El Americano 2016: The Movie is a 2016 3D Mexican and American computer animated adventure family action comedy film produced by Animex, Olmos Productions, and Phil Roman Entertainment. It is directed by Ricardo Arnaiz and ex-Disney animator, Mike Kunkel. The film features an ensemble voice cast of mostly Hispanic American and Mexican actors led by Rico Rodriguez,Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo, Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Erik Estrada, and Lisa Kudrow.The first major animated co-production between studios in Mexico and the United States, it is also the first international and CG production for Animex. FilmSharks International announced that they have acquired the film’s international rights. The film was released in Mexico on 22 January 2016 in Digital 3D and 2D theaters, distributed by Never Landing Digital Distribution. The film has received mixed reviews from critics and was a huge box-office disappointment, earning $331,349 on a $4 million budget. Distributed by Freestyle Releasing, the film is set to be released in the United States sometime in 2016.
Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV super-parrot hero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. Yet when a gang of bully birds threatens his ringmaster father and takes over the circus, Cuco sets off on a hilarious and perilous journey to Hollywood to enlist his hero in his fight, only to discover the true hero within himself.