The Latin American comic strip, Condorito (Little Condor), may be flying north in the form of an animated TV series, according to Daily Variety. The popular funny pages feature, which has graced Spanish-language rags since its debut in Chile 55 years ago, will stay true to its Latino roots as its adapted for English-speaking audiences in the U.S.
Condorito was created by René Ríos “Pepo" Boettiger in 1949. The comics follow the exploits of a friendly condor who is joined in his wacky adventures by his nephew, Condy, his curvy human girlfriend, Yayita, and his loyal dog, Byte.
The property is owned by World Editors, a company managed by Latin American and U.S. Hispanic media vet David Taggart and Brad Bushell, a licensing and syndication consultant for Paws Inc., home of Garfield.
The development team behind the Condorito series includes Sergio Guerrero, co-writer/producer of the feature, A Day Without a Mexican; Rick Najera, creator of the long-running, touring stage production, Latinologues; and comic actor/writer Eugenio Derbez, whose credits include Hospital el Paisa and Shrek 2.
Visual elements for the series are being developed by Cineanimadores, the Chile-based producer of the animated feature, Ogu & Manpatu, and other Latin American Disney projects.