Grindstone Picks Up “El Americano” – Animation Scoop

Grindstone Picks Up “El Americano”

Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American rights to the Mexican animated feature El Americano, the Movie 3D. Written by Richard Pursel (SpongeBob Squarpants, Ren & Stimpy) and veteran animator Phil Roman (Garfield), the film is voiced by Lisa Kudrow, Cheech Marin, Rico Rodriguez (Manny on Modern Family) and Edward James Olmos (who also executive-produced the film). Directed by Mexico’s Ricardo Arnaiz, along with Mike Kunkle and Raul Garcia, El Americano will be distributed by Lionsgate on DVD/blu-ray – and will be available for digital download via Netflix.

The story follows Cuco, a young Mexican parrot, who embarks on an epic quest to persuade an American crime-fighting TV celeb to defend his family from bullies. It’s the fourth feature and first CG movie from Mexico’s Animex Studios.

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
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