Los Campeones de La Lucha Animatics

Eddie Mort and Lili Chin, the creators of one of the first Flash-animated TV series ¡Mucha Lucha!, have embarked on an independent feature. Los Campeones de la Lucha is also being animated in Flash, and the team is now churning out the animatic. Below are three clips which Eddie and Lili recently released on their blog.

storyboard drawings by Eddie Mort

Sorpresa vs Abuela Extremo from Act 3
storyboard drawings by Rafael Navarro

Meeting Rayo X from Act 1
storyboard drawings by Eddie Mort

Eddie shared a few thoughts with me this week on the making of the film.

AARON SIMPSON: What have you and Lili learned through the process of making Los Campeones?
EDDIE MORT: Los Campeones shows that you don’t necessarily have to go the traditional US broadcast way to get your ideas into production. Of course it means we work with an ‘independent movie’ size budget, but it has also allowed us to have total freedom in all aspects of the design, script and story content. The film is being financed by TV Azteca in Mexico, for their new Features division. The plan is to first release and establish the film theatrically in Mexico, with other countries to follow.

AARON: What’s your crew like?
EDDIE: It’s a skeleton! Lili Chin is taking care of designs, turnarounds, character poses, color styling, animatics, etc etc etc. I’m doing designs, storyboards, BG Layouts, animatics, script editing, voice direction, film direction, some music. The rest were freelancers – Rafael Navarro did storyboards for Act 3, Jake Bauming did storyboards for Act 2, Monkey Paw Media have been doing BG keys and Evan Newby did some additional designs. And we have DJ/Composer Phofo as Music Supervisor.

AARON: Who is animating the film?
EDDIE: We will be taking care of some of the actual animation ourselves, but using another studio for the majority of the film.

9 Comments

  1. Which other studio? I hope it’s not being sent overseas for production like I heard Mucha Lucha was. If thats true, then why? Are there no animation houses in this hemisphere up to the task? If I’m mistaken, please correct me. Anyway the new project looks great.

  2. Eddie Mort March 22, 2007

    Thanks Steve

    As I said in the interview, we are a skeleton crew, multi-tasking with a low budget. Obviously taking on 70+ minutes of animation is going to challenge us, so we will need outside help.

    Also regarding your comment on keeping the animation ‘local’: this is in all aspects an international project. We are an Australian company, working out of LA with production money from Mexico!

  3. Gene Fowler March 22, 2007

    Then it’s obvisous Eddie, you should send the work to Canada!

    Great looking show!

    PS: I’m working on a mexican style show myself, where do you get all of your reference?

  4. Anonymous March 22, 2007

    Wow! It’s Mucha Lucha with all the cartoony fun taken out. Not trying to be mean or anything, but why make a new cartoon that’s so similar to your last? I’m sure both you and Lili have loads of other influences you could have of explored.

  5. Eddie Mort March 22, 2007

    Come on ‘anonymous’…everyone else is using their own names.

    Scared we might find out where you live and send some luchadores after ya?

  6. Anonymous March 26, 2007

    The animation company is Bardel entertainment, based in Vancouver.Canada.

  7. Anonymous April 10, 2007

    i heard Campeones is dead in the water… hmm

  8. Talented and Unemployed June 8, 2007

    This was a fun project to work on.

    I’ve worked with Eddie and Lili for several years on various projects. It’s great to see how there talents have evolved and how they always try to push their limits to the next level.

    Can’t wait to see the final product.

    *plug plug* *link link*
    http://www.xanga.com/e4animation

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