It’s not uncommon to find many animated series in U.S pop culture that focuses on Greek and Roman mythology, like “Blood of Zeus” or “Hercules.” However, there are a few animated series whose creators choose to tell distinct stories like “DC’s Titans,” “Teen Titans Go,” “Gravity Falls,” and of course “Victor and Valentino.”
According to show creator Diego Molano, “Victor and Valentino” is a supernatural adventure comedy that seeks to put a spotlight on the mythologies of the Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan people — Latin-Americans generally.
The show is currently on its third season. In this article, we’ll tell you all that there is to know about the latest season of “Victor and Valentino” and a little about its characters.
What’s “Victor and Valentino” About?
“Victor and Valentino” is an animated television series that made its debut on March 30, 2019 — “Folk Art Foes.” The series follows the adventure of two half-brothers, Victor and Valentino, who spend their summer holiday with their grandma in a small town called Monte Macabre. Monte Macabre is a mysterious town where Latin American myths and legends come to life.
As a show focusing on characters of Mesoamerican origin, you can expect to see a lot of motifs from Japan and Mexico, including the indigenous culture of the pre-Hispanic people. Furthermore, there’s also a lot of fantasy portrayed in the series — similar to what you’ll find in most of Cartoon Network’s other animated series, like “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “Summer Camp Island,” “Steven Universe” and “We Baby Bears.”
The series is created by Diego Molano for Cartoon Network.
Does “Victor and Valentino” Have a Storyline?
Yes, “Victor and Valentino” does have a storyline. The series came to life first as a thesis work done by creator Diego Molano with the title “High Noon in Mexico.” Ultimately, the idea to convert the work into a series by the title “Victor and Valentino” came up, and Molano pitched the idea to Cartoon Network — of course, it was accepted. The pilot episode was officially greenlighted in 2017. The show finally made its debut on March 30, 2019, and the rest is history. “Victor and Valentino” is on its third season and fans are hopeful there will be a fourth — perhaps more.
What Happened in Season 3 of “Victor and Valentino?”
“Victor and Valentino” season three premiered on September 4, 2021. The premiere episode was titled “Sal’s Our Pal.”
The story continued to be told around the two main characters, Victor and Valentino, and their adventure in Monte Macabre. Season three, however, builds its storyline around the battle for supremacy between the villainous Tez, who seeks to assert his magical powers over the town, and Victor and Valentino who are determined to stop him. This time, there are more mysteries, more monsters, and certainly more mischievous adventure.
So far, 22 episodes have been aired in season three, and more episodes are scheduled already but the show has since gone on a hiatus.
Here are a few highlights of some of the notable moments we’ve seen so far:
- In episode four, “Showdown at Mayahuel Garden,” Grandma Chata and Maria Teresa set aside their rivalry the moment their grandchildren — Victor, Valentino, Pineapple, and Charlene — go missing at the Mayahuel Garden. However, as soon as the two women found and rescued their grandchildren, they got back to fighting again.
- In episode eight, “Plan-De-Monium,” Val planned a day full of fun activities to do with his crush, Isabella, but what could have been a perfect day turned out not-so-great due to Val’s insistence on following his itinerary to the last detail.
- In episode 22, “Starry Eyes,” Victor and Valentino found out that there may be more monsters in Monte Macabre than they are aware of, as Isabella goes missing.
About the Main Characters of “Victor and Valentino”
Meet the main characters of “Victor and Valentino.”
Victor “Vic” Calavera:
Nicknamed El Camarón — Spanish for shrimp — in season one, episode 18, “Welcome to the Underworld,” Victor Calavera is the first of the titular characters in the series. He is impulsive and easily gets bored.
This personality makes him prone to stirring conflict and putting the brothers in trouble. An example was when he cheated in an enchanted board game in “Suerte” in episode 10. Or when he attracted attention from an evil mythical creature in “The Boy Who Cried Lechuza” in episode 13.
However, one thing is clear throughout the series, Victor cares so much about his brother — for him, it’s family over everything.
The character is voiced by American voice actor and writer, Diego Molano, best known for creating “Victor and Valentino.” Molano has had such a colorful career in the film industry. He’s worked as a character designer, as well as a storyboard and layout artist on shows such as “OK K.O.!,” “Let’s Be Heroes,” “Golan the Insatiable,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” and “Black Dynamite.”
Valentino “Val” Calavera:
Victor’s brother, Valentino is the second titular character in the series. He is the larger one among the half-brothers and is more mature compared to Victor — as a result, he often shows responsibility and cares for his brother.
However, he can sometimes be immature and petty as seen in season one, episode 16, “Los Cadejos” when he kept malice with his brother for so long and wouldn’t talk to him until he saw Vic was in danger.
Valentino has a crush on his Monte Macabre friend, Isabella. The two share a lot in common and also engage in several activities together. As shown in season one, episode 11, “The Dark Room,” Valentino loves photography but is bad at sports, something for which Victor often belittles him.
The character is voiced by Los Angeles-born voice actor, Sean-Ryan Petersen. Petersen has had a remarkable career — from making his first television appearance at age six to creating his first video game at age nine.
Today, he has been featured in several commercials, movies, and TV series. He has also done several ADR voiceovers for movies like Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” DC’s “Aquaman,” and “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
Grandma Chata is the tritagonist in “Victor and Valentino.” She is Vic and Val’s grandmother whom they went on vacation with to Monte Macabre.
It’s implied that she is blind based on evidence; like her eyes are usually closed and she walks about with a cane. Grandma Chata has supernatural powers. For example, in “Hurricane Chata,” season one, episode eight, she controlled water with her emotions.
The character is voiced by Laura Palatano, best known for her role in the award-winning feature film “Chop-Shop.” In 2014, Palatano won the Best Dramatic Actress award, CMG Film Festival for her role in the short film “You’re Dead To Me.” She has featured in several other films like “The Imperialists Are Still Alive” and “Dexter.”
About the Recurring Characters of “Victor and Valentino”
There are several recurring characters on the show as well, like:
- Isabella, Reynalda and Charlene, voiced by Cristina Milizia
- Julio “Don” Jalapeño, voiced by Jason Hightower
- Tez and Achi, voiced by Christian Lanz
- Mic and Hun voiced by Daran Norris
- Xochi Jalapeño — Vic and Val’s babysitter — voiced by Cristina Valenzuela
- Pineapple voiced by Diego Molano
Where Can You Watch “Victor and Valentino?”
“Victor and Valentino” airs every Saturday on Cartoon Network at 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) — though the show is currently on hold. Right now you can watch all episodes of “Victor and Valentino” seasons one to three on the Cartoon Network app and HBO Max. You can also stream the show when you rent or purchase it on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play.
Will “Victor and Valentino” Have a Season 4?
As of the time of writing this article, there is no official release from Cartoon Network about the fate of “Victor and Valentino.” It’s hard to tell when the show will resume and have a fourth season. Furthermore, any conclusions or suggestions that the show has been canceled are at best just speculations. Perhaps, the show is simply on a break — which is not impossible or unusual. Fans can only hope that the producers will clear the air on all these speculations soon.
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