Speedy Gonzales – The Fastest Mouse In Mexico
Speedy Gonzales is the fastest mouse in the entire country of Mexico. He wears a large yellow sombrero, traditional, part of the native Mexican attire. Speedy uses his super speed to steal cheese and other foods in order to help out his poor fellow villagers. In many of his cartoons, he is in a feud with Sylvester the Cat.
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Popularly known as Speedy, this animated character appeared in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon series where it was described as the fastest mouse in Mexico. His attire was an oversized yellow hat, white shirt and trousers, and a red handkerchief having similarities with the traditional Mexican attires.
Some of its major appearances were Cat – Tails for Two, which gave it its debut appearance on TV screens which was in 1953 before it went on to appear in the cartoon series that gave it its popular name, Speedy Gonzales in 1955. It was Tabasco Road in 1957 and The Pied Piper of Guadalupe in 1961.
Other appearances were in Daffy Duck’s Movie: Fantastic in 1983, and a cameo appearance in 1988 in Who framed Roger Rabbit. It continued to feature in other cartoon and even films with the very popular Space Jam being one of them.
Its efforts were recognised in 1955 when it won the Academy Award for Short Subject (Cartoon).
Besides being a major character in movies and cartoon series, it also made its name in other media with Pat Boone scoring a top ten hit in 1962 with the release of the song that had the name of the character as its title. It featured Mel Blanc giving phrases as Speedy. Manolo Munoz and A.B. Quintanilla’s Kunbia All Starz also sang the song and even had Speedy featuring in the video.
It also had its share of the advertising dollars after it was licensed by Volkswagen in 2006 to do a series of commercials in Spanish language for the Golf brand of the car manufacturing giant.
Makers of video games also had some bit of Speedy Gonzales appearing in Mega Drive’s Cheese Cat – Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales and Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos for SNES.
It also made some advertising appearances for Virgin Media in 2010.
Speedy Gonzales had troubled times even with its wide acceptance and popularity especially as it concerned stereotypes. Some quarters, especially from Cartoon Network, felt the character portrayed an offensive Mexican stereotype and decided to shelve its films after the outfit gained the exclusive rights to broadcast them in the late nineties. This however had little or no effect on the popularity of the character especially among Latin Americans with different campaigns put up on bringing Speedy back to the screens of viewers which led to its return to Cartoon Network in 2002. It was actually tagged a “cultural icon” by some people.