Maya & Miguel is an American animated children's television series created by Deborah Forte, and produced by Scholastic Studios with animation by Starburst Animation Studios and by Yeson Entertainment. The show also ran on Univision's Saturday morning Planeta U block.
Five seasons of the show have been greenlit containing 13 episodes each. The series premiered on October 11, 2004, and concluded on October 10, 2007.
Centering around the lives of pre-teen Hispanic twins named Maya and Miguel Santos and their friends, the program is aimed at promoting multiculturalism and education in general. It is geared to the 4-8 age range. Part of the dialogue in each episode in the English version is in Spanish but only individual words or phrases which are explained in English.
The show presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. The show chronicles the adventures of two 10-year-old Latino siblings, Maya and Miguel Santos, as they figure out how to leave their stamp on the world around them, and features their relatives and diverse neighborhood friends. This show centers on Maya's well-intentioned meddling in her family and friends' lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. Their mother is from Mexico, and their father is from Puerto Rico. The underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. The show presents a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures. In some markets, each episode ends with Maya announcing, "Here's what some of our friends are up to," introducing live-action clips of children engaging and interacting in ways consistent with the show's themes. Maya concludes episodes by exhorting viewers to "visit your local library like 'Maya & Miguel'".
|Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|1||13||October 11, 2004||November 11, 2004|
|2||13||November 12, 2004||May 6, 2005|
|3||13||May 5, 2005||September 25, 2005|
|4||13||January 20, 2006||October 2, 2006|
|5||13||February 14, 2007||October 10, 2007|
The show centers on 11 main characters. Other characters are included, such as the family, but the show mainly revolves around these characters:
- Maya Santos (voiced by Candi Milo) — Maya is a sweet, gentle, and energetic girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. She always manages to include her twin brother and friends into her crazy adventures. Whenever Maya comes up with an idea, she always says "¡Éso es!" (That's it!) and her hair bobbles light up while her ponytail spins around; as shown in "The Bet" they will continue to glow until she says "¡Éso es!". She can sometimes be very stubborn, ignorant, and naive, and tends to get involved in other people's business. Although her ideas often don't go the way she plans them, they always accomplish their original objective in the end. Maya's heart is always in the right place.
- Miguel Santos (voiced by Nika Futterman) — Maya's twin brother. Miguel is slightly more practical and sensible than his sister, and enjoys playing soccer and video games. Every time Maya gets an idea, he gets a bad feeling about it. He knows Maya means well, but he thinks she gets more involved in other people's problems than need be. He keeps track of Maya's ideas that have gone wrong, which annoys Maya. However, he would sometimes admit that an idea of hers is the best idea yet. He has a crush on a girl named Kylie, who apparently feels the same way.
- Theodore "Theo" McEwen (voiced by Jerod Mixon): Miguel's best friend and soccer buddy. He is African-American. Theo loves sports as much as Miguel does. Theo often gets straight A's in his classes, arguably making him the most intelligent of the kids. Theo is often the voice of reason among his friends.
- Margaret "Maggie" Lee (voiced by Lucy Liu) — Maya's Chinese-American friend. She is very dramatic, fashionable, and talented. She rarely disagrees with Maya's ideas.
- Christine "Chrissy" Lum (voiced by Beth Payne) — Maya's Dominican-American friend, and describes herself as Afro-Dominican. She is very sensitive and level-headed, though sometimes she can also be gullible. Chrissy tends to point out the flaws in Maya's plans, similar to Miguel. She also loves animals.
- Andrew "Andy" Arlington (voiced by Jeannie Elias): Another friend of Miguel's. He is an English-American boy who was born with only one arm. Often seen in the background with Miguel and Theo, he likes to play soccer, basketball, and baseball. Andy moved to Maya and Miguel's neighborhood from Wisconsin.
- Alberto "Tito" Chávez (voiced by Candi Milo) — Maya and Miguel's cousin who moved to the US from Mexico with his parents. He lives in the same apartment complex. He admires his cousin Miguel; in the episode "I've Got to Be 'Mi-Guel'" he is shown pretending to act as if he is Miguel (which makes Miguel rather pleased, but eventually annoyed at one point). He loves to play soccer like the twins.
- Abuela Elena (voiced by Lupe Ontiveros): Maya and Miguel's Mexican grandmother, Rosa's mother.
- Paco (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) — An anthropomorphic bilingual macaw who is the twins' pet, originally owned by their abuela. Most commonly heard saying "Pretty Bird" and "What about Paco, what about Paco?". He often gets loose, causing much trouble and confusion. Paco also often reacts to figures of speech (mostly ones about birds), thinking they are real.
- Rosa Santos (voiced by Elizabeth Peña) — Santiago's wife and Maya and Miguel's mother who was originally from Mexico.
- Santiago Santos (voiced by Carlos Ponce) — Rosa's husband and Maya and Miguel's father who was originally from Puerto Rico.
In the United States, the series originally first premiered October 11, 2004, on PBS Kids Go!, and ran until 2007, with reruns on select stations until 2013
In Latin America, the series debuted in October 2008 and initially aired on Boomerang. In Brazil, it aired on Discovery Kids. In the United Kingdom, it aired on CBBC. In France, the show aired on Toon Disney, France 5 and Gulli. In Turkey, the show aired on TV8 (Turkey). In Israel, it aired on Arutz HaYeladim.
|Name||Season(s)||Release dates||No. of episodes||Included episodes||Time Length|
|Funny Fix-Ups||1||September 13, 2005||4||"The Matchmaker", "Teacher's Pet", "When Maya Met Andy", and "Mala Suerte"||88 minutes|
|Twice the Fun||"The Letter", "The Autograph", "Rhymes with "Gato"", and "La Nueva Cocinita"|
|Cinco De Maya||April 18, 2006||5||"La Calavera", "Tito's Mexican Vacation", "Surprise, Surprise", "I've Got to be Mi-guel", and "The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man"||110 minutes|
There have been three Maya & Miguel DVD and VHS releases released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In addition, the entire series is available on digital purchase.
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