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Warner Bros. may be looking to make a Speedy Gonzales animated feature

04.04.2016

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It's a tough world out there for some classic Looney Tunes characters to exist and resonate with young audiences. The way we think about these characters from a bygone era has changed, and so it makes it difficult to look at the characteristics of what made many of them popular and see where they might fit into our modern-day sensibilities. Yosemite Sam is a bit of a chain smoker, which doesn't play well with us as we've become more health conscious. Pepe Le Pew is kind of a rapist, so... well, now we know. And Speedy Gonzales is built on being a Mexican stereotype, which we don't really do anymore as we've become more aware of racial sensitivities toward how they're portrayed in our media.

That makes it rather curious to hear Warner Bros. is eyeing Speedy Gonzales for his very own animated feature film right now with Eugenio Derbez voicing the exceptionally fast mouse. Tentatively titled SPEEDY right now, Hank Nelken (ARE WE DONE YET? and SAVING SILVERMAN) is working on the script which would takes Gonzales and put him in some sort of heist caper. There is no timetable for the film's turnaround at this point.

I wonder how anyone is going to approach Speedy Gonzales without making some wholesale changes to who he is. I cannot imagine them keeping him the same, because of the aforementioned issues, but, in changing him to make him less stereotypical, then he ceases to be the once-popular character. It's a tight line for Warner Bros. to walk, and I don't envy their position one bit.

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Source: Deadline

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9:27PM on 04/04/2016
It should be noted that Warners pulled all the Speedy cartoons off TV a while back but started getting a lot of requests to return them from Hispanic fans of the series.
Speedy is really almost an anti Mexican stereotype and is the hero of the shorts who wins in the end.
It should be noted that Warners pulled all the Speedy cartoons off TV a while back but started getting a lot of requests to return them from Hispanic fans of the series.
Speedy is really almost an anti Mexican stereotype and is the hero of the shorts who wins in the end.
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5:00PM on 04/04/2016
10 to 1 odds a Trump wall joke is in the script somewhere.
10 to 1 odds a Trump wall joke is in the script somewhere.
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4:52PM on 04/04/2016

Million dollars says it'll be a CGI/Live-Action hybrid.

Where Speedy winds up in Los Angeles or New York.
And winds up in some kind of Race series, where he'll lose his mojo.
Then some kid whose family takes Speedy in will help him get his groove back.
Will Arnett or David Cross (or insert generic semi-recognizable comedian) will be the comically-unrealistic villain.
Recent Pop Song theme.
55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Where Speedy winds up in Los Angeles or New York.
And winds up in some kind of Race series, where he'll lose his mojo.
Then some kid whose family takes Speedy in will help him get his groove back.
Will Arnett or David Cross (or insert generic semi-recognizable comedian) will be the comically-unrealistic villain.
Recent Pop Song theme.
55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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3:27PM on 04/04/2016
Cue all the racist jokes.
Cue all the racist jokes.
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4:03PM on 04/04/2016
How did the man get to the finish line? He raced!
How did the man get to the finish line? He raced!
4:05PM on 04/04/2016
That's a really cynical view.
That's a really cynical view.
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