JUAN FOR ALL is an animated comedy series geared to an adult audience, about a clash of cultures within a bilingual, dysfunctional family. A microcosm of the ever-bubbling melting pot that is modern American society, the series aims to expand minds and educate by lampooning prejudicial isms (racism, sexism, etc.), stereotypes, ignorance and assumptions, as well as social, political and ethical issues with a heaping dose of irreverence.
Headstrong, Cuban immigrant, Juan Morales lives in Miami with his sensible, Mexican-American wife, Carmen, their Americanized daughter, Yoli, and Yoli's surfer-dude, Anglo husband, Brad. Additionally, Carmen's mother, Clotilde and Juan's father, Ignacio are also in the mix. Both Ignacio and Clotilde are truly “old world”, each clinging to their home country’s culture with a vengeance. Consequently, neither speaks a lick of English, and Brad is clueless when it comes to Spanish.
With the proven success of adult animation and the freedom it affords, we feel JUAN FOR ALL is poised to be a barrier-breaking comedy, exposing the mainstream audience to the language and cultures of this diverse, growing component of America, in a less threatening way than a live-action series would.
Seen through the eyes of Harvey, the family dog and Stella, the cat, JUAN FOR ALL can easily be described as FAMILY GUY meets KING OF THE HILL -- in Spanglish.
JUAN FOR ALL aims is to bring the Latino "sasón" to American audiences in a hip, fresh and impertinent ways, that may not necessarily be politically correct, but always from the heart -- and always funny.
Cast of Characters:
In the tradition of Al Bundy, Archie Bunker and Ralph Kramden, our title character is a middle-aged, pompous, Cuban immigrant -- a self-important, Latino loud mouth with a big heart. Always coming up with harebrained ideas to get ahead, make a buck, take a short cut, Juan schemes his way through life. The scheming is never borne of malice, but inbred as part of his resourceful, inventive and cheap Cuban nature. Of course, his schemes always backfire and get him where it hurts the most… his wallet. In the end, Juan always ends up eating crow.
Juan’s wife is a fiery-tempered, no nonsense Mexican. A middle-aged hottie – a cougar – a MILF, Carmen was a child actress in Mexican telenovelas. As a young woman, she was briefly cast in an American soap, out of Miami, where she met Juan and fell in love. In order to stay in this country, she married him. Their daughter came along pretty quickly after that. Carmen misses her days in front of the camera, and although she’s considered strangling Juan more than once, she wouldn’t trade her marriage, her family, or her life in America for anything in the world.
Juan and Carmen’s daughter is a 20-something DO-er. Extremely Americanized, Yoli’s always involved in some passionate “cause.” Fairness and action are important to her. She’ll fight for whatever and whomever she thinks needs to be heard and understood – including her husband, Brad. That said, she’s always defending him to Juan, who thinks Brad is a total loser. Besides all of her activist work, Yoli’s constantly going to school, taking classes for this and that, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life.
Yoli’s surfer dude, stoner, Anglo husband. Also 20-something, Brad is the complete opposite of Yoli. He’s someone who’s content with just BEING. He may not seem like the brightest bulb in the box, but in fact, he’s got a genuine Zen take on life. He’s devoted to figuring out the meaning of existence, and is always exploring some new age approach to transcendence. Brad’s a great balance for Yoli’s more intense nature. His natural ability to go with the flow and not let anything affect him is the perfect fodder for his father-in-law’s more irrational and combustible, Cuban nature.
Carmen’s 70-something mother. An imposing, proud Mexican woman, Clotilde understands some English, but really refuses to learn the language completely. Basically, she has contempt for everyone who isn’t Mexican, as she herself came from a “good,” upper-class, Mexico City family and ultimately had three marriages where she didn’t have to lift a finger. Living in Miami and under Juan’s roof is a complete step-down for her, but she’ll “make do.” After all, the food and rent are free. A fanatically religious person, Clotilde thinks anyone who isn’t saying the rosary and lighting candles every day is going to hell.
Juan’s Father, late 70’s, is newly arrived from Cuba. Ignacio won the “bomba” -- the Cuban Lottery – which allowed him to come to the U.S. and live with his son in Miami. Ignacio speaks little to no English. He is a free spirit, a romantic who’s in-love with the idea of being in-love. Consequently, his still active libido and love of the ladies get him into all kinds of trouble. Women take advantage of the old man frequently, and Juan is constantly bailing him out of predicaments. Ignacio and Clotilde are always at odds with each other. His hedonistic zest is vexing and offensive to her religious self-righteousness.
The slightly effeminate, yet neutered family dog is a mutt of many layers. Smart, insightful, painfully sensitive. The moral compass for the show, Harvey’s the one character that will always question the right or wrong of any situation. Genetically, a combination watchdog and gossip hound, Harvey’s inner conflict eats at him. Though his technical expertise is behind the elaborate, in-house, spy cam set-up, he’s torn between spying on the family and protecting their confidences.
An orange tabby cat with a prima donna attitude. She and Harvey share the dog house – the base camp for the spy-cam set-up. Harvey might be the tech around the operation, but Stella’s the driving force propelling their televised perversion. No love lost on the family, Stella’s ALWAYS looking for entertainment and mischief. She adores chisme (gossip!), watching every move the family makes with relish bordering on the orgasmic.
JUAN FOR ALL Creative Team:
I started my career in show business as a puppeteer – in Cuba – at the age of five. Ever since, I’ve been working my way back. I have my roots in improvisational theater, having been a founding member of OFF THE WALL in Greenwich Village and a workshop director at The Groundlings in Hollywood. I was fortunate enough to write for LOS BELTRAN, a Sony/Telemundo, Spanish-language sitcom produced in the U.S., for two seasons. All invaluable experiences, and integral in the development of this project.
Q. Reyes is a creator, writer and producer of the animated Ceasar and Chuy series on LATV, which was nominated for an Imagen Award. Q. is a former standup comedian and has been selected 3 times by the NHMC, ABC and NBC Networks as a participant of the Latino TV writers program.
M.E. Dolan is an Irish-American gringa with a deep love and appreciation for everything Latino – especially Luis Remesar, her Cuban husband and the creator of JUAN FOR ALL. She was part of the award-winning writing staff for the Sony/Telemundo hit sit-com Los Beltran. She is also the proud writer and co-producer of Regreso, a critically acclaimed documentary on Cuba today.