I didn’t grow up with El Tigre (the Powers That Be claim it to be one of the better examples of lucha libre cartoons) but there I was, in middle school, saddled with ¡Mucha Lucha!
I guess it could be worse, ¿verdad?
It’s not like I didn’t enjoy ¡Mucha Lucha! On the contrary, it had its pluses and there were definite laughs to be had. Ojala it gets a remastering and a proper DVD box set on Amazon. But here’s the thing, pues, the show was downright loco. A bit too loco for my taste.
The show revolved around three kids, Ricochet, the Flea, and Buena Girl, attending a prestigious Lucha Libre School, the heart and soul of their world’s raison d’etre. Perdon, my French is acting up.
Think Harry Potter. Replace magic with masked wrestling. Eso es ¡Mucha Lucha! in a nutshell, jefe.
Why too loco? Let me see…
- People never ever take off their lucha libre masks, not even at night.
- Ricochet’s talkative Jiminy Cricket is an action figure that only he can hear.
- The Flea’s signature move in the ring is apparently too disgusting to be shown on screen.
Major props to this show for teaching me some very outlandish castellano cusses, though.
¡Zapatos de ratas!