Four friends, Tino, Carver, Lor and Tish, spend each weekend exploring new levels of fun. Whether they're gearing up for a sports competition or just hanging out in their Southern California beach town, these inseparable pals help one another negotiate the many obstacles of preadolescence. The underlying theme of the series is friendship - its ups and downs, the compromises and sacrifices, and above all the sense of humor that it takes to keep four very different young people together.
Weekender(s) hanging out in Bahia Bay(Header) Storyboards and concept art by: Chuck Grieb, Glen W. Hill and Sage Birden, members of the show's original crew.
The Book of Life
- is directed by Jorge Gutierrez, creator of of El Tigre. he is the major figure behind the movie, having come up with the idea originally as well
- is produced by several people, one of whom is Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, etc
- is written by Jorge Gutierrez, joined by Doug Langdale, creator of The Weekenders
- has several character designs by Sandra Equihua, Gutierrez’s wife and co-creator of El Tigre
#OH MY GOD #this show was so brilliant and hilarious #the best part is that I can actually see this kind of thing happening in real life #that’s what made the show so great #they dealt with real problems in an honest way #and provided great social commentary in a hilarious way #this show was such a good thing
"There are complexities to these characters that, honestly, boggle my mind for a show of this nature. They each have families, personalities, emotions, feelings, and a sense of friendship that transcends almost all of them. It’s a show about how, from Friday to Sunday, their school lives are put on hold and their time as friends begins. And yet, it’s not just them partying it up, or performing huge musicals. Sometimes it’s a larger set piece, but mostly it’s just drama and conflict which they must solve in human ways, not through the magic of television. […] Through the show’s four seasons, it managed to work within the standard formulaic style and engage at a level that isn’t sugary or contrived. It’s a perfect show for kids because, while introducing them to witty language and sarcasm (Two principles I’m totally in favour of), it also shows real kids dealing with real issues: friendship, family, heritage, balancing athletics and school work, and pretty much anything else you could think of. It’s a show that never took the easy road, never broke out into song to prove a point, and despite being off the air has never stopped entertaining me when I’ve found it while flipping through the channels." (x)