The Internet has found the next Aubrey Plaza in the making and she’s just three years old. When Laura E. Brown shared her daughter’s birthday theme request on Facebook a few days ago, she didn’t expect it to be shared more than 51,000 times.
She probably also didn’t expect that her daughter, Lucía, would request a “The Nun” piñata for her birthday and to dress up like a demonic one as well.
The photos speak for themselves.
In the Facebook post, Brown writes, “Como cuando tu hija cumple 3 años, y su personaje favorito es la monja. 🤦♀️🤭 Todo sea por verla feliz!!! 😍”
“Anything to see her happy!”
Happiness? We’re not seeing that, but we are seeing a certain kinship between her and the creepy piñata.
People are worried…
To which la mama replied, “Ya nos exhibiste!” Minerva followed up with a “Me encantó.”
Friends of the family already know where Lucía gets her love for horror from.
Like mother like daughter, so they say. So how does little Lucía even know about the R-rated horror film?
Apparently, Lucía asked her abuela to put it on and didn’t get scared once.
She’s been a mega fan ever since that fateful day at abuela’s. This is why we’re fearless.
Lucía’s mom was sure to share some happier times from the horror themed party.
She might have an affinity for horror already, but it gives her life. Que cute.
Apparently, last year she was a princesa!
We see a bright future in acting ahead for her. Talk about a character change.
Lucía also requested a black and white birthday cake.
This girl is only three years old and she’s already got her Instagram aesthetic down. This is authenticity at its best.
Some of the tías are saying that Lucía already is an influencer.
The Kim K. gifs were aplenty in the comments section. Regardless, it’s clear that Lucía has a personality that won’t be squashed by societal expectations.
She even requested that the piñata be made taller than her, just like in the movie.
And friends at the party had their faces painted like a demonic nun. Cool kids party.
Streaming services like Netflix have become our go-to place for fresh media. So, whenever we hear of a new project coming from the streaming service, we’re all in. Last November, Netflix announced a huge 6 project animated deal that will bring even more cartoon goodness to our screens. One, in particular, has us especially excited because it comes from animator and director Jorge Gutierrez. You might remember him from Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” and the gorgeously animated “The Book of Life.”
Now, we’re seeing the first looks of Gutierrez’s new Netflix project, “Maya and the Three.”
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Described as a Mesoamerican fantasy epic, the director sat down with VARIETY to share the origins of the project and the journey to get it made. Gutierrez was approached by Netflix with an alluring challenge: share his dream project with executives; the one he didn’t believe anyone would ever allow him to make. It only took him one pitch to win the streaming giant over and “Maya” was greenlit for production.
“So I sat down on Jan. 25th of  and that was the first time I ever pitched ‘Maya,’” he shared with VARIETY. “No art, no writing, just an idea. And here I am 11 months later, knee-deep in production.”
It was Gutierrez’s goal to portray a “bad-ass female Mesoamerican hero” in a fantasy world of his own creation.
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“I started seeing a lot of things I didn’t like as far as not having any lead females, especially in Mesoamerican mythology,” he explained. “So I said I want to have a hero who is a half-god half-human warrior princess.”
In the Netflix series, a demigod warrior princess named Maya embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters. With their help, she hopes to save the worlds of god and man from destruction. The intention was to show Maya as a strong female lead and, to do so, Gutierrez pulled from his real-life heroes. The director credits his sister, mother and his wife, Sandra Equihua for inspiring the mythical heroine. Equihua is also a talented animator and acts as a character designer for the female characters in her husband’s work.
With his female lead in place, Gutierrez focused on the mystical world that “Maya” would be set in.
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The setting for the Netflix limited series has been growing in Gutierrez’s mind since he was a boy growing up in Mexico City. He would wander the halls of the Museum of Natural History and makeup stories about what he saw. These stories would later help to mold the setting. Even now, the director has fun teasing his Twitter followers with hints about what the new series could look like. However, it’s the architecture from his boyhood explorations, Gutierrez’s fondness for skulls and the pantheon of Mesoamerican gods that have helped to create Maya’s world.
Due to the mystical quest and the fantasy setting of “Maya and the Three,” Gutierrez has taken to calling the series the Mexican “Lord of the Rings.” Still, it’s a fantasy first and foremost. The director wants everyone to understand that “Maya” is inspired by Mesoamerican culture but is not meant to be an accurate representation.
“I tell everybody that while it’s inspired by Mesoamerica, this will be as accurate (to that world) as ‘Rocky’ was to boxing,” Gutierrez shared with VARIETY. “It’s all fantasy and I’m having a blast playing with the history.”
