Legend Quest
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Also known asLegend Quest: Masters of Myth (season 2)
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Comedy horror
Fantasy
Mystery
Science fiction
Action
Suspense
Animated sitcom
Slice of life
Created byJosé Alejandro García Muñoz
Based onCharacters
by Ricardo Arnaiz
Developed byJim Krieg
Jose C. Garcia de Letona
Written byJim Krieg[1]
Voices ofSpanish cast:
  • Benny Emmanuel
  • Mayté Cordeiro
  • Andrés Couturier
  • Ricardo O'Farrill

English cast:
  • Johnny Rose
  • Annemarie Blanco
  • Oscar Cheda
  • Paul Tei
  • Cydney J. Fam
ComposersLeoncio Lara
Martin Kujac
Country of originMexico
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26[1]
Production
Executive producersFernando de Fuentes
José C. García de Letona
Jim Krieg
Diego Avalos
Andy Yeatman
ProducersRob Hoegee
Carlos Ramos
Ian Freedman
Hugh Duffy
Alan Resnick
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesÁnima Estudios
Pipeline Studios
DistributorCAKE (non-Latin America)
Release
Original networkNetflix
YTV
Original releaseFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) –
October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)

Legend Quest (released in Latin America as Las Leyendas) is a Mexican animated fantasy comedy-horror streaming television series created for Netflix produced by Ánima Estudios. It is based on the characters created by Mexican animator Ricardo Arnaiz, and is part of the Leyendas animated franchise. This is the streaming network's first original animated series produced in Latin America.[1]

It premiered worldwide on Netflix on February 24, 2017.[1] The series was renewed for a second season which premiered on October 5, 2019, titled Legend Quest: Masters of Myth.[2]

In 2019, CAKE picked up the distribution rights for the series.[3]

Plot

When a gifted teen Leo San Juan, and the inhabitants of his Mexican village are attacked by a host of otherworldly creatures, Leo's ghostly friends Teodora, Don Andres and Alebrije join him in a quest to foil an evil overlord who plans to eradicate mankind from the annals of history. They are aided in their mission by a band of powerful allies—an assortment of legendary creatures from around the world.

Cast

English version

Spanish version

Episodes

Season 1 (2017)

The season consists of 13 episodes, all of which were released on February 24, 2017.[1]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byMonster(s)Original air date
11"The Prophecy"José Alejandro García Muñoz & José Manuel Balanzario PérezJames Krieg & Ernie AltbackerHorrorosoFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Leo's gift for seeing ghosts feels more like a curse. But when his loved ones start turning into zombies, he's the only one who can save them.
22"Jersey Devil"Marco Aurelio Ibarra RodríguezJonathan CallanJersey DevilFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
When a cannon shoots their ship out of the sky, the gang agrees to help an American inventor fight the fire-breathing monster attacking his town.
33"The Mart"Marvick Eduardo Núñez AguileraEric CarrascoMartFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Leo and friends head to Germany in search of the fabled Brotherhood. Instead, they find a Nicht Mart who delivers bad dreams.
44"Ghost of Medusa"Rajesh R. Bhavnani & Enrique Ocampo MuñozEric CarrascoMedusaFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Leo's compass directs the airship to a desolate Italian town where the locals can see ghosts — including one who turns spirits into stone.
55"Vodnik"Marco Aurelio Ibarra RodríguezErnie AltbackerVodnikFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
While investigating sightings of a strange monster that steals children's souls, Leo and the gang unearth a far more sinister threat.
66"Fenrir"Rajesh R. Bhavnani & Enrique Ocampo MuñozMark HoffmeierFenrirFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
The team braves a blizzard to find a portal to Queztocoatl's world. But striking a deal with a mythical wolf is the only way through it.
77"Tooth Fairy"Marvick Eduardo Núñez AguileraJonathan CallanBackusFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Stranded without a ship and still missing Alebrije, the gang tumbles into foggy London and uncover a plot that's robbing orphans of their teeth.
88"Kaiju"José Manuel Balanzario PérezJeremy AdamsKaijuFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Desperate to locate the Brotherhood, Leo steers the ship to a Japanese village — and normal rules no longer apply.
99"Nu Gui"Marco Aurelio Ibarra RodríguezJennifer MuroNu GuiFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
In a bid to strengthen their coven, Baba Yaga and the immortal Nu Gui summon Marcella to a cave in China that's crawling with terra-cotta soldiers.
1010"Mister Madera"Rajesh R. BhavnaniTim SheridanMister MaderaFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Soon after Leo brings a creepy-looking doll aboard the ship, members of the team start going missing ... and Leo starts talking to sugar skulls.
1111"The Chilan"José Manuel Balanzario PérezPatrick RiegerChilan and Baba YagaFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Marcella helps Alebrije remember where he lost the Esfera. Turns out, it's back in Mexico, where an undead priest is holding it hostage.
1212"Golem"Marvick Eduardo Núñez AguileraJonathan Callan and Eric CarrascoGolemFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
When Baba Yaga sends a Golem after one of their own, the gang slips through a portal to the future to save their friend — and the world.
Note: This episode is the first of a two-part story.
1313"The Serpent and the Egg"Marco Aurelio Ibarra Rodríguez & José Alejandro García MuñozJim Krieg and Ernie AltbackerQuetzalcoatlFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
With the future of the world at stake, Leo and the Brotherhood wage an epic war against Quetzalcoatl and his Legions of Evil.
Note: This episode is the second of a two-part story, and ends with a memorial to Martha Guadalupe Cuenca Moreno, the wife of show editor R. Edgardo Avalos Cuenca.

Season 2 (2019)

The season consists of 13 episodes, all of which were released on October 5, 2019.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byMonster(s)Original air date
141"Powrie"José Alejandro García MuñozErnie Altbacker and Mark HoffmeierRedcapOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
While Leo obsesses about the team's perfect monster hunting record, they’re haunted by a powrie, an evil dwarf from Scottish folklore.
152"Efrit"Fernando "El Hino" HinojosaErnie AltbackerEfritOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Things get hot when Leo and the team confront an ambitious Fire Genie, and Marcella -- his Brotherhood training rival -- has to come to the rescue.
163"Tepe Tree"Gustavo Cosío HerreraMark HoffmeierTepe TreeOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Leo and friends search for Godofredo, his Brotherhood mentor who’s gone missing. While lost in the Madagascar jungle, Teodora begins to have doubts.
174"Caipora"Hugo Fragoso BlendlTim SheridanCaiporaOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
In Brazil, the team hunts the Caipora, the protector of the jungle. But he tells them a story that shocks Leo and throws the team off course.
185"Tsukumogami"Sergio NeriKevin Burke and Chris "Doc" WyattTsukumogamiOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Leo and the team are confused by a promotion to Administration. Filing really isn’t their thing -- especially when they receive a very special box.
196"Wendigo"Fernando "El Hino" HinojosaMark HenryWendigoOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
The team travels to Canada, following clues that could lead them to Godofredo. Hearing that Leo and the team are dead, Marcella investigates.
207"El Coco"Gustavo Cosío HerreraJohnny HartmannEl CocoOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
It’s the world’s end -- at least if the traitor to the Brotherhood gets his way. Meanwhile, Leo meets Teodora in the flesh when the team time travels.
218"Gargouille"Hugo Fragoso BlendlMairghread ScottGargouilleOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
To get Godofredo’s journal back, Don Andrés takes on the Gargouille for the Trials of Sophistication. Teodora sneaks in to the first-ever fashion show.
229"Churel"Sergio NeriRebecca Kaminski & John Semper, Jr.ChurelOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Because the journal is written in high alebrije, the team must get Alebrije’s cousin to translate it. Unfortunately, he’s working for the other side.
2310"Anansi"Fernando "El Hino" HinojosaJoelle Sellner & Sam Sandak FreibergerAnansiOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
When the team heads to Africa in search of Marcela and her group, they’re all trapped by spidery Anansi, who weaves illusions to confuse them.
2411"Atlantes"Paola VelázquezPatrick RiegerAtlantesOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
Now that they’ve discovered the Brotherhood’s plans, Leo and the team head to the Pyramid-of the Sun to get the artifact they need to save the world.
2512"Rise of the Moon Goddess 1"Hugo Fragoso BlendlTim SheridanChupacabraOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
The team makes it back to the Brotherhood just in time to stop their dastardly plan -- but they’re shocked to find a traitor among them!
2613"Rise of the Moon Goddess 2"Christian Mauricio Andrés Pincheira Cabrera & Hugo Fragoso BlendlErnie Altbacker and Mark HoffmeierCoyolxāuhquiOctober 5, 2019 (2019-10-05)
The Moon Goddess is brought back to life. Now the only way for Leo and the team to defeat her… is to work with the monsters they’ve already defeated.

Development

The series was first announced when Variety reported that a new series based on the Leyendas franchise is being developed for Netflix.[4] "We approached Netflix and knew that the trilogy had been successful in Mexico and Latin America, but we dared to propose to do something much more global and they loved the idea," said executive producer Jose C. Garcia de Letona.[5][6] Negotiations between Netflix and Ánima Estudios have begun in October 2015.[5][6] Co-executive producer Fernando de Fuentes was happy with the partnership with the streaming network after the growth of the Mexican animation industry.[5][6] "We have already worked 15 years in the industry and we are happy to see our work on the Netflix platform, which has collaborated with large companies, and has included Ánima [which] makes us proud," said Fuentes.[5][6] Fuentes also said that the show is "an important leap" for the franchise and production company Ánima Estudios.[7]

Release

The series premiered on Netflix on February 24, 2017, worldwide in 190 countries and translated into 24 to 30 languages.[7][1] Producers Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C. Garcia de Letona thought the decision to release the show worldwide in multiple languages is necessary since the country of Mexico, where the show is produced and set, has been receiving more global attention.[5][6] "The world is talking about Mexico and we are lucky in that sense to be able to talk about our country and its relationship with other nations[,] even if it is through cartoons," said Fernando de Fuentes.[5][6]

Reception

Critical response

The show received a favorable review. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series a 4 star rating and said that "the enjoyable show's roots in Mexican folklore is an original concept and could inspire kids' interest in related topics."[8]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominees Result
2018 Quirino Awards[9] Quirino Award for the Best Ibero-American Animation Series José Alejandro García Muñoz Nominated

Hispanic impact

The show has been praised for its positive impact towards the Hispanic culture, which makes numerous nods to the history of Mexico and folklore, as well as the series' worthy educational values, teaching younger Hispanic viewers about the importance of their Mexican roots.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wolfe, Jennifer (20 February 2017). "Anima Estudios' 'Legend Quest' Debuts on Netflix This Friday!". Animation World Network. Animation World Network. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ "'Legend Quest' Season 2 Coming to Netflix in October 2019". What's on Netflix. September 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Market Mashup: Superights, CAKE, Zodiak".
  4. ^ Calvario, Liz (17 September 2015). "'Las Leyendas': Netflix's First Animated Series Produced in Latin America". Variety Latino. Variety Media, LCC / Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Valle Vargas, Montserrat (23 February 2017). "'LAS LEYENDAS': PRIMERA SERIE ANIMADA MEXICANA EN LLEGAR A NETFLIX". Expansión. Time, Inc. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f López, Andrea (24 February 2017). "Las leyendas: primera animación mexicana en llegar a Netflix". Tec Review. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b Huerta, Cesar (13 October 2016). ""Las leyendas" llegan a Netflix en 30 idiomas". El Universal. El Universal. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  8. ^ Ashby, Emily (24 February 2017). "Legend Quest TV Review". Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  9. ^ Amidi, Amid (18 January 2018). "54 Nominees Selected For Inaugural Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards". Cartoon Brew. Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  10. ^ Stoddard, Christine (10 February 2017). "Netflix's 'Legend Quest' is enjoyable for adults and reminds Latino kids that they matter". Mic Network. Mic Network. Retrieved 2 March 2017.