I’m not sure how I feel about this. Part of me wants to cheer that a long-forgotten Warner Bros. cartoon character will finally get their turn in the movie spotlight. And part of me realizes that there’s a reason this character has disappeared for decades.
The website Nerdist has reported that Warner Bros. may be developing a new cartoon featuring the character Speedy Gonzales – you know, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico.”
You know… this guy.
Yeah. That cartoon clip above pretty much speaks for itself.
The early Speedy Gonzales cartoons of the 1950’s and early 1960’s were packed with denigrating Hispanic stereotypes. Certainly one could argue that at the time these cartoons were originally made, this kind of humor was rampant. Hell, even Pat Boone, one of the most popular singers of the 1950’s, actually got away with recording a Top 40 hit based on the titular character.
As you can imagine, the Speedy Gonzales cartoons haven’t aged very well. And just like several other cartoons in the Warner Bros. catalog that featured offensive racial stereotypes, the Speedy Gonzales cartoons have disappeared from reruns. Let’s face it. What was considered humorous generations ago is now kinda cringe-worthy, with Speedy talking in broken Spanglish and living in adobe-constructed neighborhoods full of siesta-takers and drunks and woman-chasers…
I’m just not sure how a resurrected Speedy Gonzales motion picture would fare.
Maybe, however, if they give Speedy a sidekick… you know, like Slowpoke Rodriguez, the slowest mouse in all Mexico…
So let me ask you, my dear blog readers. Would you want to see a brand new Speedy Gonzales cartoon, or are you thinking that Speedy should just run off to the sunset?