Speedy Gonzalez is Making a Comeback, In a Less Racist Form

And the hits just keep on a-comin’. Word from Jay A. Hernandez over at Heat Vision is that Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub is looking to bring back the fastest mouse in Mexico. Yes, Speedy Gonzalez might be the next in the long line of cartoon favorites to make their way to the big screen. He would join the likes of Alvin and the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear and even Marmaduke.

According to the report, the new Speedy Gonzalez pic will be written by Garfield writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, and will be a live-action/CGI hybrid similar to the other films mentioned in paragraph one. George Lopez is already attached to voice Gonzalez.

And this is where things go wrong. The original animated Speedy Gonzalez — known as the fastest mouse in all Mexico, purveior of many fine red kerchiefs and wooer of many lady mice — was voiced by Mel Blanc, and more recently by Bob Bergen. Both men (and those who came in between) worked off of the voicing that Blanc did the 50s, 60s and 70s, giving Speedy a very unique voice. Uniquely stereotypical and unlike any Mexican person I’ve ever met, but unique nonetheless. To throw George Lopez in as Speedy may complicate things. Unless the man has voice talents that we’ve never seen before, his Speedy Gonzalez might sound vastly different from the original. Then again, the original was a little racist. And according to producer Anne Lopez, that’s exactly what they’re trying to avoid:

“We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” Anne Lopez said with a chuckle. “Speedy’s going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.”

As I always say: ¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! (or something less racist).

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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