“Club de Cuervos,” Netflix’s first original series in Spanish, revolves around Chava and Isabel Iglesias, two siblings fighting over control of their recently deceased father’s soccer team in Nuevo Toledo, a fictional small town outside Mexico City.
AND IT IS SO GOOD, YOU GUYS.
Plus, it really drives home the issues siblings have sometimes.
Even if they don’t always say it, siblings show they love you during tough times.
After their father dies from a fatal sauna incident (been there), Chava and Isabel bond on the fútbol field. All signs point to the two embarking upon an honest and happy co-ownership of los Cuervos. For now.
Sometimes, siblings can be so similar that they clash.
Chava is as fresa as they come, and he’s very anxious to take the reigns of Los Cuervos and really make the team his own. Isabel is ambitious yet calculated, and she wants to run the team the same way her father did.
Going into business with your siblings is… technically possible, but ill-advised.
But Chava has other plans up his sleeve, and kicks her out as co-owner. Dun dun dunnn…
Because they’ll always be family, it’s way too easy to take a sibling for granted.
In the beginning, Isabel tries her hardest to play the role of the supportive older sis, but Chava’s ego spins out of control.
Siblings are bonded by blood… and by embarrassing moments.
Acting like the king of Nuevo Toledo, Chava orders a spray tan service to his office, and Isabel walks in on him. An embarrassing situation at any age, tbh.
Siblings know how to hurt you the most.
Things never fail to get too real when family history becomes the topic of discussion. Isabel and Chava claw at each other when Chava brings up their father’s past love affairs.
And forgiveness never seems to be on the table with these two. Isabel retaliates by trying to fire Chava from Los Cuervos.
And he gets back at her by barricading her from the office.
In the end, a sibling rivalry is a sibling rivalry. No one wins or loses. It’s a life-long game.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t always an opportunity to make things better…
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.”
Check out Twitter today and you’ll find a flood of tearful emojis and trophy signs as middle children across the country celebrate a day that mostly all of us didn’t know about: NationalMiddleChildDay. Yep, it’s #NationalMiddleChildDay, a day most of us didn’t even know existed until we woke up and saw it trending on Twitter this morning. Overlooked siblings across the United States are getting all worked up over their day in the sun and chance to overshadow their older siblings and little bros.
The excited tweets are trending on Twitter and probably the most humble thing we’ve seen lately.
Because what a thing to be pumped about.
Of course, we get it, it’snot every day the world’s most forgotten about or underestimated sibling gets their own hashtag.
The excitement of National Middle Child Day is pretty OTT.
And a reminder that when it comes to middle siblings they’ve got a THIRST for attention. (Since they don’t usually get it.)
Literally, so many middle children posting their thanks for having a day just for them.
Because TBH we all know a younger sibling that makes it about them somehow.
Fortunately for our semi-deprived siblings, parents are here for the celebrations too.
Because sure, it might FEEL like you’ve been forgotten about most days, but the love for middle children is just as strong for the oldest and youngest of sibs.
But we gotta admit, the content machine on this hashtag is pretty on point.
There are literally so many sad-face photos today.
So many photos of middle children cast away to the LEFT.
Particularly ones that highlight the moment the middle child realized being a big sibling wasn’t quite what they had in mind.
And there were a lot of good jokes.
Because they might be the most overlooked but we all KNOW middle children are the funniest.
Like literally the gags they pull are full of self-humor.
Hilariously enough chick is still pulling for her moment in the spotlight and we are WITH her.
And this middle child with the actual merchandising jokes.
TBH we need that soap rn.
So here’s to you middle children of America!
Thanks for putting up with those of us who will never know what it’s like to be dethroned from the comfy seat of “youngest sibling” and for all the laughs that you provide!
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