¡Vivan los niños!

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¡Vivan los niños!
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Vivan los niños de México y de todas partes
Genre: Drama
Romance
Comedy
Running Time: 41-44 minutes
Country: Mexico
Release Date: July 15, 2002 - March 14, 2003
Network(s): Canal de las Estrellas
Tiin
Created by: Abel Santa Cruz
Distributed by: Televisa
Starring: Andrea Legarreta
Eduardo Capetillo
Miguel de León
Joaquín Cordero
Ignacio López Tarso
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 155


¡Vivan los niños! is a mexican soap opera produced by Nicandro Díaz González for Televisa since July 15, 2002 until March 14, 2003. It's an adaptation of the 1983 Argentinean soap opera Señorita maestra and the 1989 mexican soap opera Carrusel.

Plot

Lupita Gómez is a young teacher who recently left her people to go to work in Mexico City at the "Patria Unida" school, as recommended by her godfather Don Joaquín. There, she becomes a 2nd grade teacher. Lupita meets a group of children in her class whom she begins to adore. Her relationship with the children sends the cast on a series of comedic adventures.

Why It Rocks

  1. Like other children's soap operas, stands out from other soap operas, due to the inclusion of wacky jokes and situations, contrary to the usually overly-serious nature of other soap operas. At the same time, there are moments when serious situations such as death, the disaffection or child abuse are discussed, which it does in a good way.
  2. Likeable and charismatic characters, like:
    • Lucas is dumb but affectionate and noble. (Like Jaime in Carrusel and Carrossel, he's a good example of how to create a silly character, but not annoying.)
    • Ángel and Brisa are innocent kids.
    • Citlali is nice and sentimental.
    • Santiago is a great friend and advisor.
    • Marisol is playful and like Santiago, a great friend.
  3. Has nice morals and teachings like learn to share things with others, not to judge someone by appearances, to always tell the truth, to help others when necessary, etc.
  4. It has many moments of joy, laughter and sadness.
  5. The protagonist Maestra Lupita (Teacher Lupita) is characterized by being a teacher beyond teaching children to read, write and do mathematical operations. Since she's also someone who teaches them values and helps their students in their daily situations. For example:
    • When she helped Lucas's parents find their missing son after failing an exam.
    • When she helped Simoneta when her companions gave her the silent treatment and asked Lucas to convince her that they are sorry or also when some kidnappers, kidnapped her.
    • When she helped Memo buy his costume for the spring festival, due to his family's shortage of money.
  6. Its theme song and end credits are great.
  7. The parents of the kids (Except Memo's stepmother and Rodrigo's mother) are also a very good example to follow as parents, possess values of "goodness" and "equality" and correct them when they are wrong.
  8. Many songs that appear in multiple chapters are good.
  9. Although despite to be an adaptation of Carrusel (1989), handled it very well and also including some new things. Like Ax el extraterrestre (Ex the alien).
  10. The acting of both children and adults is decent and even pretty good most of times.
  11. Surprisingly, unlike other soap operas, situations are incredibly rare exaggerated.
  12. The ending is very beautiful, because Maestra Lupita (Teacher Lupita) and Emiliano get married in a wedding right at the end of the school year with their students as invites.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some unlikeable characters, like Simoneta (most of the time), Rodrigo and his mother, Memo's stepmother, Damián, etc.
  2. Sometimes, some of the kids has bad morals like fight (Although most of the situations, it explains why), lying, make bad or hurting jokes, etc.
  3. Some bad chapters. Not to mention that doesn't have a specific name, they only put the number of the chapter. Which can make it difficult for some people to find the chapters they want.
  4. If we compare it with its two adaptations (Carrusel (1989) with 358 episodes and Carrossel (2012) with 310), has fewer episodes than the other two, being 155 only.
  5. Plagiarism is noticeable sometimes. Example: In the episode 27 when Simoneta dances ballet, the part where Damián and Angel dress up as ballerinas, it can be noted that this part is a plagiarism of a part of the movie The Little Rascals. Or also in the name of Ax el extraterrestre, can be considered in part a plagiarism of the name of the alien E.T.
  6. There may be some moments of child abuse, specially with Memo and Lucas.

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