The series will feature a number of talented Latinx writers, producers and voice actors to bring Maya to life.
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Silvia Olivas from “Elena of Avalor” is acting as a co-writer and co-producer for “Maya and the Three.” From Disney’s “Moana,” Jeff Ranjo is the head of story. Paul Sullivan, who worked with Gutierrez on “The Book of Life,” is the production designer.
Despite these important hires, animators were in short supply so the producer had to get creative.
“Especially in L.A., we are all fighting for basically the same people, so now we’re looking outside. Before we announced Maya, I would go online and look for artists who were already inspired by Mesoamerica and say to them ‘You already love this stuff, we love it too! Come to our team.’”
Gutierrez used Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr to find animators that could do justice to the project. This modern-day recruiting system allowed Gutierrez and his team to find fresh artists with untapped talent to animate “Maya.” The results promise to be unique and beautiful.
The series is still a long ways away; it won’t debut on Netflix until its 2021 worldwide release. While it’s a long wait, the director promises fans that it is well worth it.
“Please have patience,” he told fans through his VARIETY interview. “This is gonna take a while, but we hope it’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen. We are so giddy every day and still can’t believe this is happening.”
When Julián Kalev from La Paz, Mexico was turning 3 years old his family knew exactly what to get him: a Dr. Simi-themed birthday party. You only get a single third birthday in life and little Julián was living his best life dressed as a Dr. Simito, the mascot of the popular Mexican pharmacy chain Farmacias Similares.
The tiny toddler wore a white inflatable suit with a black tie and a blue cape. Then he got down with his bad self to some dance music — this is exactly how I imagine most 3-year-olds get turned up.
Julián has a ton of stans now.
When Julián’s father, Julio César Mendoza Carachure, shared the video on Facebook the clip went viral. The video received over 7.5 million views (your faves could never) and over 45,000 shares. Let’s be real, this video is cute as hell. There is nothing more adorable than the cherubic cheeks of a tiny tot, but the inflatable suit is what sent me over the edge. The cuteness levels have my fingers sweating all over the mouse — I can’t hit share quick enough. The people need to see Dr. Simito.
Carachure gave his son a few options for the theme including Mickey Mouse, Spider-man, and the Minions, but Julián was like, no, I have to do this for the culture (I mean, that’s what I imagine this three-year-old said).
This is about legacy, baby!
If you find yourself outside of a Farmacias Similares in Mexico, you might notice a Dr. Simi mascot dancing to reggaetón. It is not uncommon for children (and adults, let’s be real) to stop and dance with the cultural icon. If you search “Dr. Simi” on YouTube you’ll find tons of videos of people hanging with the mascot. He is a man of the people and with a slogan like, “The same only cheaper,” it’s no freaking wonder. Yes, I want a discounted Bugatti. Oh, you only sell medicine here? Well, you should have started with that.
Dr. Simi is a larger-than-life pharmacist with a massive grey mustache and caterpillar eyebrows. The first Farmacias Similares was founded in 1997 by Don Víctor González Torres to provide low-cost medications to Mexican consumers. There are now over 6,000 locations across Mexico and Chile.
Yes, Dr. Simi did the Harlem Shake.
Picture it: Dr. Simi dressed as an orchestra conductor. Dr. Simi in a diaper. Dr. Simi as a pirate. Dr. Simi as a firefighter. Then you hear it, “Con los terroristas!” No, you’re not in hell, it’s 2013 and the “Harlem Shake” is the best thing that ever happened to you and your family. Obama is President and there’s a hot new singer who sounds eerily like Mariah Carey named Ariana Grande. Is she Latinx, you wonder, she sure looks like it… Only time will tell.
We must protect Julián at all costs.
There aren’t a lot of kids in this social media-obsessed world that would cop to stanning a pharmacy mascot. All kids want these days is Kylie Jenner lip kits, homemade slime, and a Green New Deal, according to the internet memes I see on Tumblr. Shout out to Julián for living his truth. Although I proudly went through a hardcore Tweety Bird and Looney Tunes phase in elementary school, I was never rewarded with a dope, viral theme party.
Secondly, shout out to his mother, Viridiana Sicairos, who made him this costume for his birthday. The only thing my mom ever made me was a purse out of an old pair of jeans that was exactly as uncool as you imagine. This family was stoked to make little Julián happy for his big 3 and I can’t think of anything sweeter than that. May every one of Julián’s birthdays be as insanely specific and fun as this one. We could all use some joy this pure.
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