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  • Educator J. V. Maranto
  • Director Juan M. Urbina, Fermin Mulett
  • Script Editor Mia Nacamulli
  • Producer Andrés F. Urbina
  • Art Director Karlos Velásquez
  • Animator Fermin Mulett
  • Composer Camilo Vega

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