El Chapulín Colorado

"Chapulin" redirects here. For the food, see Chapulines. For neologism, see Chapulling.
El Chapulín Colorado
Created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños (1929-2014)
Starring Roberto Gómez Bolaños
Carlos Villagrán (1972–1979)
Ramón Valdés (1972–1979)
Florinda Meza
Rubén Aguirre
Angelines Fernández
Edgar Vivar
María Antonieta de las Nieves
Horácio Gómez Bolaños
Raul "Chato" Padilla
Opening theme Freedom March (1973-1975)
Finale (1975–1979)
Country of origin Mexico
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 155
Running time 25 minutes (22 minutes for syndication)
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Original release 28 February 1973 – 19 September 1979
Followed by La Chicharra

El Chapulín Colorado (English: The Red Grasshopper or as Captain Hopper in the English version of El Chavo: Animated Series) is a Mexican television comedy series that ran from 1972 to 1981 and parodied superhero shows. It was created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito), who also played the main character. It was first aired by Canal de las Estrellas in 1970 in Mexico, and then was aired across Latin America and Spain until 1981, alongside El Chavo, which shared the same cast of actors. Both shows have endured in re-runs and have won back some of their popularity in several countries such as Colombia, where it has aired in competition with The Simpsons (which has a character based on him), or Peru. The name translates literally in English as "The Crimson Grasshopper" (the word chapulín is of Nahuatl origin, and a current part of Mexican Spanish). It is also known in Brazil as "Chapolin", "Vermelhinho" ("Little Red One") and "Polegar Vermelho" ("Red Thumb") in allusion to the famous fairy tale character Tom Thumb.

Although the series has a regular cast (the same cast as El Chavo del Ocho), all actors but Gómez Bolaños play different characters each episode, and it is therefore described as an anthology series.


The show embodied many aspects of Latin and Mexican culture while making a critique on the unrealistic image of superheroes. In each episode, people recognized Chapulín wherever he appeared (one episode took place on the planet Venus), believing him to be a great superhero. Recognition caused him to boast, only to stumble and fall right away, proving himself to be puny and timid, and disappointing his fans. Despite this, Chapulín tried his best to help, and all his adventures ended well (though sometimes by sheer good luck or outside help.)

Seemingly parodying Superman's "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive" introduction, Chapulín was introduced as follows in the show's opening, reinforcing the idea of a barely powered hero:

Más ágil que una tortuga, más fuerte que un ratón, más noble que una lechuga, su escudo es un corazón... ¡Es el Chapulín Colorado!
(More agile than a turtle, stronger than a mouse, nobler than a lettuce, his coat of arms is a heart... It's the Red Grasshopper!)

Equipment and weapons

Recurrent characters besides the protagonist

Good guys

Bad guys

The Mob

The Gunmen

The Pirates

Pioneer in visual effects

With Chapulín, Chespirito and along his production team made extensive use of the chroma key device and bluescreen to produce visual effects which made the adventures of this superhero more interesting. Though somewhat unrefined by modern standards, the show achieved surprising effects like floating in the air or flying, performing impossible acrobatics, fighting against Martians, strange creatures, witches and all kinds of monsters, and, most often, to get the physical reduction effect thanks to his famous "pastillas de chiquitolina", which Chapulín frequently used to pass under doors, reach dangerous areas without attracting attention, or solve problems.

This innovation, which was already known in Mexican television but not widely used, gave Chapulín the distinction of being virtually the only adventure-comedy broadcast in Mexico.


Mexico supporters at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Chespirito's characters are widely known in Latin America and as a result, fans frequently dress as them to show affiliation with Mexico's national football team.

Chapulín has enjoyed popularity all over Latin America, the United States, Spain and other countries, albeit somewhat less than its sister production of El Chavo. Like El Chavo del Ocho, it is still shown in reruns in various countries. The cast of Chapulín was the same as that of El Chavo, although only actors Florinda Meza, Carlos Villagrán and Ramón Valdés were usually in every episode; however, the characters usually were different. Some of the regular (albeit infrequent) characters who appeared, usually Chapulín foes, were El Tripaseca (Valdés) and El Cuajinais (Villagrán), a pair of Mafiosi who liked to make heists, as well as concurrent superhero Super Sam (played by Valdés too; see below). One-off villains, mostly those played by Valdés, like Wild West outlaw El Rascabuche, are also fondly remembered by fans.

Shorter Chapulín adventures were preceded by a skit, usually featuring Chespirito's other characters, like Dr. Chapatín, a tactless, impatient old physician, or El Chómpiras, an incompetent thief in the skit called Los Caquitos, along with El Peterete, played by Ramón Valdés. Chompiras and his new partner in crime, El Botija, played by Edgar Vivar, came to dominate the later years of Chespirito, an hour-long showcase featuring all the characters of the show.

The physical diversity of Chespirito actors permitted the richness of characters in the adventures, each week a new one. Chapulín was a hero of undetermined geographic and temporal location: his adventures could unfold in the American Old West, in ancient China, in London, in the Swiss Alps, during the Spanish Inquisition, in pirate ships, in Nazi Germany (an episode in which Chespirito played a double role as Chapulín and as Adolf Hitler himself, in the style of Charles Chaplin's The Great Dictator) or outer space, and his enemies range from the Yeti to Egyptian mummies, including his interaction, in some occasions, with literary characters such as Romeo and Juliet ("Juleo y Rumieta", or literally "Juleo and Rumiet").

El Chapulín Colorado is also popular in Brazil. The company, Tec Toy, responsible for distributing the Sega consoles in Brazil, published a video game for the Sega Master System called Chapolim x Drácula: Um duelo assustador (Chapulín vs. Dracula: A Frightening Duel). It was a localization of another existing SMS title, Ghost House, with the hero's graphics changed to Chapulín's.

Animated series

On April 28, 2014, it has been reported that an animated series based on the character is in production.[1] Produced by Ánima Estudios, named the animated series as "El Chapulín Colorado" so Jesus Guzman is back to make voice after made a voice for El Chavo from "El Chavo Animado" he will do for the other main protragonist of the new cartoon series, the style of the animation is different but same with flash and 3D for stages (taking animation style from the Mexican movie "El Agente 00-P2" made by Anima Estudios too) and then in March is premiered two teasers, so the animated series was released in April 13, 2015 as an Online and for Free TV will be for 27 or 30, 2015, probably as for "The Kids Day" (El dia del Niño) contains 26 episodes in one season, it will realise for Latin America and Brazil later.[1]


  1. 1 2 Díaz Moreno, Eva (28 April 2014). "Preparan serie de televisión sobre El Chapulín Colorado (in Spanish)". Excelsior. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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