El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera logo
Genre Superhero Fiction
Created by Jorge R. Gutierrez
Sandra Equihua
Directed by Dave Thomas
Gabe Swarr
Voices of Alanna Ubach
Grey DeLisle
Eric Bauza
Carlos Alazraqui
April Stewart
Composer(s) Shawn Patterson
Country of origin United States[1]
Original language(s) English[1]
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (50 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sandra Equihua
Jorge R. Gutierrez
Running time 24 minutes
11 minutes (segments)
Production company(s) Mexopolis
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 3, 2007 (2007-03-03) – September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
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El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is Nickelodeon's first ever flash animation series produced for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. 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 branches of Nickelodeon). Later sneak peeks aired on February 19, with the series television debut on March 3, 2007 for both networks. The entire series is available on iTunes as Season 1, and is also available on the PlayStation Network Store. Some clips of the series is available for viewing on the Nickelodeon website.


Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican metropolis of Miracle City, El Tigre follows the adventures of Manny Rivera, a regular 13-year-old boy with superpowers trying to choose between being good or evil. Manny's father is a superhero known as White Pantera, and wants Manny to grow up to be good and fight evil. Manny's Grandpapi is a supervillain known as Puma Loco who 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. Many things known of the show were based on actual events or parts in Jorge's life. His father was an architect (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 likely based on Tijuana, where Jorge grew up.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1a"Sole of a Hero"Dave ThomasScott KreamerMarch 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
While "borrowing" Rodolfo's super charged Bronze Boots of Truth, Manny and Frida break them. Manny covers it up until Rodolfo slips into a depression after being beaten by El Oso.
1b"Night of the Living Guacamole"Dave ThomasDoug LangdaleMarch 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
Manny spends money on a laser tattoo maker instead of some expensive guacamole so Manny buys some free ones from a disguised Doctor Chipotle Jr. which turns Rofolfo and Granpapi into zombie guacamole monsters.
2a"Enter the Cuervo"Dave ThomasScott KreamerMarch 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
2b"Fistful of Collars"Dave ThomasScott GimpleMarch 3, 2007 (2007-03-03)
3a"Fool's Goal"Dave ThomasRob Humphrey, John Behnke & Doug LangdaleMarch 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
3b"El Tigre, El Jefe"Dave ThomasScott GimpleMarch 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
4a"Zebra Donkey"Dave ThomasScott M. GimpleMarch 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
4b"Adios Amigos"Dave ThomasScott KreamerMarch 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
5a"The Mother of All Tigres"Dave ThomasScott M. GimpleApril 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
5b"Old Money"Dave ThomasScott M. GimpleApril 7, 2007 (2007-04-07)
6a"The Late Manny Rivera"Dave ThomasScott KreamerApril 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
6b"Party Monsters"Dave ThomasTracy BernaApril 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
7a"The Mustache Kid"Dave ThomasScott KreamerMay 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
7b"Puma Licito"Dave ThomasScott KreamerMay 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
8a"Miracle City Worker"Dave Thomas & Gabe SwarrScott M. GimpleMay 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
8b"Dia de los Malos"Dave ThomasTracy BernaMay 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
9a"Yellow Pantera"Dave ThomasScott KreamerJune 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
9b"Rising Son"Dave ThomasTracy BernaJune 16, 2007 (2007-06-16)
10a"The Curse of the Albino Burrito"Dave ThomasTracy BernaSeptember 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
10b"La Tigresa"Dave ThomasScott GimpleSeptember 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
11a"Ballad of Frida Suarez"Dave ThomasScott M. GimpleSeptember 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
11b"Fool Speed Ahead"Dave ThomasScott KreamerSeptember 28, 2007 (2007-09-28)
12a"Miracle City Undercover"Dave ThomasScott KreamerOctober 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
12b"Bride of Puma Loco"Dave ThomasScott KreamerOctober 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
13a"Eye Caramba"Dave ThomasTracy BernaOctober 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
13b"Clash of the Titan"Dave ThomasScott GimpleOctober 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
14"The Grave Escape"Dave ThomasScott Kreamer & Doug LangdaleOctober 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
15a"Burrito's Little Helper"Dave ThomasTracy BernaNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
15b"Crouching Tigre, Hidden Dragon"Dave ThomasBrandon SawyerNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
16a"The Cactus Kid"Dave ThomasBrandon SawyerNovember 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
16b"A Mother's Glove"Dave ThomasScott KreamerNovember 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
17"The Good, the Bad, and the Tigre"Dave ThomasScott KreamerJanuary 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
18a"A Fistful of Nickels"Dave ThomasThomas Hart & Doug LangdaleJune 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
18b"Animales"Dave ThomasSean Szeles, Scott Kreamer, Dave Thomas, Gabe Swarr & Jorge Gutierrez (story)June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
19a"Tigre + Cuervo Forever"Dave ThomasTracy BernaJune 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
19b"The Thing That Ate Frida's Brain"Dave ThomasBrandon SawyerJune 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
20a"Stinking Badges"Gabe SwarrScott KreamerJune 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
20b"Mech Daddy"Dave ThomasTracy BernaJune 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)
21a"The Return of Plata Peligrosa"Gabe SwarrScott KreamerJune 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
21b"Chupacabros!"Dave ThomasEddie GuzelianJune 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
22a"Love and War"Dave ThomasTracy BernaJune 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
22b"Wrong and Dance"Dave ThomasBrandon SawyerJune 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)
23a"Oso Sole Mio"Gabe SwarrBrandon SawyerAugust 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
23b"Silver Wolf"Dave ThomasTracy BernaAugust 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
24a"The Cuervo Project"Dave ThomasHenry GilroyAugust 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
24b"The Golden Eagle Twins"Gabe SwarrScott KreamerAugust 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
25a"Dia de los Padres"Gabe SwarrHenry GilroySeptember 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
25b"Mustache Love"Dave ThomasScott KreamerSeptember 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
26a"Back to Escuela"Dave ThomasScott KreamerSeptember 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
26b"No Boots, No Belt, No Brero"Gabe SwarrDoug LangdaleSeptember 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)


Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result
35th Annie Awards[2] Best Animated Television Production for Children El Tigre Won
Character Animation in a Television Production Monica Kennedy – El Tigre Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Television Production Jorge R. Gutierrez – El Tigre "Fistful of Collars" Won
Music in an Animated Television Production Shawn PattersonEl Tigre "Yellow Pantera" Nominated
36th Annie Awards[3] Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Scott Kreamer – El Tigre "Mustache Love" – Nickelodeon Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form Jorge Gutierrez – El Tigre "The Good, The Bad and The Tigre" Nominated
35th Daytime Emmy Awards[4][5] Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award Sandra Equihua, Character Designer Won
Jorge Gutierrez, Character Designer Won
Gerald de Jesus, Art Direction Won
Eddie Trigueros, Storyboard Won
36th Daytime Emmy Awards[6][7] Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Dave Thomas, Gabe Swarr & Andrea Romano Won

El Tigre's Decision of Destiny

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.[8] 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 and Frida and ruled over the world into old age.

Other appearances

El Tigre has been licensed in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera the video game, and is featured in the Nintendo DS version of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. He also makes a cameo appearance in Nicktoons MLB.

El Tigre has its own game at Nick Arcade, Festival De Las Piñatas, and is also a playable character in Nick Arcade's Nicktoons HoverZone.

The characters Manny, Frida, and Grandpapi/Puma Loco make an appearance during a 2D animated scene in The Book of Life which is Jorge Gutierrez' first feature-length film. He Also appears in the video for "Dragon Soul" By Nathan Simpson (Theme From Reboot and "Dragon Ball Z Kai")


  1. 1 2 "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera", combined details, IMDB. Accessed on line February 20, 2008.
  2. "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  3. "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". International Animated Film Society ASIFA Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  4. Moody, Annemarie (June 16, 2008). "Daytime Emmys Honor Curious George, The Batman And More". Animation World Network. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  5. "Creative Arts Emmys – Winners List (part I)". Variety. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  6. "The 36th annual Daytime Emmy® Award nomination" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 14, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  7. "Creative Arts Emmys Winners" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  8. El Tigre Decision of Destiny!
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