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Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales
First appearance Cat-Tails for Two (1953)
Created by Robert McKimson, Friz Freleng
Voiced by Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey (current)
For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone.

Speedy Gonzales, "the fastest mouse in all Mexico", is an animated cartoon mouse from the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Speedy's major traits are his ability to run extremely fast, and his comedic Mexican accent. He usually wears an oversized yellow sombrero, a white shirt and pants, and a red ascot. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Cat-Tails for Two is a 1953 Warner Bros. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Robert Bob McKimson, Sr. ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor. ... Joe Alaskey (born May 26, 1949 in Watervliet, New York) is credited as one of the successors (including Billy West) of the great Mel Blanc in impersonating the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other characters from Warner Bros. ... Charles Eugene Patrick Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... This article is about the animal. ... Warner Bros. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... Sombrero Sombrero means hat in Spanish. ... http://www. ...

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History

Speedy debuted in 1953's Cat-Tails for Two, directed by Robert McKimson. This early Speedy was a meaner, skinnier, rattier-looking creation with a sizable gold front tooth. It would be two years before 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 menacing a group of mice. The mice call in the plucky, excessively energetic Speedy to save them, and amid cries of "¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!" (Spanish for Up! Move!) courtesy of Mel Blanc, Sylvester soon gets his painful comeuppance. The cartoon won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Cat-Tails for Two is a 1953 Warner Bros. ... Robert Bob McKimson, Sr. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... A mans visible teeth. ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Hawley Pratt (born June 9, 1911 in Seattle, Washington – died March 2, 1999 in Thousand Oaks, California) is an American film director and animator, who directed all The Pink Panther cartoons and two Dr. Seuss animated television specials: The Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss on the Loose. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Speedy Gonzales is a 1955 Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng from a story by Warren Foster. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat Senior is a fictional cat who appears in several Looney Tunes cartoons, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, or Hippety Hopper. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor. ... // The Academy Award for Animated Short Film is an award which has been given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the Academy Awards every year since the 5th Academy Awards, covering the year 1931-32, to the present. ...

The initial version of Speedy Gonzales, designed by Robert McKimson
The initial version of Speedy Gonzales, designed by Robert McKimson

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 paired Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in his Road Runner cartoons. Sylvester 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 hot sauce. Other cartoons pair the mouse with his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, the "slowest mouse in all Mexico." Slowpoke regularly gets into all sorts of trouble that often require Speedy to save him. Beginning in the mid 1960s, Speedy's main nemesis became Daffy Duck—a move which some fans consider an unusual combination (Sylvester's appropriateness, being a cat, was never questioned) and as depicting the already morally ambiguous duck as excessively malicious. Image File history File links Early-Speedy. ... Image File history File links Early-Speedy. ... Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ... Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as The Coyote) and the Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, created by Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers. ... ... For the streetball player, see Philip Champion. ... “Nephew” redirects here. ... Slowpoke Rodriguez, the Slowest Mouse in all of Mexico Slowpoke Rodríguez is a fictional animated cartoon mouse, part of the Looney Tunes cast. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. ...


Controversy

Speedy's cartoons have come under fire in recent years for their alleged stereotypical depictions of Mexicans and Mexican life. Mice in the shorts are usually shown as lazy, womanizing and hard-drinking. Speedy is the only character capable of saving them from this lifestyle. Speedy also wears an oversized sombrero and sometimes plays in a mariachi band. Speedy's only real vice is implied to be a weakness for pretty girls (as remarked in the shorts by a pair of mice "He [Speedy] knows my sister" "Speedy Gonzalez knows everybody's sister!"); in one cartoon, other mice instigate a war to keep Speedy from stealing all the girls in town. Much of the dialogue between Mexican characters is in English and the small amount of Spanish that peppers the dialogue consists of basic greetings, goodbyes, exclamations, and misplaced references to popular Mexican foods. This criticism prompted Cartoon Network largely to shelve Speedy's films when it gained exclusive rights to broadcast them in 1999. However, fan campaigns to put Speedy back on the air, as well as lobbying by The League of United Latin American Citizens, who argued that Speedy's cleverness and personality was a positive depiction of Mexicans, turned the tide in his favor, and in 2002 the shorts were allowed to re-air on Cartoon Network. [citation needed] Sombrero Sombrero means hat in Spanish. ... This article is about the Mexcian musical genre and ensemble. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... This article is about the year. ... LULAC is an organization which strives for rights for Hispanic Americans. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Other appearances

