Creative Inspirations: Mexopolis, Animation Studio
Mexopolis is the husband and wife team whose animated television series El Tigre has defied all the rules and won eight Emmys. Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua personify the successful integration of personal creative vision and commercial success. Born and raised in Mexico, this dynamic couple has managed to blend their passion for over-the-top Mexican popular culture with digital animation techniques to create characters and stories that dazzle the eye and strike universal truths in the heart. This installment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers into the personal worlds and methods of this inspiring young couple.
In Bonus Features, we follow Jorge to an emotional reunion with his childhood idol, legendary Mad Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones.
(Music playing.) Sandra Equihua: Nickelodeon had never really had show so Latino filled. I mean, it was almost like having salsa pushed into your face. It was so Latino, it really was. Jorge Gutierrez: And so we start with these little nuggets of things that happened to us and then we elaborate and embellish and then add the superhero of stuff at the end. (Male voice: El Tigre!) (Rwar! Tiger snarling.) Sandra Equihua: So we both had our own worlds, and we were both growing creatively and we had so much to share every time we would come down and see each other.
Jorge Gutierrez: In all her assignments, she would concentrate on making illustrations for them. You look at her work and it's clear that she has animation in her blood. Sandra Equihua: So one thing about Flash is that it's very much like clay, I like to say. Jorge Gutierrez: But I think it is those different points of view or different perspectives of how to approach artwork that gives us all that variety. Sandra Equihua: The entire story behind the paintings was the joy and the whimsy and the happiness that a new life brings. Jorge Gutierrez: We call it the flair.
It's like a style and it feels unique and has a point of view and it feels different. These paintings, this is who you are, this is your voice as an artist, this is where you're from. If you can make this move, then you'll be making something that I've never seen before.
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