“Mexican cinema is going through a good time,” stated Ricardo Arnaiz, the winner of the 2007 Ariel Award for the production of the popular animated horror comedy film “La Leyenda de la Nahuala” or “The legend of the Nahuala”. Ricardo is one of the greatest creators of animated film in Mexico, a creator of film and television series, specialized in cartoons. He is the founder of the digital animation company “ANIMEX PRODUCTIONS” established in Puebla. It was under this company the animated films “La leyenda de la Nahuala” in 2007, “Nikte” in 2009, “La Revolucion de Juan Escopeta” in 2011, “Seleccion Canina” in 2015 and “El Americano: The Movie” in 2016, were created. His work has spread to Animex Baja California in Tijuana and Animex US in Los Angeles.
The creator, writer, director and producer of animated films and Television series was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1974. He studied Design at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla where he received the degree on Graphic design with Academic Excellency Certification (1992-1997). Shortly after graduating from the Universidad Iberoamericana, in 2000 he founded ANIMEX and NAHUALA Producciones. Since then they have created an identity for themselves with the use of HP and Toon Boom technologies. Ricardo’s first commercial creation for TV was “Roncho” (2002) which was broadcast on the Locomotion Channel and sold to more than 10 countries. “The legend of the Nahuala” (2007) was his first animated feature film for which he won the Ariel Award that year.
Ricardo in his film “El Americano, the movie” which was a co-production between Mexico and the United States, recorded in studios in Puebla and Tijuana, collaborated with great Hollywood personalities such as Rico Rodríguez from the series “Modern Family” as the main character, “el Perico Cuco”, Lisa Kudrow, widely known for her participation in the series “Friends” as ‘Phoebe Buffay’, as well as Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Alex Sintek in the musical part. The film which brought together talent from Disney, Fox and Nickelodeon with Mexican Artists was co-produced by the Mexican-American producer Edward James Olmos and “The Simpsons” Producer Phil Roman.
His characters from “La Leyenda de la Nahuala” influenced the first Latin American animated series produced by Anima Studios and Netflix, “Legend’s Quest” which has been sold with great success for 2 seasons in more than 190 countries.
The director who is motivated on seeing his films having an impact especially on children and seeing his posters in public, is currently directing 2 new scary TV series for children, “The Misteries of the K-Sisters” and “Guardians of the Last Frontier” and also a series on the importance of Mexican Food and Avocado “Waka and Tito: A series of Underground Adventures”.
The winner of the Ariel and the “La Diosa de Plata”, as well as various nominations and international recognitions stated that it has been a dream come true to be able to arrive in Hollywood and do what he likes the most. Ricardo who has participated in Conferences at Comic Con International for 4 consecutive years motivated the young people present to “not abandon their dreams whatever they may be and to move on” twice at the “Comic Con” in San Diego where he had the opportunity to give a lecture on animation in Mexico and how to break boundaries thanks to talent.