El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is Nickelodeon's first ever flash animation series produced for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network. 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. It premiered on YTV on May 4, 2007. The entire series is available on iTunes as Season 1, and is also available on the "PlayStation Network" Store.
Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican city 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. His father, a superhero known as White Pantera, wants Manny to grow up to be good and fight evil, but Manny's Grandpapi, a supervillain known as Puma Loco, 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 based on Mexico City, where Jorge grew up.
Awards and nominations
|2007 Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production for Children||El Tigre||Won|
|2007 Annie Awards||Character Animation in a Television Production||Monica Kennedy – El Tigre –||Nominated|
|2007 Annie Awards||Character Design in an Animated Television Production||Jorge R. Gutierrez – El Tigre “Fistful of Collars”||Won|
|2007 Annie Awards||Music in an Animated Television Production||Shawn Patterson – El Tigre “Yellow Pantera”||Nominated|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award||Sandra Equihua, Character Designer for "El Tigre" for the episode "Enter the Cuervo"||Won|
|2008 Annie Awards||Writing in a Hard Wood Television Production or Short Form||Scott Kreamer – El Tigre “Mustache Love” – Nickelodeon||Nominated|
|2008 Annie Awards||Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form||Jorge Gutierrez – "El Tigre “The Good, The Bad and The Tigre”||Nominated|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award||Jorge Gutierrez, Character Designer for "El Tigre" for the episode El Tigre “The Good, The Bad and The Tigre”||Won|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award||Gerald de Jesus, Art Direction for "El Tigre" for the episode "No Boots, No Belt, No Brero"||Won|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award||Eddie Trigueros, Storyboard for "El Tigre" for the episode "The Thing that Ate Frida's Brain"||Won|
|2008 Emmy Awards||Directing in an Animated Program Emmy Award||Dave Thomas, Gabe Swarr & Andrea Romano for "El Tigre" for the episode “The Good, The Bad and The Tigre”||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. 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.
Video game appearances
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (video game)El Tigre has been licensed in two video games so far; El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (video game), and he is featured in the Nintendo DS version of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots
El Tigre has its own game at Nick Arcade: Festival De Las Piñatas and El Tigre is a playable character in Nick Arcade's Nicktoons HoverZone along with Spongebob, Patrick, Danny Phantom, Timmy Turner and Tak.