“Planes” character El Chupacabra. (Photo/Courtesy ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

Legend of El Chupacabra receives Disney makeover

The legend of the mythical El Chupacabra reveals a blood-sucking creature; a violent and murderous animal whom eyewitnesses claim to have spotted throughout Latin America. But El Chupacabra – like angry beasts, inanimate cars or even underwater sea creatures – isn’t immune to receiving a wholesome Disney treatment.  And as such, the Chupacabra is one of the stars in the upcoming animated flick “Planes.”

“He’s vulnerable, muy sympatico,” says Argentinian comedian Carlos Alazraqui of the scary creature’s kid-friendly makeover in the movie, which opens in theaters nationwide August 9. “He doesn’t judge, he’s a hero, a well-rounded character and a romantic. The name ‘Chupacabra’ is enough to instill fear in anyone, but for my character, it’s just one layer in a very likeable personality.”

Actor/comedian Carlos Alazraqui.

Actor/comedian Carlos Alazraqui. (Photo/Courtesy Brad Buckman)

Alazraqui – whom fans may remember best from his days as Officer James Garcia on the Comedy Central series “Reno 911” – is all too thrilled to help reinvent a character that’s now part of a G-rated film that his two-year-old daughter can watch. Alazraqui, who began his entertainment career in California as a regular competitor on the open-mic contest circuit, says that he loves doing cartoons rather than the often-raunchy material that characterized his early years. 

“I honestly love doing voice work,” says Alazraqui, who has lent his voice to projects like “Sofia the First” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” And now, as a dad – with a second baby on the way –  Alazraqui says he’s able to embrace “seeing the world through the eyes of a child.”

“It’s fun being part of projects that will help entertain a new generation of Latino kids,” remarks Alazraqui, who will also be a prominent part of a “Planes” sequel that will be released next summer.

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But that being said, the 51-year-old funny guy isn’t throwing out the idea of participating in a “Reno 911” reunion.

“I get asked about doing a reunion or movie all the time,” says Alazraqui. “I’d never say never in this business.”

“If  I’m asked to grow a bad mustache, put on the polyester and have a bad haircut again, I’d do it right away!”

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