Western Animation / Speedy Gonzales

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"¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!"

Speedy Gonzales is a recurring character of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies franchises, starring in 46 short cartoons. He is a Mexican mouse endowed with Super Speed. Initially he got into escapades with Sylvester the Cat, later getting into conflicts with Daffy Duck.

While his shorts are fairly popular, the series has come under fire for accusations of ethnic stereotyping—not Speedy himself, mind you, but rather his many acquaintances, who are portrayed as lazy, pejorative stereotypes of Mexican culture. As such, the shorts were banned from TV for several years—fortunately, thanks to Speedy's large Mexican fanbase (who perceive him as a good role model) petitions persuaded Warner Bros. to put the cartoons back on the air.

Speedy is currently making appearances in The Looney Tunes Show, taking up residence in the house of Bugs Bunny.
    Filmography 

1953

  • Cat-Tails for Two (MM): Features a completely different character design for Speedy.

1955

  • Speedy Gonzales (MM) — Co-starring Sylvester. Won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

1957

  • Tabasco Road (LT). Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Gonzales' Tamales — Co-starring Sylvester. (LT)

1958

  • Tortilla Flaps (LT)

1959

  • Mexicali Shmoes (LT): Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Here Today, Gone Tamale (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.

1960

  • West of the Pesos (MM) — Co-starring Sylvester.

1961

  • Cannery Woe (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.
  • The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

1962

  • Mexican Boarders (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.

1963

  • Mexican Cat Dance (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.
  • Chili Weather (MM) — Co-starring Sylvester.

1964

  • A Message to Gracias (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.
  • Nuts and Bolts (LT) — Co-starring Sylvester.
  • Pancho's Hideaway (LT)
  • Road to Andalay (MM)— Co-starring Sylvester.

1965

  • It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House (LT)—Co-starring Daffy, Granny and Sylvester.
  • Cats and Bruises (MM)—Co-starring Sylvester.
  • The Wild Chase (MM)—The only Speedy cartoon to feature Tweety and the Road Runner. Also co-stars Sylvester.
  • Moby Duck (LT)—Co-starring Daffy.
  • Assault and Peppered (MM)—Co-starring Daffy.
  • Well Worn Daffy (LT)—Co-starring Daffy.
  • Chili Corn Corny (LT)—Co-starring Daffy.
  • Go Go Amigo (MM)—Co-starring Daffy.

1966: All cartoons co-star Daffy Duck and Speedy.

  • The Astroduck (LT)
  • Muchos Locos (MM)- The one cartoon Speedy is unambiguously defeated.
  • Mexican Mousepiece (MM)
  • Daffy Rents (LT)
  • A-Haunting we will Go (LT)-featuring Witch Hazel.
  • Snow Excuse (MM)
  • A Squeak in the Deep (LT)
  • Feather Finger (MM)
  • Swing Ding Amigo (LT)
  • A Tase of Catnip (MM)

1967: All cartoons co-star Daffy and Speedy.

  • Daffy's Diner (MM)
  • Quacker Tracker (LT)
  • The Music Mice-Tro (MM)
  • The Spy Swatter (LT)
  • Speedy Ghost to Town (MM)
  • Rodent to Stardom (LT)
  • Go Away Stowaway (MM)
  • Fiesta Fiasco (LT)

1968: Both cartoons co-star Daffy and Speedy.

  • Skyscraper Caper (LT)
  • See Ya Later Gladiator

1980

  • The Chocolate Chase (part of Daffy Duck's Easter Show)


Speedy Gonzales cartoons with their own pages:


Tropes, ándale!:

