Series: El Chapulín Colorado
Oh, ¿y ahora quien podrá defendernos?
("Oh, and now... who could defend us?")
Más ágil que una tortuga.
Más fuerte que un ratón.
Más noble que una lechuga.
Su escudo es un corazón.
("More agile than a turtle. / Stronger than a mouse / Nobler than a lettuce / His emblem is a heart.")
Legendary Mexican Sitcom
(and staple of popular culture) from the creator of El Chavo del ocho
(and most of same the cast) about the adventures of a Comedic Hero
, whose name vaguely translates as The Red Cricket (The Crimson Grasshopper is more accurate, but sounds too serious given the context of the show), rescuing people who say his Phrase Catcher
. Not that he is really that useful, or even helpful. But El Chapulín Colorado is well meaning and at least tries to help, so it's okay.
Unlike El Chavo
, the adventures of El Chapulín
happened in a wider range of places and even times. While most of his adventures were urban, there were a lot of episodes set in The Wild West
, or against The Mafia
, and even parodying monster movies. Or even against the third reich
. The cast remained the same, but with the exception of Chapulín they changed roles every chapter (although in the more "themed" episodes some actors have recurring roles)
While not as popular as El Chavo
, El Chapulín remains loved and well remembered. Despite its relatively cheap production values, it has very interesting ideas for a comedic show. It even pioneered the use of Chroma Key
in Latin America.
Bumblebee Man, a recurring figure on The Simpsons
, is essentially a Captain Ersatz
of this character. He was created because whenever the writers flipped through the channels, El Chapulin Colorado was always on (similar to how Bumblebee Man is always on television, at least when Krusty
, Itchy and Scratchy, or Kent Brockman aren't).
El Chapulín Colorado provides examples of: