Zorro: Generation Z
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Zorro: Generation Z is a British animated series that began in 2006. Former Marvel Studios development executive, Rick Ungar, developed the original series in association with BKN International, BKN New Media, G7 Animation, and Pangea Corporation. The programming deal and concept for the new series was developed by Ungar, G7, and Pangea and underwritten partially by a master toy license with Brazilian toy company, Gulliver Toys. What made the show unique were the plethora of Pangea-designed high tech gadgets and the conceit of having the young Zorro ride his motorcycle named after his horse, Tornado.
|Zorro: Generation Z|
|Created by||Rick Ungar|
by Johnston McCulley
|Developed by||Rick Ungar|
Sean Catherine Derek
|Directed by||Stuart Evans (eps 1-2)|
Walt Kubiak (eps 3-26)
|Voices of||Ben Small|
Jules de Jongh
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producers||Rick Ungar|
|Production companies||BKN International|
BKN New Media
Zorro Productions, inc.
|Original release||16 March –|
7 September 2006
In 2015, teenager Diego de la Vega, the five times great-grandson of the original Zorro, discovers his heritage and decides to take up the mantle. Clad in a black suit and high-tech weapons, Zorro signs the "Z" to establish justice in the metropolis of Pueblo Grande, California.
Diego de la Vega / ZorroEdit
After living abroad for some time, Diego returns to Pueblo Grande when his father is kidnapped by Mayor Martínez, to prevent him from running in the election. Diego grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about Zorro, and is quick to take over the family role after he and Bernardo find the Fox Den. He rides a motorcycle called the Tornado–Z (named after the original Zorro's horse) and wields the Z–Weapon, a multi–purpose laser weapon which can act as a gun, sword, bow staff, or whip/grappling hook. The Z-Weapon also has a "DNA lock", meaning that only he or a member of his family can activate it. In addition, his cape is bulletproof and can function as a parachute or a glider. He is based on Don Diego de la Vega from the original novel.
Diego's best friend and a technological genius — the mute Bernardo maintains Zorro's equipment, does online detective work and occasionally wears the costume when Diego and Zorro need to appear together. He is based on Don Diego's mute manservant Bernardo from the original novel. Bernardo is very loving and affectionate with a snarky sense of humor. He and Diego are almost brothers as they both grew up together on the same street. Diego's grandfather also gave Bernardo a small fortune which he used to repair Diego's bike in one episode.
Alejandro de la VegaEdit
Diego's father, and the owner of Dela Vega Industries. He is unaware of the family secret and until recently assumed Zorro was a myth. He is still unsure that a masked crusader is what the city needs. He worries a lot about Diego's lack of responsibility, assuming his son is out all night partying. Based on Don Alejandro de la Vega in previous versions.
The de la Vegas' Irish housekeeper. She knows Diego's secret and approves of what he's doing.
Horace Hernando MartinezEdit
The corrupt ex-mayor of Pueblo Grande, Martinez is Zorro's greatest enemy. In addition to imposing high taxes and secretly running Pueblo Grande's organised crime he is a business rival of the Dela Vega family and often targets Alejandro's company with his criminal schemes. He is based on the corrupt alcaldes in earlier versions of Zorro and bears a strong resemblance to Alcalde Quintero in the 1974 film The Mark of Zorro.
Maria Martinez / Scarlet WhipEdit
The daughter of Horace Martinez. Maria adopts a costumed identity to fight against her father's corruption using a pair of laser–whips. She and Diego are at college together and have a friendly rivalry. Neither knows the other's secret identity until near the end of the final episode in Season 1 "Poll Axed". She is somewhat similar to Lolita Quintero in the 1940 version of The Mark of Zorro or Theresa in the 1974 version—both of whom are Zorro's love interest and the Alcalde's niece—her masked identity may be based on the title character of the 1944 film Zorro's Black Whip. According to the series' bible, her costumed identity was originally going to be the Black Whip rather than the Scarlet Whip, but it was changed to better distinguish her from Zorro.
The mayor's aide and head of the Pueblo Grande Police Department. Sergeant Garcia is corrupt enough to turn a blind eye to his boss' actions most of the time, but not enough to actually get involved or allow anyone to get hurt. His role is usually to tell the police not to investigate. He is clumsy and always eating (usually spilling his food whenever someone calls for him). He is based on Sergeant Garcia in the 1950s TV series Zorro.
A group of criminal hoodlums hired by Mayor Martínez to take charge of various criminal businesses in Pueblo Grande. When Gloria Sheffield runs for Pueblo Grande mayor, they ended up being hired by her.
The first Zorro and ancestor of the present Zorro. He is only seen in one episode where Diego is somehow sent back in time and fights alongside him against the villain El Fantasma.
The love interest of the original Zorro.
The villain from the 1800s and enemy of the original Zorro.
Gustavo de la Vega / ZorroEdit
Diego's late grandfather was the Zorro before him. Gustavo chose to keep the family legacy a secret from Alejandro as he felt that his son was not meant to be Zorro. Now he often appears in dream sequences and flashbacks giving Diego advice about how to be Zorro.
Alejandro's grandmother is a Native American and, like Diego's grandfather, has died before the series begins but appears in dream sequences as a young girl who offers cryptic advice. She is probably based on the character White Owl from some recent re–telling of the Zorro story. She only appears in The Perfect Fox Hunt.
Criminals hired by Mayor Martínez to destroy Zorro but they end up unleashing mayhem in Pueblo Grande and try to take over the city themselves. They are eventually defeated by Zorro.
A scientist who invented an earthquake machine. After his invention was discovered by Maria and Diego he was hired by Mayor Martínez for city demolition jobs. However his first job under the mayor was foiled by Zorro and Scarlet Whip and he is subsequently arrested.
Alfredo's twin brother specializing in nanites research. When Augusto offered his service to Mayor Martínez, in exchange for releasing his brother, Martínez demands Augusto destroys Zorro first. When Augusto's plan was initially successful in stopping Zorro the mayor changed his terms to demand he destroys Scarlet Whip as well. With Zorro's equipment infected by nanites Zorro turns to an old barn for a horse and antique weapons to fight Augusto. Zorro breaks into Augusto's lab and captures him.
Mayor Gloria SheffieldEdit
Founder and CEO of Sheffield Industries, and mayor of Pueblo Grande. After Alejandro DeLa Vega had dropped out of mayor elections Gloria Sheffield planned a series of citywide sabotages to destroy Horace Martínez's reputation in order to overtake the mayoral position in the election. Gloria ended up being the new mayor of Pueblo Grande despite Zorro and Scarlet Whip's attempt to help Horace.
Gloria Sheffield's son is disguised as a dumb jock at Pueblo Grande College. However he was the technical genius behind the citywide sabotages and the retina recognition program to uncover the true identities of Zorro and Scarlet Whip. Later Zorro is able to work out Jack's role in the citywide sabotage and discovers the potential identity leak. Bernardo was eventually able to intercept Jack's retina recognition program by replacing the final image with the Sheffields.
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"A New Generation Part I"||Rick Ungar||16 March 2006|
|Diego de la Vega assumes the family mantle of Zorro after his father is kidnapped by the corrupt Mayor Martinez.|
|2||"A New Generation Part II"||Rick Ungar and Sean Catherine Derek||23 March 2006|
|Zorro teams-up with the Scarlet Whip (who is secretly Martinez's daughter, Maria) to rescue his father from Martinez.|
|3||"The Fearsome Four"||Rick Ungar||30 March 2006|
|Martinez hires the eponymous terrorists to eliminate Zorro, but they prove to be uncontrollable.|
|4||"Sins Of The Father"||Sean Catherine Derek||6 April 2006|
|The Scarlet Whip helps Zorro stop Martinez's armored car robberies, but sabotages Zorro's plan to expose her father's crimes.|
|5||"Mayor For A Day"||Rick Ungar||13 April 2006|
|Martinez reluctantly grants Diego's birthday request to spend the day as the honorary mayor of Pueblo Grande.|
|6||"Wanted: Part Time Hero"||Sean Catherine Derek||20 April 2006|
|Diego's father cuts him off from his trust fund, which forces Diego to get a job in order to fund the repair of the wrecked Tornado Z.|
|7||"The Perfect Fox Hunt"||Sean Catherine Derek||27 April 2006|
|Martinez hires a bounty hunter to uncover Zorro's secret identity.|
|8||"Hostile Takeover"||Sean Catherine Derek||4 May 2006|
|An arms dealing countess attempts to force Martinez to do her bidding by abducting Maria.|
|9||"The Underground"||Steven Darancette||11 May 2006|
|Sergeant Garcia goes behind Martinez's back to ask for help from Zorro and the Scarlet Whip after homeless people that he has befriended are accused of stealing the mayor's gold.|
|10||"Masquerade"||Jennifer Cabrera and Rick Ungar||18 May 2006|
|Martinez hires thugs to commit crimes while dressed like Zorro on Halloween.|
|11||"Double Date"||Bob Forward||25 May 2006|
|Diego and Maria go on a date to Martinez's charity fundraiser, which is attacked by the Fearsome Four.|
|12||"That Old School Spirit"||Tom Sito||1 June 2006|
|The ghost of a Maya-Aztec warrior begins terrorizing Pueblo Grande.|
|13||"Don Payaso"||Kevin Hopps||8 June 2006|
|A gang of criminal clowns run amok in Pueblo Grande.|
|14||"The Earthquake Machine"||Lee Cohen||15 June 2006|
|A mad professor named Alfredo Catalano invents a device that can cause tremors, and is blackmailed by Martinez into using it to demolish poor neighborhoods for gentrification.|
|15||"A 'Z' In Time"||Christy Marx and Randy Littlejohn||22 June 2006|
|A time-displaced Diego meets his ancestor, the original Zorro.|
|16||"Crush or Be Crushed"||Len Uhley||29 June 2006|
|The elderly Don Ringo has his granddaughter seduce Bernardo in a plot to get the deed to the de la Vegas' land.|
|17||"The Wounded Fox"||Glenn Leopold||6 July 2006|
|After Diego twists his ankle, Bernardo takes his place as Zorro to help the Scarlet Whip dismantle the mayor's new "Digi-Dons."|
|18||"Persona Non Grata"||Steven Darancette||13 July 2006|
|Angered over Diego never noticing her, a nerdy girl who is obsessed with him sets out to ruin his life and prove that he is Zorro.|
|19||"Diego's Cousin"||Kevin Hopps||20 July 2006|
|Martinez tries to force Diego's cousin, Kam, off of his and his family's property so that he can redevelop it.|
|20||"Crime Wave"||Steven Darancette||27 July 2006|
|A gang of criminal surfers begins robbing ships off of the shore of Pueblo Grande.|
|21||"Z-Virus"||Len Uhley||3 August 2006|
|Augusto Catalano, an expert in nanotechnology, offers to get rid of Zorro for Martinez in exchange for the release of his incarcerated twin brother, Alfredo.|
|22||"Mad About You"||Len Uhley||10 August 2006|
|The Scarlet Whip loses her memory and becomes convinced that Zorro is her enemy.|
|23||"The Rival"||Kevin Hopps||17 August 2006|
|Diego becomes jealous when Maria begins hanging out with the nephew of a deranged admiral who is going to blow up Pueblo Grande's navy yard.|
|24||"The Golden Dragon"||Glenn Leopold||24 August 2006|
|Martinez works with the new Dons of Chinatown to steal a priceless Chinese artifact called the Golden Dragon.|
|25||"The New Arrivals"||Kevin Hopps and Sean Catherine Derek||31 August 2006|
|When Diego's father drops out of the election for mayor, he is replaced by tech magnate Gloria Sheffield, who quickly proves to be even more ruthless than Martinez.|
|26||"Poll Axed"||Len Uhley||7 September 2006|
|Martinez swears revenge on Sheffield after she beats him in the mayoral election, while Sheffield's son, Jack, works to uncover the identities of Zorro and the Scarlet Whip.|
- Zorro: Return to the Future is a feature that includes the first 3 episodes of the series. It can also be found on iTunes.
- Zorro and Scarlet Whip Revealed! is a feature that includes The Earthquake Machine, Z-Virus, and Poll Axed.
Development and BroadcastEdit
The show has been aired in the United Kingdom on Pop on 7 April 2008 and was shown on Kix! on 19 May 2008. This version of the Zorro story features a descendant of the original Zorro, named Diego de la Vega, as the original Zorro, fighting crime and the corrupt government of Pueblo Grande in a near-future setting. Zorro: Generation Z has yet to air in the United States. The series has already been shown in the Philippines via Hero TV[when?].
A planned second season of 26 episodes of the series was announced in 2009 for a release in 2010, entitled Zorro Generation Z: HD but it was not fully completed or released for broadcast as BKN International filed for insolvency in October 2009, despite a press statement from Nicola Andrews, Managing Director of BKN New Media Ltd in London, who noted: 'We have already commissioned and produced Season II for 2009."
- Zorro Productions, Inc.
- Zorro: Generation Z at IMDb
- BKN Kids Zorro: Generation Z, Generation Z: HD, Return to the Future, Zorro and Scarlet Whip Revealed!
- News for Zorro: Generation Z
- BKN Announces Release Of Two New Films
- BKN announces the first ratings on its 'Zorro: Generation Z'(TM) property on Clan TV in Spain - Show rates #2 on the entire schedule ahead[permanent dead link]
- BKN International AG - BKN Signs Master Toy Licensee : NON-REG