  • Always Someone Better: "Rodent To Stardom", a pseudo remake of "A Star Is Bored" where he replaces Bugs as the rival of jealous Daffy.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sylvester is this to him, but it doesn't work both ways (Sylvester's Arch-Enemy being Tweety Pie)
  • Bandito: Pancho Vanilla (a thinly disguised Yosemite Sam) in "Pancho's Hideaway".
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In "The Pied Piper Guadalupe" one of the mice carries a "Loco El Gato" sign. This is a wrong translation of "Crazy Cat", reading "Crazy The Cat" (O rly?). It should have said "El gato loco", or, even better "¡El gato está loco!" ("the cat is crazy!") or "¡Qué gato tan loco!" ("what a crazy cat!").
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Oddly enough plays this role for Daffy in Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island.
  • Catchphrases: "¡Ándale, ándale!" (Come on, come on!) and "¡Arriba, arriba!" ("Get up, get up!") usually shouted vigorously as he ran about.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Speedy Gonzales is a friend of everybody's sister Carmella! And in one cartoon he proves to be quite the romantic, serenading a female mouse with a guitar. (Until Sylvester interrupts his date.)
  • Comically Invincible Hero: It plays a lot into the gags however.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In one cartoon, Daffy calls a Roman Centurion a "Fathead", but regrets it when the guy, who takes offense to it, comes to confront them. Daffy tries to save face by saying the insult was directed at Speedy, but Speedy gets them in even more trouble by being a little too honest about it...
  • Dashing Hispanic
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Speedy's early design (in which Speedy wore a pink shirt, had no pants, had a gold front tooth, and looked stereotypically Mexican with his mop of greasy black hair and broken Spanish note ) looks nothing like his current self.
  • Erudite Stoner: Speedy's cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez. He moves slow and talks slower, but he's "fast upstairs in the cabeza". Also, he carries a gun that's bigger than he is. It is implied that he is a stoner when he sings about marijuana to the tune of "La Cucaracha."
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's the fastest mouse of all Mexico for a reason.
  • Fastest Thing Alive: It's right there in his title.
  • Friendly Enemy: Has moments of this with Daffy. At the very least he at tries to play nice with the mean spirited duck most of the time.
  • Funny Foreigner
  • Graceful Loser: While he didn't lose a whole lot, he tended to take it rather peacefully (in great contrast to Bugs who often couldn't take what he dished out). In "Moby Duck" and "Assault and Peppered", he is actually willing to back down to Daffy out of sheer pity (though Laser-Guided Karma makes sure it is a moral victory for Speedy).
  • Gratuitous Spanish: ¡Por supuesto!
  • Hat Damage: In "Speedy Gonzales", Speedy is working as a living target in a shooting gallery when he gets a bullet through his hat.
  • Hero Antagonist: Like a lot of other Looney Tunes protagonists, he flip flopped with this, a lot of shorts giving the main focus to the blundering of foes such as Sylvester or Daffy. Granted there were a fair few pairings against Daffy where it seemed you were really meant to root for him.
  • Invincible Hero:
    • The amount of times a villain actually defeated Speedy can be counted on one hand. The amount of times a villain so much as challenged him actually aren't much larger than that.
    • A possible reason for Daffy's more malicious persona during the De Patie Freleng era was to remedy this trope and utilise a greater malice that Speedy could come off as more sympathetic and fallible against (much akin to Yosemite Sam replacing the more pitiful Elmer Fudd as Bugs' enemy). While still a bumbling loser, Daffy often managed to genuinely challenge and intimidate Speedy much more often than Sylvester did previously. In a couple of cases Speedy even ended up the loser of the short.
  • Karma Houdini: Some of the Depatie-Freleng era Daffy/Speedy cartoons would have incidental characters that conned Daffy into chasing Speedy but got away with it at the end. Examples include Mayor Katt in Feather Finger and El Supremo in Daffy's Diner. The Loco Crow in Chili Corn Corny got away with screwing over both Daffy and Speedy.
  • Karmic Trickster: A cunning Karmic Trickster when working to benefit his innocent mouse amigos, though often a somewhat simple Minion with an F in Evil when working with less scrupulous co-stars such as Daffy and Witch Hazel.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Astonishingly enough, Daffy is actually this to the rest of Speedy Gonzales' Rogues Gallery. While still highly bumbling in tone, the situations Speedy was placed in were sometimes a lot more dire against Daffy, who stands as the only villain competent (and malicious) enough to hold ground against the mouse, even beating him a couple of times.
  • Nice Hat: Other than his first appearance (which was sort of a prototype of the character) he always wears a sombrero.
  • Nice Mice: A mouse who pretty much only steals cheese to help his compadres.
  • Nice Guy: Especially during the De Patie Freleng era shorts.
  • Not So Invincible After All: The De Patie Freleng shorts made Speedy slightly more fallible, even losing a couple of times. In "Muchos Locos" and "Chilli Con Corny" Daffy gets the last laugh.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Similar to Tweety, while often more a cunning Karmic Trickster Obfuscating Stupidity, there are times when Speedy genuinely comes off as incredibly naive. His unrequited attempts to make peace with the then-plainly hateful Daffy have an almost tragic tone at times (eg. Moby Duck).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: His cousin, Lento ("Slowpoke") Rodriguez, the slowest mouse in Mexico... who packs a gun, and can hypnotize cats, even Sylvester. Also, Cousin Ramone (the biggest rat in Tijuana) in Daffy Rents.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Made even funnier by the fact that real Mexicans loved it (the cartoons had a Mexican making his Gringo foes look like idiots, after all.)
  • Spexico: Another reason Mexicans didn't mind it much was because it was an obvious intentional exaggeration of Mexican stereotypes, which even they love to use. For example, the mice weren't lazy, they just like taking Siestas (naps).
  • Super Speed: The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico!
  • A Taste of Defeat: On very rare occasions Speedy actually lost a short (eg. Mucho Locos and Chilli Con Corny). In a few others he defeated the villain, but got his victory soured in some manner (eg. He thwarts the bandit in Pancho's Hideaway, but the latter still gets a small last laugh).
  • Token Minority: One of the few Mexican characters in the Looney Tunes cast.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Daffy Duck, in his encounters with Speedy.
  • Villainous Underdog: Speedy's Super Speed more or less made him completely invincible, leading all his foes without a hope of capturing him. The Daffy shorts seemed to weaken Speedy slightly so Daffy was marginally threatening, but being a Looney Tunes series, it's still blatantly there at times.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Daffy. In some of their latest cartoons (like "Fiesta Fiasco" and "Skyscraper Caper") they appear to be somewhat friends.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Daffy.

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