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 also made a non-speaking cameo appearance in an episode of ¡Mucha Lucha! titled Lucha, Rinse and Repeat. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Looney Tunes: Back in Action was a 2003 Warner Bros. ... ¡Mucha Lucha! is the first animated television series created with Macromedia Flash, a program usually used for Internet cartoons. ...


Volume 4 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD series, released on November 14, 2006, has an entire disc of Speedy shorts. The Looney Tunes Golden Collection is a yearly series of four-disc DVD box sets from Warner Bros. ... is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Speedy Gonzales has appeared in a couple of video games, similar in design to the Sonic the Hedgehog games (some were even transformed into pirate Sonic games), for Super NES and Game Boy, as well as the short lived Game Gear. Sonic the Hedgehog ), trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog,[4] is a video game character and the hero of a video game series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. ... The copyright infringement of software (also known as software piracy) refers to several practices when done without the permission of the copyright holder: yor mother likes to eat chicken as software piracy. This is copyright infringement in most countries and is unlikely to be fair use or fair dealing if... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ...


In 1962, pop singer Pat Boone scored a top 10 hit in the United States with the song "Speedy Gonzales" which featured Mel Blanc spouting faux-Mexican phrases as Speedy. Charles Eugene Patrick Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ...


In 2006, Volkswagen licensed Speedy Gonzales for a series of Spanish-language commercials for the Volkswagen Golf.[1][2][3] Volkswagen AG (ISIN: DE0007664005), or VW, is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. ... The Volkswagen Golf (Mark 1 and Mark 5 badged as Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada, Caribe in Mexico) is a compact car / small family car that Volkswagen manufactures. ...


Speedy Gonzales also made a cameo appearance in the Drawn Together episode "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II" where his speed is attributed to the use of cocaine. He is also seen in episode "Mexican't Buy Me Love" where he is featured as one of the faces on a Mexican version of Mount Rushmore, the other characters being the Taco Bell chihuahua, Jose Leno (a Mexican version of Jay Leno), and a donkey. The mice from Speedy Gonzales's cartoons have also made multiple appearances, usually as references to illustrate Mexican stereotypes. In "Breakfast Food Killer," he is among the characters auditioning to be the new cereal mascot. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Drawn Together is an American animated television series that uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting. ... The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II is the eighth episode of the animated series Drawn Together. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Mexicant Buy Me Love is the twenty-eighth episode of the animated series Drawn Together. ... For the 1960s rock band, see Mount Rushmore (band). ...


Speedy Gonzales appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Werewolf VS Unicorn" voiced by Seth Green. During the illegal aliens from Mexico segment, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester demonstrate a wired fence that will keep the aliens out only for Speedy Gonzales to get through it. Robot Chicken is an Emmy award-winning American stop motion animated television series produced by Stoopid Monkey, ShadowMachine Films, Williams Street, and Sony Pictures Digital, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of... Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green (born on February 8, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation IPA: ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ...


See also

  • List of Speedy Gonzales cartoons

This is a list of Speedy Gonzales cartoons // Cat-Tails for Two Speedy Gonzales Tabasco Road Gonzales Tamales Tortilla Flaps Mexicali Shmoes West of the Pesos Cannery Woe The Pied Piper Guadalupe Mexican Boarders Mexican Cat Dance A Message to Gracias Nuts and Volts Panchos Hideaway Road to Andalay...

References

  • Nericcio, William Anthony (2006). "[Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America][4]." University of Texas Press.
  • Schneider, Steve (1990). That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Solomon, Charles (1994). The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings. Random House Value Publishing.

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