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Western Animation / Mexicali Shmoes

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Mexicali Shmoes is a 1959 Looney Tunes cartoon, starring Speedy Gonzales. It was directed by Friz Freleng.

Two cats, chubby Jose and his skinny friend Manuel, are lazing about, singing badly, when Speedy Gonzales shows up and essentially eggs them into a chase. Manuel is about to take off after Speedy when Jose stops him and tells him that it's no use chasing after Speedy, "the fastest mouse in all Mexico." Jose then explains that they have to use their wits to catch Speedy. Comic hijinks ensue as Speedy proves that he's as smart as he is fast.

One of two appearances of Speedy's cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez, the slowest mouse in all Mexico, who as it turns out has a trick of his own.

"You don't need the tropes. I have the tropes:"

  • Ash Face: Manuel gets this when the dynamite inside Speedy's hole blows up; Jose gets it at the end when he's shot in the face by Slowpoke.
  • Bowdlerization: When this cartoon is aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, the end gag where Jose captures Slowpoke Rodriguez was edited to remove the part where Slowpoke shoots Jose in the face with a gun just as Manuel tries to warn him that Slowpoke Rodriguez keeps a gun on him.
  • Fat and Skinny: Jose and Manuel.
  • For the Evulz:
    • From the hero, oddly enough, but there's no reason given for why Speedy runs up and dares the cats to chase after him.
    • After sticking his head in the mousehole and realizing that the stick of dynamite has not exploded yet, Jose gets Manuel to stick his head in instead. This is after the two briefly fight over who gets to eat Speedy.
    Manuel: (after getting blown in the face) Caramba.
  • Genre Savvy: Jose warns Manuel that they have no chance at catching Speedy by just running after him since the mouse completely outmatches them speed-wise, so he suggests using their wits to get him. Unfortunately, Speedy is as smart as he is fast.
  • Guile Hero: Speedy often used his wits as well. When the cats stuff a stick of dynamite in his hole, he sneaks up behind them and pops a plastic bag to trick them into thinking the dynamite exploded. The predictable result follows.
  • Hand Cannon: Slowpoke whips out a gun bigger than he is to defeat Jose.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: Jose explains how to catch Speedy to Manuel.
    Jose: You can't catch him weeth the feets. You've got to catch him, weeth the brains.
    Manuel: Brains? Where do we get thees brains?
    Jose: You don't need the brains. I have the brains.
  • I Warned You: Manuel tried to warn Jose that Slowpoke carries a gun. Unfortunately, Jose runs off after hearing about Slowpoke before Manuel can warn him and gets shot. Jose's response, in the absolute last shot of the cartoon:
    "Now he tell me!"
  • Shout-Out: Jose tries catching Speedy with a fishhook baited with cheese, explaining "The gringo Bugs Bunny, I see him do this one in the motion pictures."
  • Smoking Barrel Blowout: How Slowpoke celebrates shooting Jose in the face.
  • Super-Speed: Guess who? When Jose tries to catch Speedy with a rod and reel, Speedy drags him all the way to Los Angeles.