Gabriel Iglesias to Produce and Star in I, Chihuahua at Netflix

famous comedian Gabriel Iglesias is reuniting with director and animator Jorge Gutierrez in an upcoming project for Netflixtitled I, Chihuahua. According to reports from Deadline, the animated film is the Gutiérrez’s first feature film for the streamer. Iglesias is set to produce alongside starring in the film.

I, Chihuahua follows the story of Chacho, a masked Luchador Chihuahua. After discovering a threat to his family and his home, Chacho dons the mask to take on the challenge of a lifetime; facing various international animal Fighters as they compete in all-out fighting tournament. But these challengers are no match for Chacho’s biggest opponent, a terrifying creature called Chamuco, or The Widow Maker. A true underdog, Chacho has quite the journey ahead of him if he wants to fight for his family.


“I cannot wait for everyone to see this wonderful film that celebrates underdogs in and out of the ring!” Said Iglesias in a statement. “It has action, drama, laughs and twists & turns, like any great Lucha storyline movie should have.” The comedian and actor has worked with Gutiérrez on a number of projects such as The Book of Life and Maya and the Three, an animated fantasy series Gutiérrez recently developed for Netflix. The series won two Annie Awards for Best Animated Television for Children and Outstanding Achievement for Music. The script for I, Chihuahua is written by Gutierrez alongside Doug Landale and Candie Kelty Langdale.

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“To finally tag team a movie with my good friend and creative partner Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is a dream come true! Our internationally epic and heartfelt film will be a hilarious love letter to Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) movies, fighting video games and underdog sports films. I don’t want to overpromise, but THIS WILL BE THE GREATEST MASKED CHIHUAHUA FILM EVER MADE! What a time to be alive!”

Iglesias reigns as one of America’s most popular stand-up comedians, garnering over 25 million followers across social media, regularly selling out shows across the world, and becoming the first comedian to sell out the historic Dodgers Stadium with two shows scheduled for May 6- 7, 2022. He has slowed his voice to a number of films including Coconut, Ferdinand, UglyDollsand recently Space Jam: A New Legacy. He also briefly led his own sitcom Mr Iglesias, which ran for two seasons on Netflix. Gutiérrez has also been in the industry since 1998, working on numerous children’s animated shows and features. His most notable work by him includes Nickelodeon’s El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera which earned Gutiérrez an Emmy for Best TV Character Design, and Cartoon Network’s surreal comedy Mad. As pre-production gets underway, the scrappy underdog story is sure to be a hit with Gutiérrez and Iglesias unique animation and comedy styles.

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