WATCH: WB Merrie Melodies Cartoon from 1956: ‘Two Crows from Tacos’


Two Mexican singing crows are starving and try to catch a grasshopper in this 1956 animated short from Merrie Melodies/Warner Bros. What could possibly go wrong? It’s like a toon starring our hero Speedy Gonzales, Mexico’s fastest mouse, except no Speedy. Substitute crows for gatos and a grasshopper for Speedy and you get the idea.

One IMDB reviewer had a plot of praise for this toon:

Mas…WATCH: WB Merrie Melodies Cartoon from 1956: ‘Two Crows from Tacos’

The History of Mexico’s Fastest Mouse, Speedy Gonzales (video)

Young Speedy

Our hero Speedy Gonzales, Mexico’s fastest mouse, gets a simplistic but interesting bio in this short video. It’s cool to see the initial cartoon version of the rascally rodent (photo), and his later pairings with Daffy Duck. And the quick coverage of the “offensive stereotype” issue gives us this great screencap of Warner Bros’ Official Cover My Ass Statement:

Mas…The History of Mexico’s Fastest Mouse, Speedy Gonzales (video)

Speedy-bi Speedy-bo, die schnellste Maus von Mexiko! (lyrics, videos)


With Germany’s Angela Merkel the new leader of the “Free World,” we thought it was time to brush up on our German, so we asked Mexico’s Fastest Mouse, Speedy Gonzales, for help. Take it away, Speedy el Maus!

Übergrosser gelber Sombrero, weisser Poncho, weisse Hose und ein rotes Halstuch. Das ist Speedy Gonzales, Die schnellste Maus von Mexiko.

Dank seiner ungeheuren Schnelligkeit überlistet er seine Hauptgegner, den tollpatschigen Kater Sylvester und die glücklose Ente Duffy Duck noch und nöcher. "Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!" ruft er mit seinem übertrieben starken mexikanischen Akzent und zischt ab wie eine Rakete.

Mira los lyrics:

Mas…Speedy-bi Speedy-bo, die schnellste Maus von Mexiko! (lyrics, videos)

Profe ‘Memo’ Nericcio sits in chair, goes to Laredo’s Mami Chula (videos)


POCHO amigo and contributor William A. “Memo” Nericcio is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. The school him sat down in the red chair and shot this video, and we’re glad they did.

Did you know that Memo LITERALLY WROTE THE BOOK on our hero Speedy Gonzales?

Indeed he did!

And since it’s #TBT Throwback Thursday, let’s go back to 2010 when Memo kicked off his blog with a video of his visit to Mami Chula Drive-Thru Beer Run in Laredo, Texas:

Mas…Profe ‘Memo’ Nericcio sits in chair, goes to Laredo’s Mami Chula (videos)

Pat Boone sings ‘Speedy Gonzales, Why Don’t You Come Home?’ (video)


America’s favorite nice clean young white boy, Pat Boone, had a 1962 hit with this love-sick appeal to our hero, Mexico’s fastest mouse. “Speedy Gonzales, Why Don’t You Come Home?” he asks.

In this video, a fan mashes up a Warner Bros. Speedy cartoon with Boone’s music.

Speedy, of course, is voiced by the great Mel Blanc.

Mas…Pat Boone sings ‘Speedy Gonzales, Why Don’t You Come Home?’ (video)