THE PROJECT

  • First official image for poster.

  • Character design for Animated Picture.

  • Anthropology references on character design.

  • Xilacatzin (main character) second sketch sculpted for art development.


About the Project

The Mark of the Jaguar produced by OCELOTL COMPANY – is an Animation Project, which has as purpose to rebuild the Aztec world splendor and its culture through traditions, architecture, sculpture, painting, textiles, craftsmanship, religion, myths, legends, cosmogony and magic - with real, historical and symbolic characters throughout an epic story filled with humor, adventure, magic, romance, drama and fiction. All of this depicted in a film trilogy, accompanied by six TV seasons encompassing a historical period from 1509 till 1521, meanwhile exposing the human values and the ethical aspects of an ancient culture, as a proposal to our modern world.
The project mainly comprises three historical phases contextualizing the sociopolitical situation within Mesoamerica twelve years before the Spaniards arrived. The first motion picture – titled Fire Awakening- refers to the ancient ritual of the New Fire celebrated in 1507, and held every 52 years by indigenous Mesoamerican people; this specific one being the last ever held by the Aztecs, as depicted by the magical-mythical frame which gives sense to this ritual depicted on page 34 of the Borbonic Codex.
This project will show another face of the ancient cultures of Mexico; a side that shows the great achievements of its cultures and their hidden sides, as any other civilization around the world.

Synopsis: The Awakening Fire
Like every 52 years, the Mexicas must protect the world from the forces of darkness which threaten to stop the world from rebirth. The warriors Xilacatzin, Ehecatzin, and the newcomer Coyotzin know they face the legendary monsters called Tzitzimes, and unknown to them, the queen of these monsters as well. In the meantime, Citlalli and Moyaua – dear friends – will face their own fears with only their abilities, when the nahual (wizard) Pophcatzin and benevolent forces warn them about the princess Cihuateteo.
With all of this happening, Mexica captain Yaotecatzin is in the middle of a dilemma; the protection of his wife Tonalna or the security of Mexico Tenochtitlan. His young warriors will face situations they may not be able to handle, but will receive help from the most unlikely source, with the fate of the sun and the entire human race on the line.
Main Characters
Xilacatzin
Historical Aztec Warrior

A young Aztec warrior who is both ingenious and noble. Skilled with great potential, he is however easily distracted and impatient. A historic character, referred by Friar Bernardino of Sahagun. Xilacatzin possesses the attributes that can make him a great warrior, but events of his past haunt him that he must overcome in order to fulfill his destiny.


Moyaua
Adventurous nature

Xilacatzin's best friend, outgoing and sympathetic. Has an adventurous spirit that will help her discover evolutionary processes.

She's got great affinity with plants and animals, a skill that will help her family face the dark forces.




Popohcatzin
Wizard

Wise nahual (wizard), connoisseur of magic and Mesoamerican rituals. Father of Tonalna and Xilacatzin's spiritual guide; he can talk to and transform into animals and nature events.

The experiences of his past will become key to facing the challenges presented at the end of the sun's cycle.

Itzpapalotl
Goddess of the Underworld

Goddess of sacrifice and war; patroness of death, ruler of the Tamoanchan paradise. She's the leader of the Tzitzimes and other entities of the night. She resents the gods for expelling her off Tamoanchan.

A monstrous dark force that seeks to prevent the sun from being reborn again, so she can reclaim her place of origin.

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