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:
Mexico’s fastest mouse, our hero Speedy Gonzales, yells “Yeehaw”” over and over in this three-minute supercut cartoon video. SPOILER: The various gatitos and perritos are not amused.
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:
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:
Mel Blanc, the amazing voice artist who brought our hero Speedy Gonzales to life, is the man behind this November 1957 novelty record, The Hat I Got for Christmas is Too Beeg:
Mexico’s fastest mouse, our hero Speedy Gonzalez, is a friend to everybody’s seester. But Speedy, unlike POCHO’s La Cucaracha, needs his “marihuana por fumar.” Speedy Gonzales (yes, that’s the name of the cartoon and our leading man) won an Academy Award in 1955.
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?
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:
Did you ever play this 1995 SNES video game featuring our hero, Mexico’s fastest mouse, Speedy Gonzales? ¡Andale! ¡Andale! The commercial is above, and here’s an hour-long game!
Mexico’s fastest mouse, Speedy Gonzales, is lost and thirsty in the desert. Luckily, he stumbles across a water well. Unluckily, the well belongs to Daffy Duck.
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.