Maya and the Three: How Black Panther inspired Jorge R. Gutiérrez's Netflix series

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May and the Three is a Mesoamerican Black Panther meets Lord of the Rings? But funny. That's a bold claim, yet Neflix's Maya and the Three, a Limited Run animated series from Golden Globe-winning director Jorge Gutiérrez is just that. We meet the man himself, and his equally talented wife Sandra Equihua to discover exactly what is behind this Mesoamerica fantasy that does for Mexico what Black Panther did for Africa.

"I have to say, one of the movies that really impacted me in the last few years was Black Panther," says Gutiérrez. "They took from all these cultures and made this magic fantasy version, it was inspiring for the whole world."

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.