Maya and the Three

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Maya and the Three
Maya and the Three poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre
Created byJorge R. Gutiérrez
Written byJorge R. Gutiérrez
Directed byJorge R. Gutiérrez
Voices ofZoe Saldaña
Diego Luna
Allen Maldonado
Stephanie Beatriz
Gabriel Iglesias
Alfred Molina
Kate del Castillo
Theme music composerGustavo Santaolalla
ComposerTim Davies
Country of originMexico
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producerJorge R. Gutiérrez
ProducerTim Yoon
EditorMyra Lopez
Running time26-44 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)[1]

Maya and the Three (Spanish title: Maya y los tres) is a computer-animated fantasy streaming television miniseries created by Jorge R. Gutiérrez and produced by Tangent Animation. The nine-episode series premiered on Netflix on October 22, 2021.[4][5][1]

Premise[edit]

Set in a world based on pre-colonial Mesoamerica and other indigenous cultures, Maya, a warrior princess, is celebrating her fifteenth birthday, but when the underworld gods appear and announce she must pay for her family's misdeeds, everything changes.[citation needed] If she refuses to go along, the world itself will be ravaged by the gods, so she embarks on a quest to fulfill a prophecy that says that three warriors will appear who will help her defeat these gods and save humanity itself from destruction.[2]

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In November 2018, it was reported that Netflix is developing an animated television miniseries about a Mesoamerican warrior.[9][10] The series has Jorge Gutiérrez as the director, creator and executive producer, while Tim Yoon is a producer, Silvia Olivas and Jeff Ranjo are co-executive producers.[11] Gutiérrez, Olivas, Doug Langdale and Candie Kelty Langdale are writers, and Ranjo is the head of story for the series. The series was described by Gutiérrez, in October 2018, as equivalent to a Mexican version of The Lord of the Rings, "but hilarious."[12][13]

On September 15, 2021, Gutiérrez described an exclusive clip from the series, saying the scene was inspired by Street Fighter 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, Ninja Scroll and a "chola fight" he saw in Tijuana, Mexico.[1] He told Skwigly said that the series is "deeply inspired by the glorious Mesoamerican art" and Museo Nacional de Antropologia exhibits. He noted that the show's protagonist, Maya, is inspired by his mother, wife, and sister, and hinted that it would have similarities to his previous works, El Tigre and The Book of Life.[14]

The series closed the Guadalajara Film Festival, on October 9, 2021, with the airing of two of the show's episodes at a special event.[15]

The series was created using the open source Blender 3D animation software.[16]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Chapter 1: Quinceañera"Jorge R. GutiérrezJorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
On the day of Maya's coronation, an uninvited guest from the Underworld arrives with shocking news about her origins — then delivers a dire ultimatum.
2"Chapter 2: The Prophecy"Jorge R. GutiérrezJorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
A crushing loss sheds new light on an age-old prophecy, sending Maya on a far-flung quest to find three warriors who will help her save the world.
3"Chapter 3: The Rooster"Jorge R. GutiérrezSilvia Cardenas Olivas, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
On Luna Island, Maya looks for the Rooster Wizard but winds up with the seemingly ordinary Rico, who's said to be "The Greatest Wizard Who Ever Lived".
4"Chapter 4: The Skull"Jorge R. GutiérrezSilvia Cardenas Olivas, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
A search for the Jungle Lands' legendary Skull Archer leads Maya and Rico to a gifted warrior: the reclusive Chimi, known to locals as "Monstruo Blanco".
5"Chapter 5: The Puma"Jorge R. GutiérrezCandie Langdale, Doug Langdale, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
A burly Golden Mountain Barbarian named Picchu joins Maya's party as the third foretold warrior. Later that night, Zatz confronts Maya about her motives.
6"Chapter 6: Maya and the Three"Jorge R. GutiérrezCandie Langdale, Doug Langdale, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Lord Mictlan’s army attacks Teca, but Maya and her friends fight back. When the gods return, a second battle reveals strengths they didn't know they had.
7"Chapter 7: The Divine Gate"Jorge R. GutiérrezCandie Langdale, Doug Langdale, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Help springs from a surprising source when Maya and the Three come face-to-face with Lord Mictlan. In the end, a noble friend makes a selfless sacrifice.
8"Chapter 8: The Bat and the Owl"Jorge R. GutiérrezSilvia Cardenas Olivas, Jorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
After flying from danger, a devastated Maya sends her friends to warn their kingdoms that Lord Mictlan is coming. Lady Micte opens her heart.
9"Chapter 9: The Sun and the Moon"Jorge R. GutiérrezJorge R. GutiérrezOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
A fateful battle begins in Teca between Lord Mictlan and his army and Maya and her allies. But how will it all end? In epic fashion.

