SPEEDY GONZALES is an animated cartoon character in the Warner
Looney Tunes _ and _
Merrie Melodies _ series of cartoons. He
is portrayed as "The Fastest
A film about the character has been announced by Warner Bros.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Notable cartoon appearances and Award Nominated Cartoons
* 2 Concern about stereotypes * 3 Other appearances * 4 In other media * 5 Film * 6 Voice actors * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 Further reading * 10 External links
Speedy's appearance was in 1953's _Cat Tails for Two_ though he
appeared largely in name (and super speed) only. It would be two years
Friz Freleng and animator
Hawley Pratt redesigned the character
into his modern incarnation for the 1955 Freleng short _Speedy
Gonzales _. The cartoon features
Sylvester the Cat guarding a cheese
factory at the international border between United States and Mexico
from starving Mexican mice. The mice call in the plucky, excessively
energetic Speedy to save them, and amid cries of "¡Ándale!
¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!" (Spanish
for "Go on! Go on! Up! Up!", although "Ándale arriba" may have been
intended as meaning "hurry up") courtesy of
Mel Blanc , Sylvester soon
gets his comeuppance. The cartoon won the 1955 Academy Award for Best
Short Subject (Cartoons) .
While Speedy's last name was given as _Gonzalez_ in _Cat-Tails_ (on a printed business card shown in the cartoon), it was spelled with an 's' from _Speedy Gonzales_ onward. Today, the earlier spelling is occasionally used by accident.
Freleng and McKimson soon set Sylvester up as Speedy's regular
nemesis in a series of cartoons, much in the same way
Chuck Jones had
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner in his Road Runner cartoons.
Sylvester (often called "_El
Gringo Pussygato_" by Speedy) is
constantly outsmarted and outrun by the Mouse, causing the cat to
suffer all manner of pain and humiliation from mousetraps to
accidentally consuming large amounts of
Tabasco hot sauce . Other
cartoons pair the mouse with his cousin,
Slowpoke Rodriguez , the
NOTABLE CARTOON APPEARANCES AND AWARD NOMINATED CARTOONS
Cat-Tails for Two _ (1953) - Debut, prototype
** Academy Award winner, 28th (1955) - Short Subject (Cartoon) * Academy Award nominated
CONCERN ABOUT STEREOTYPES
Feeling that the character presented an offensive Mexican stereotype, Cartoon Network shelved Speedy's films when it gained exclusive rights to broadcast them in 1999 (as a subsidiary of Time Warner , Cartoon Network is a corporate sibling to Warner Bros.). In an interview with _Fox News_ on March 28, 2002, Cartoon Network spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg commented, "It hasn't been on the air for years because of its ethnic stereotypes ."
Despite such controversy over potentially offensive
On the _ Looney Tunes Golden Collection _ DVD box sets, when the DVD is first loaded, it will be introduced by a disclaimer which states:
The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were false then and are still false today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.
Mexican American tennis great Pancho Gonzales was at the peak of his fame in the years coming up to Speedy's first appearance, and in one cartoon Speedy is seen playing tennis with himself. Cultural theorist William Nericcio states that the name may have been derived from one of the jokes about a Mexican man nicknamed "Speedy Gonzales" either because of his premature ejaculation or of his ability to quickly grab a chance for copulation, though the name of the character was not intended to be derogatory.
Main article: List of Speedy Gonzales cartoons
In 1983, he co-starred in _Daffy Duck\'s Movie: Fantastic Island _. In 1988, he made a cameo appearance in the ending scene of _Who Framed Roger Rabbit _. He had one appearance in the _ Tiny Toons _ episode segment "The Acme Acres Summer Olympics", as the coach, and serving as the mentor of Lightning Rodriguez . In 1996, he made a short appearance in film _ Space Jam _. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance alongside Porky Pig in the film _Looney Tunes: Back in Action _, making fun of his politically incorrect status. At around the same time, he made a non-speaking cameo in an episode of _ ¡Mucha Lucha! _ titled "Lucha, Rinse and Repeat". In 2009, he made a cameo appearance on _ Kid vs. Kat _ in "The Kat Whisperer".
Volume 4 of the _
Looney Tunes Golden Collection _ DVD series,
released on November 14, 2006, has an entire disc of Speedy shorts,
although some of his other shorts had previously been released on
Volumes 1 and 3. Speedy is mentioned in one _
Duck Dodgers _ episode,
after Cadet sits on Dodgers, prompting him to say, "I knew I should've
IN OTHER MEDIA
In 1962, pop singer
Pat Boone scored a top 10 hit in the United
States with the song "
In 1965, the movie Wild on the Beach included the song "Little Speedy Gonzales" which was written by Stan Ross and Bobby Beverly and performed by The Astronauts .
In 1995, he appeared in a video game, Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos , for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System .
Mel Blanc (1953–1986)
Joe Alaskey (_
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* Nericcio, William Anthony (1996). “Autopsy of a Rat: Odd, Sundry Parables of Freddy Lopez, Speedy Gonzales, and Other Chicano/Latino Marionettes Prancing about Our First World Visual Emporium.” _Camera Obscura_ 37 (January 1996): 189-237. * Nericcio, William Anthony (2007). _Tex-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America_. University of Texas Press . * Schneider, Steve (1990). _That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation_. Henry Holt ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v
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