producers: Ealing Animation for the BBC animation: stop-motion animation
EL NOMBRE SERIES:
2000 / 13 x 5mins
2003 / 13 x 5mins
EL NOMBRE ON NUMBERTIME:
1994 / 5 x 3.5mins 1999
/ 5 x 4mins
1997 / 10 x 4mins 2000
/ 10 x 4.5mins
1998 / 10 x 2mins 2001
/ 10 x 4mins
5 x 4mins 2003
/ 13 x 2mins
10 x 4mins
"Hola!" and welcome to the
little Mexican border town of Santa Flamingo, the
bright and busy desert home of Little
Juan and his best friend Pedro Gonzales,
Juan's Mama, Maria Consuela Tequilla
Chiquita, Little Pepita Consuela Tequilla Chiquita,
Tanto the friendly tarantula spider, El Gelato the ice-cream seller,
Leonardo de Sombrero the pizza delivery boy,
Senior Calculo the Bank Manager,
and Senora Fedorra. Life
in this rustic town of ramshackle stores and haciendas
would be just idyllic without the continued
attentions of 'nasty' Don Fandango.
Who will rid them of this spiteful bully
who cheats at egg and spoon races and
steals birthday cakes and custard pies? -
The townsfolk can't help, but
Little Juan knows who to call...
El Nombre is a masked hero in black,
a legend, a star. When summoned he
swings in to frame to rout the bad guy,
free the spider, retrieve the escaped bird,
find the missing birthday cake, foil the
egg and spoon cheat, and - oh! - so much
more besides. He's part Errol Flynn, part
Zorro, all Mexican Gerbil and the
townsfolk simply adore him.
And you know what? - So does The Hound."El
Nombre" is a fantastic fun series
from Ealing Animation and former children's
tv presenter Christopher Lillicrap.
It's a hoot. It's beautifully designed and
animated, the voices are terrific, the title
tune instantly memorable. This gentle pastiche
of a thousand western movie
clichés is as complete and as thorough
as you could wish for.
El Nombre first appeared on our screens
in 1994, via a series of interstitial
animations produced for 'Numbertime', the
BBC schools program all about
numbers and mathematics. The first series
of short films looked at shapes.
Later series dealt with numbers and
money and calulation. El Nombre still
appears on the series today. Some of
the interstitials from 1998 were
incorporated into the BBC video of the first
series. "El Nombre to the Rescue"
includes "Learn Your Numbers With
Little Juan" in which we witness El Nombre
from above as he 'walks' a number in the
desert dust. The watching youngsters
call out "Again!" and El Nombre
repeats his heroic action. They're great fun.
The first proper "El Nombre"
series reached our screens in 2001, and now,
in 2004 a second season is being broadcast,
together with still more
interstitial shorts. Don't let yourself
be put off by the "schools" accent, though,
"El Nombre" is perfect
anytime viewing for Schoolkids and Big Kids alike.
Indeed, as if to prove a point, March
2004 saw the release of a fabulous
"El Nombre" record, called
"He's The One" (or is that "Juan"?). That's right,
our hombre even has a hit single - What
Nombre - What a hombre!
opening credits to the series include a fab tracking shot taking us
Santa Flamingo, from
the railway station into the heart of town. Look out for
poor Leonardo de Sombrero
as he loses control of his moped and
crashes into a barn!...
El Nombre is 'summoned' he swings into frame on his whip from
out of nowhere, rounds
up the business of the day, and swings away again
just as heroically
- just like a real hero should...
Nombre's very fond of corny rhyming couplets, but the townsfolk don't
mind, they're simply
in awe of their hero - cheesy limericks and all...
to those voices. That's Janet "Blue Peter" Ellis and Sophie
Aldred you can hear
on the soundtrack. Like Chris Lillicrap, Janet and
Sophie are two enduring,
popular presenters of children's TV shows...
listen to Tanto. When he moves he sounds like a balloon being
squeezed and rubbed - brilliant!
of Tanto, look out for Don Fandango disguised as the spider
in The Phantom
Tanto - ridiculous!
showdown in the The Great Custard Pie Fight is pure Leone.
Don Fandango, felled
by custard pies with just his right leg twitching...
Nombre on DVD El
2 / twenty-six eps / Maverick / October 2005
Where's That Spider? The
Free as a Bird The
Great Custard Pie Fight
Sports Day When
the Balloon Goes Up
the Fun of the Fair
The Great Train Robbery The
Ghost of Santa Flamingo
The Phantom Tanto
of the Day The
Missing Birthday Cake
Going for a Song Beside
Runaway Train The
The Tent Saved
by the Whale
at the Top
Up and Away
The Great Bank Robbery A
Very Important Visit
The Great Sand Race Winter
an Ealing Animation production
for BBC World-wide
Jilly Joseph, Richard Randolph exec prod:
Theresa Plummer-Andrews directors: Chris
Mendham, Geoff Walker writer:
Christopher Lillicrap orig designs:
Ealing Animation models: Fin
Leadbitter, Humphrey Leadbitter,
Maxwell props: Graeme
Owen, Fin Leadbitter,
Brown, Katy Maxwell sets: Graeme
Owen, Colin Armitage,
Brown, Humphrey Leadbitter animation: Humphrey
Leadbitter, Tim Allen,
Mendham, Dan Sharp editing & fx:
David Brylewski facilities: Oasis
Television theme tune
Lillicrap music & effects: Steve
Marshall sound: Adrian
Sear voices: Steve
Steen (El Nombre / El Gelato)
Robbins (Pedro / Don Fandango)
Aldred (Little Juan)
the official series "Juan", with info and fun, including
a Custard Pie Fight
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