Release[edit]

The series was released on Netflix on October 22, 2021.[5][1] Netflix described it as an "animated event told in nine epic chapters."[8][2] Each episode in the limited series is 30 minutes long, comprising a total of 4 and half hours.[17][18]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 100% based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 8.60/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Jorge R. Gutiérrez's joyous fantasy Maya and the Three excels thanks to a blockbuster-caliber voice cast and striking animation, delivering an adventure that will enrapture adults and kids alike."[19]

Lovia Gyarkye, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, called every scene a "feast for the eyes" (...) adding that it " is an engaging and twisting adventure, rooted in the rich history of indigenous cultures and led by Maya, who is seeking answers about her past and trying to save her kingdom", concluding that "each episode offers opportunities to deepen our understanding of this fantastical world and to relish the visual depth of Gutiérrez’s adeptly constructed and absolutely stunning series."[20] Cristina Escobar of Remezcla described the show as "decidedly Mexican," noted that the series is "the brainchild of Mexican/Mexican Americans," and pointed out ways that the series "honors Mexican culture," especially on ideas about death, intense imagery, tying one's love to sacrifice, the language, and uplifting indigenous people.[21]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2022 49th Annie Awards Best Animated Television / Broadcast Production for Children Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") Won [22]
Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") — Alexander Feigin, Graham Wiebe, Pradeep Mynam, Micheal Sun, Sergen Eren Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") — Jorge R. Gutierrez Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") — Jorge R. Gutierrez Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") — Tim Davies, Gustavo Santaolalla Won
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Sun and the Moon") — Jorge R. Gutierrez, Paul Sullivan, Gerald de Jesus, Richard Chen Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production Maya and the Three (Episode: "The Skull") — Silvia Olivas, Jorge R. Guitterez Nominated
25th British Academy Children's Awards Outstanding International Series Maya and the Three Nominated [23]
1st Children's and Family Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Maya and the Three Nominated [24]
Outstanding Promotional Announcement Won
Outstanding Editing for an Animated Program Myra Lopez Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for an Animated Program Jack Cucci, Tavish Grade, Andres Locsey, David Barbee, Masanobu "Tomi" Tomita, John Cucci, Dan O'Connell, Scott Martin Gershin, Chris Richardson and Andrew Vernon Won
Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program Jeff Ranjo, Tim Yoon, Jorge Gutierrez, Candie Langdale, Doug Langdale and Silvia Olivas Won[25]
Individual Achievement in Animation Alex Konstad Won [26]

Follow-up miniseries[edit]

In May 2022, Netflix canceled its follow-up miniseries, Kung-Fu Death Punch.[27] Originally conceived as a stand-alone feature film at the 2017 Annecy Film Festival,[28] but transitioned to a 9-episode miniseries follow-up to Maya and the Three sometime after.[29] Showrunner Gutiérrez stated in a tweet on Twitter that "the project is not dead. Just not moving forward at Netflix Animation."[30]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ Gutierrez, Jorge [@mexopolis] (May 28, 2022). "It's not dead DEAD. Just not moving forward at Netflix Animation. This means I have to set it up a different studio to make it which of course is my plan. I adore this idea and it will get made. The Book of Life took 14 years to happen. I'm a patient hombre :)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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