Slowpoke Rodriguez

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Slowpoke Rodriguez
First appearance Mexicali Shmoes (1959)
Voiced by Tom Holland and Frank Welker

Slowpoke Rodríguez ("Lento Rodríguez" in Spanish, though some more recent translations call him "Tranquilino") is a fictional animated cartoon mouse, part of the Looney Tunes' cast. His voice was provided by an uncredited Tom Holland and by Frank Welker. He is described as "the slowest mouse in all Mexico" from the country side of Mexico, and is a cousin to Speedy Gonzales, who is known as the fastest. However, he mentions to his cousin that while he may be slow in the feet, which he is best known for, he's not slow in "la cabeza" (the head). He speaks in a monotone voice and seems to never be surprised by anything. While he is the slowest mouse in all of Mexico he has been shown to have certain other (more extreme) methods of protecting himself.

Slowpoke only appeared in two cartoons alongside his cousin. The first, "Mexicali Shmoes" (1959), ends with two lazy cats, Jose and Manuel, the former learning the hard way that Slowpoke carries a gun (though the gun bit has been edited out of this cartoon in recent years). The second, "Mexican Boarders" (1962), revolves around Speedy trying to protect Slowpoke from Sylvester the Cat, but in the end, Slowpoke demonstrates his ability to hypnotize Sylvester into becoming his slave. The other mice comment at this point that "Slowpoke Rodriguez may be the slowest mouse in all Mexico, but he has the Evil Eye!". This short (which was later edited into Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales) contains a possible allusion to a marijuana habit when Slowpoke sings La Cucaracha. Despite his few appearances, "Lento Rodríguez" is an immensely popular character in Latin America.

Other appearances[edit]

Slowpoke appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Werewolf vs. Unicorn". In a segment satirizing California's immigration issue, Arnold Schwarzenegger, mistaking Slowpoke for Speedy Gonzales, criticizes him for taking an hour to fetch a glass of water. Schwarzenegger then orders Rodriguez's deportation, to which Rodriguez fears will cause his execution. Slowpoke also appears alongside Speedy in a commercial for Virgin Media's broadband service in the UK.

Slowpoke appears in The Looney Tunes Show episode "The Black Widow" voiced by Hugh Davidson.