American Gods generations of American grew up with Sítio do Pica-Pau Amarelo, reading Monteiro Lobato’s books or watching the numerous adaptations for TV. And there are many who believe that Saci-Pererê, Cuca and other fantastic figures, recurring in the adventures of Emília, Pedrinho and Narizinho, were created by the writer from São Paulo.
These characters, of course, are part of our folklore – or of our mythology, as some defend. Resulting from the mixture of indigenous, African and Portuguese beliefs, they have haunted Brazil’s imagination for centuries, but in the 20th century they were relegated to the universe of children and adolescents.
“Invisible City”, which debuted on Netflix on February 5, arrived to reframe these creatures and launch them into the modern world. Carlos Saldanha, the creator of the series, says that he was inspired by international productions such as “American Gods”, which introduces gods and demigods in contemporary contexts, without the slightest ceremony.