George Lopez’s Speedy Gonzales Movie to Please Viewers Who Love Second-Tier Looney Tunes Characters and Wish There Was Any Way to Watch Their Humorous Adventures Nowadays

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02/24/2010 3:33 PM |

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Speedy Gonzales, the somewhat discomfitingly racially stereotyped version of the Roadrunner, will soon get his own movie, starring the vocal talents and sitcom-safe “Latino people be like this…” humor of George Lopez.

No word yet on who will voice Sylvester the cat, but it will probably be me (I have a moderate lisp).

On a related note, dozens of original Looney Tunes cartoons can be streamed for free on the WB Kids website and elsewhere.

¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!

3 Comment

  • Man, I really liked Speedy Gonzales when I was a kid, and I couldn’t tell you why. I guess because he’s cuter then the average Looney Tune character? I was nuts for pretty much all things Looney Tunes, but still, Speedy was not their finest hour (you’re right, it’s basically Roadrunner plus talking minus the really epic slapstick). The thing is, from what I’ve read, even though the racial stuff is troubling, the character has a big Latino cult following, so it kinda makes sense that he gets his own movie.

    Then again, Warner Brothers often gives the impression that they have no idea what to do with their classic cartoon characters, and turning Speedy Gonzales into the Chipmunks or Garfield or whatever won’t help (unless by “help” I mean “gross $150 million dollars handily” — it probably will do that).

  • Apparently the Joe Dante Looney Tunes movie is pretty good–and I loved Tiny Toon Adventures as a kid–but in general I question the necessity of updating the Looney Tunes, not because they’re somehow sacred because the type of live-wire imaginative energy that made them so worthwhile is one of the many qualities seemingly in short supply in contemporary Hollywood studios.

    (The film will be scripted by the Garfield team, apparently.)

  • That Dante Looney Tunes movie *is* pretty good… though maybe not quite as good as a Joe Dante Looney Tunes movie should be, I’m assuming because WB execs got confused by its lack of Space Jamminess. But at least you can see that at least some of the people working on the movie got it.

    I don’t think they need to be updated; it would just be nice if these characters could be used for the occasional good cartoon, not just to sell stuff. (And I bet they would sell way more stuff, incidentally, if they were ever using their characters in good cartoons.) There isn’t a lot of inventive energy coming from the studios, no, but animation is one area where they seem a bit more willing to experiment with different tones and techniques, at least based on recent output.