
It was the greatest thing on earth! Seriously, I had just graduated from the CalArts Experimental Animation program and a big studio said “here’s a bunch of money to make your own cartoons”. I felt like I was the luckiest macho on earth. I hired my pal Roman Laney (who would later become the first El Tigre art director) out of CalArts and with Sandra’s help, we went at it! It was so much fun!!! It was also incredibly scary. If anything was bad (which it often was), we had no one to blame but ourselves. But mostly me :) Some of the episodes can now be found on Youtube.
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