Nickelodeon has left an indelible mark on the memories of Latino kids over the years, whether that’s through giving them the character of Taina or taking Dora the Explorer out of the jungle and onto the big screen. Now, they’re creating a new cartoon that looks to retain the fun and whimsy of their best ’90s shows and infuse a heavy dose of Latinx pride into it.
Set to premiere October 14, The Casagrandes is a spinoff of Nickelodeon’s The Loud House. The show follows 11-year-old Mexican-American Ronnie Anne (voiced by Izabella Alvarez) as she, along with her mother (voiced by Sumalee Montano) and older brother, Bobby (voiced by Carlos PenaVega) as they move to Great Lakes City to live above their family-run market with their grandparents.
The first trailer gives audiences a brief glimpse of the Casagrandes, whose life is described as “wild” by Ronnie Anne. With a tagline that “every adventure is grande,” we see a few of the Casagrandes’ themselves, such as Ronnie Anne’s Tío Carlos (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) who was once a famous skateboarder and “need[s] to work on [his] slang.”
Other actors who have lent their voices to the show include Spy Kids star Alexa PenaVega, Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano, Ken Jeong, Melissa Joan Hart, and Eugenio Derbez, who voices Ronnie Anne and Bobby’s father, a doctor working in Peru.
The series’ bright color palette is perfectly suited to showcasing a family as wacky and fun as the Casagrandes look. There isn’t much to be gleaned from the trailer, but there’s enough that it feels like it’s hearkening back to ’90s kids programming like Hey Arnold and that’s a comparison worth checking this out for. If anything it’ll be great to see a new family cartoon showing a broader spectrum of diversity.
The Casagrandes premieres Monday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. before moving to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. beginning October 19.