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Directed By
Ricardo Arnaiz
Mike Kunkel
Produced By
Phil Roman
Gerry Cardoso
Alex Flores
Michael D. Olmos
Edward James Olmos
Written By
Ricardo Arnaiz
Richard Pursel
Phil Roman
Rico Rodriguez
Edward James Olmos
Argelia Atilano
Cheech Marin
Kate del Castillo
Paul Rodriguez
Grecia Villar
Ricardo El Mandril Sanchez
K. C. Porter, Erik Estrada
Adal Ramones
Gabriel Iglesias
Don Cheto
Hector Suarez
Lisa Kudrow
Pierre Angelo
Music By
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón
Aleks Syntek (theme)
Leoncio Lara
Animex Producciones, Phil Roman Entertainment, Olmos Productions
Distributed By
Never Landing Data Distribution (Mexico)
Freestyle Releasing (United States)
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Release Date
January 29, 2016 (Mexico)
February 2016 (United States)
Rating PG.gif

El Americano: The Movie (simply known as El Americano) is a 2016 3D Mexican-American computer animated film produced by Animex Producciones, Olmos Productions, and Phil Roman Entertainment, and directed by Ricardo Arnaiz and ex-Disney animator, Mike Kunkel.[1][2][3][4] The film features a large ensemble voice cast of Hispanic-American and Mexican actors, led by Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family, The Muppets), Academy Award-nominee Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver, Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Cheech Marin (The Lion King, Cars), Kate del Castillo (American Visa), Paul Rodriguez (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), Gabriel Iglesias (Planes, The Nut Job), Erik Estrada (Maya and Miguel), and Lisa Kudrow (Friends).[5][6] It is the first computer-animated co-production between Mexico and the United States.[1][4]

Originally set for release on September 2013, the film was set and is now released simultaneously in theaters in Mexico on January 29, 2016 and in the United States in February 2016.[7][8] So far, there is no information yet about the film's distributor[9]


The story will follow Cuco (voiced by Rico Rodriguez), a young Mexican parrot, whose epic quest to enlist the aid of an American crime-fighting TV celebrity, to defend his family in Mexico from Martin Kingfisher and his henchmen, teaches the young parrot to be a hero himself.


Note: Ash the Vulture does not have a voice.


Production began on January 2011 when director and Animex founder, Ricardo Arnaiz, became interested in doing an American production while working on Nikté. He later visited the United States and met actor Edward James Olmos, when he found that Olmos was "a hit".[9] After reading the script, Olmos agreed to join the film's production team and voice cast.[10] “We’re delighted to be working with Edward James Olmos and his production company here in the US. It’s a story we have been working on for the last three years and we feel we have a really strong team in place to execute this film scheduled in 2013.” [11]

"At the opening of the FICM to present the progress of this project is important because Animex [was] born in Puebla 13 years ago, and is the fourth film and will for many more. With El Americano, we ventured to U.S. and we want to impact [a] Hollywood film [...]"
— Ricardo Arnaiz[12]

On September 26, 2013, the film was presented at Ibero Puebla, revealing new screenshots and clips.[13]

During production, Edward James Olmos has recorded his voice before the animation process.[14] As a result, many cast members were required to act out their roles before recording their voices.[15]

The film was budgeted at $52 million pesos ($4 million USD).[9] According to director Ricardo Arnaiz, it is the most expensive film from Animex Producciones and the first to exceed over $29 million pesos.[9] The visual effects and animation processes were done by Boxel Studio in Tijuana.[16] In an interview with Andres Reyes Botello, founder of Boxel Studios, Ricardo Arnaiz initially stated he originally intended to produce the film in traditional animation.[16] "Back then he was explaining to me his situation with his 2D animation studio and his curiosity about making El Americano into a full 3D CGI production," said Andres Reyes Botello. "From there, we instantly got on to a good relationship and started working on the development for the characters and environments, doing some animation, lighting, and rendering tests for this film."[16]

Development for the film finished on August 2013.[9]


On April 17, 2013, actress Lisa Kudrow has joined the voice cast as Lucille in both English and Spanish versions.[17][18] She is the only all-American cast member.[17] To prepare her role, director Ricardo Arnaiz helped Kudrow with her emphasis in her Spanish for her lines.[19]

The film premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival on October 22, 2013.[20][21] The film was originally scheduled for a tentative September 2013 release, but it was delayed to a Summer 2014 release. It was then moved to a March 2014 release,[10] before moving back to a Summer 2014 release.[7]

The film had its U.S. premiere at The Strong National Museum of Play theater in Rochester, New York on March 15, 2014. It was shown in both Spanish and English.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Olmos Productions and Animex Join Forces on “El Americano: The Movie”
  3. El Universal - Espectáculos - Edward James Olmos apuesta por historias con mensaje
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Presentan “El Americano: The Movie”, coproducción México-EUA | Diario Rotativo", 26 September 2013. Retrieved on 16 October 2013. 
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 Presentan “El Americano: The Movie”, coproducción México-EUA - Yahoo TV. Yahoo! TV. September 26, 2013
  6. El Americano Features Impressive Latino Cast - Latin Gossip
  7. 7.0 7.1 "El Americano The Movie, se estrena este verano", 28 January 2014. Retrieved on 29 January 2014. 
  8. Rhinewald, Shane. "See the Rochester Premiere of El Americano: The Movie At The Strong Museum on March 15", 19 February 2014. Retrieved on 10 March 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Cataño, Paulina. "52 millines de pesos, el cost de El Americano: the movie de Animex", 27 September 2013. Retrieved on 16 October 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "diarocambio" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "diarocambio" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "diarocambio" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "diarocambio" defined multiple times with different content
  11. Raymundo, Neil. "Olmos Productions and Animex Team Up for El Americano: The Movie", 2 May 2012. Retrieved on 16 October 2013. 
  12. El Americano: The Movie, la nueva cinta de Animex (in Spanish) Retrieved January 2, 2014. September 27, 2013. Claudia Cisneros
  13. El Americano - The Movie presentation
  14. Destaca película tijuanense en el Festival de Cine de Morelia
  15. EL AMERICANO - Edward James Olmos recording his voice (look in the description). Facebook. Facebook, Inc.. Retrieved on 3 November 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Rompiendo los límites con MODO en El Americano: The Movie
  17. 17.0 17.1 Huerta, Cesar. "El Universal - - Lisa Kudrow se hace friend del cine mexicano", 17 April 2013. Retrieved on 12 January 2014. 
  18. Lisa Kudrow hablará en español para la película El Americano
  19. Conferencia de Prensa Festival de Cine de Morelia | Press conference at Morelia Film Festival (skip to 36:24)
  20. Rosas, Gerardo. "Se presentó en el FICM la película “El Americano” / Morelia / Noticas - Marmor Informa - Noticas en Michoacan", 22 October 2013. Retrieved on 15 November 2013. 
  21. "'El Americano' to play Mexico film festival", 19 October 2013. Retrieved on 15 November 2013. 

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