Condorito is a comic strip that features an anthropomorphic condor living in a fictitious town named Pelotillehue — a typical small Chilean provincial town. Heis meant to be a representation of the Latin American people.
Condorito was created by the Chilean cartoonist René Ríos, known as Pepo. In spite of hisChilean origin, Condorito is very popular throughout Latin America, where the character is considered part of the general popular culture, and has a growingreadership in the United States as well. Condorito and his friends appear in a daily comic strip.
The structure of Condorito is very simple: eachpage is an independent joke, without any continuity with others (though some jokes are larger or shorter than one page). The jokes are often sexist or malechauvinistic in nature, and some of the details included in the artwork are gender-dependent, but the humor is usually couched in double-entendres that children would beunlikely to understand.
One peculiar characteristic of Condorito is that the character that goes through the embarrassing moment and/or serves as the buttof the joke in a given strip almost always falls backwards to the floor (legs visible or out of frame) in the final panel, although new comic strips have now putthe victim of the joke looking at the reader instead. This classic comic strip "flop take" is accompanied by a free-fall onomatopoeic sound (usually ¡Plop!).From time to time, this is replaced by the victim of the joke saying ¡Exijo una explicación! ("I demand an explanation!"), usually as a twist or downbeat ending.
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