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Las Leyendas is a series of horror/comedy animated films where the first film was produced by Cinemex and the sequels are produced by Anima Estudios.

The first film is set in 1807, in the city of Puebla de los Ángeles, New Spain. Leo San Juan, a 9 year old insecure kid, has always been scared by the stories that his older brother Nando tells him. Among these stories is "The Legend of the Nahuala"; according to which the old abandoned house located on Street of Nahuala number 7 is possessed by an evil spirit, Nahual, that took over the spirit of the house's cook. Now, the Nahuala is waiting for the soul of an innocent kid to revive and gain full power.

This legend turns into reality when the spirit of the Nahuala takes over Nando in the presence of Leo and makes him beat all his fears to rescue his brother.


Not everything is what it seems inside the bewitched house, and hidden inside are terrible secrets which are not only of great danger for Leo and Nando, but also for the peace and tranquility of the city of Puebla.

A reboot, Legend Quest, has since graced Netflix.

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    La Leyenda de la Nahuala 

    La Leyenda de la Llorona 

  • Anti-Villain: La Llorona's actions where caused by grief
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: The art style is smoother with a more pastel feel in stark contrast to the crude animation of the first film.
  • Break the Beauty: In life, La Llorona was once a caring mother whose gorgeous face was matched only by the love she had for her children. After her home burned down and her children subsequently lost their lives, she was so broken by the loss that she literally wasted away out of grief.
  • Demonic Possession: Pecas was the master behind the old guy in the island of dolls
  • Freudian Excuse: It is understable why La Llorona became an evil spirit first she lost her house, then her children and finally her life
  • Living Structure Monster: Pecas when he takes control of the hut
  • Marionette Master: The guy in the island of dolls It was Pecas the puppet
  • My God, What Have I Done?: La Llorona when she saw that she hurt two children has a flashback to her own children
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: La Llorona has shades of this
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Alebrije is part dragon and can spit fire
  • Put on a Bus: Nando, Xóchitl and Leo's grandma.


    La Leyenda de las Momias de Guanajuato 

    La Leyenda del Chupacabras 

    La Leyenda del Charro Negro 

  • Ascended Extra: After making minor appearances in the previous two films, El Charro Negro finally takes center-stage as the main villain.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is possibly the darkest film in the series.
  • Knight of Cerebus: El Charro Negro, definitely.
  • The Bus Came Back: Don Andrés and Xóchitl both return in this movie.

    Las Leyendas: El Origen 

  • Origins Episode: This film is set to tell the origin of the Calavera duo, Finado and Moribunda.


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