Gabriel Garza is an American animated television series originally created by Geo G. for CBS. The first television series from Gingo Animation, it originally premiered on CBS on March 16, 1991, and was later picked up on September 17, 1994 by NBC. The series ended on June 8, 2002 with a total of 12 seasons and 156 episodes. The series centers on a kind and intelligent boy named Gabriel Garza and his brothers Roge, Leno, and Cole, living in the town of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Their everyday lives are occasionally interrupted by attacks from Vio and his henchmen, so the Garza brothers, along with their other friends, must team up to stop Vio's plans.
Geo G. created the title character for an unpublished comic book series in the late 1980s, and later reluctantly pitched the series to CBS as a Saturday morning cartoon. The network gave the staff a large amount of creative freedom, with the writers targeting both children and adults.
The series has been commercially successful, establishing the title character as the mascot of Gingo; it has spawned a successful franchise and adaptations into other media, such as comics, video games, and films.
After developing the comics, Geo wanted to adapt the series to television. After several unsuccessful attempts between Fox and ABC, the series was pitched to CBS, and was added to the 1991-1992 Saturday morning schedule.
The series' first season was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and was produced in association with Wang Film Productions in Taiwan, Mr. Big Cartoons in Australia, and Fil-Cartoons in the Philippines. However, due to difficulties with the animation studios, production was switched from Hanna-Barbera to Klasky-Csupo for the second and third seasons. By season 4, co-founder Gabor Csupo wanted to have one producer to oversee the animation; Geo refused; and production was switched to Film Roman for the remainder of the series run.
- Main article: List of Gabriel Garza episodes
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||13||March 16, 1991||August 31, 1991||CBS|
|2||13||November 16, 1991||April 4, 1992|
|3||13||September 12, 1992||February 20, 1993|
|4||13||September 11, 1993||March 26, 1994|
|5||13||September 17, 1994||March 4, 1995||NBC|
|6||13||October 7, 1995||February 24, 1996|
|7||13||December 21, 1996||May 3, 1997|
|8||13||September 20, 1997||February 7, 1998|
|9||13||October 3, 1998||April 6, 1999|
|10||13||July 31, 1999||March 25, 2000|
|11||13||October 14, 2000||February 10, 2001|
|12||13||November 24, 2001||June 8, 2002|
|Theatrical film||July 31, 2002||N/A|
Awards and nominationsEdit
From 1995 to 2002, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released several VHS tapes of the series, each containing four episodes of the series.
In March 2005, Universal gave Shout! Factory the rights to release the series. Season 1 was released that May, followed by season 2 that August and season 3 in December. That same month, Shout announced that Season 4 would be released "sometime in 2006", but Shout delayed the release to an unknown date before finally releasing Season 4 in April 2009 and Season 5 in September 2009. From there on, Shout made a plan to put out two-three seasons a year. Season 6 saw a release that December, followed by Seasons 7, 8, and 9 in March, August, and October 2010. Seasons 10 through twelve were released between February, July, and December 2011, completing the entire series.
Following the DVD and Blu-ray release of the 2011 computer-animated reboot, Shout released a boxset containing all seasons of the show and a bonus disc. The set went out of print, but Shout re-released the set in May 2017 in "shelf-friendly" packaging.