Speedy Gonzales (film)

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Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales Titles.jpg
The title card of Speedy Gonzales
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer
(uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Stan Freberg
(uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byGerry Chiniquy
Ted Bonnicksen
Arthur Davis
Virgil Ross
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 17, 1955 (1955-09-17)
Running time
6 minutes 45 seconds
LanguageEnglish

Speedy Gonzales is a 1955 Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng from a story by Warren Foster. It is the official debut of the title character. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.[1][2] This cartoon is the first time Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester meet.

Plot[edit]

The short opens on a small, worried group of Mexican mice thinking of how to get cheese from the AJAX cheese factory across the Mexican–American border that is guarded by Sylvester the Cat. Sylvester has eaten any mice who have tried. The leader comes up with a brilliant idea: Gain the services of the aptly named "Speedy Gonzales". The group agrees, so the leader goes to the carnival where Speedy resides.

Speedy Gonzales is at the carnival attraction "Shoot Speedy" in which people try to shoot Speedy with bullets from a gun in order to "win a beeg prize." The leader tells Speedy, in Spanish, about the dire situation the mice are in, not having access to the cheese guarded by Sylvester. Speedy agrees to help and runs through the field between the mice and Sylvester to fetch an armfull of cheese with each turn. After failing to catch Speedy by hand, Sylvester employs a hand net, mousetraps, landmines, baseball equipment, and a pipe to funnel Speedy right into his mouth, but Speedy manages to thwart him every time.

Finally getting fed up, Sylvester gets all the cheese from the factory, stacks it, and uses dynamite to blow it all up. However, all the cheese ends up raining down on the mice, causing Sylvester to cry and bang his head on an electric pole in vexation. Speedy ends the short by saying: "I like this pussycat fellow; he's silly!"

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 28th Academy Awards (1955) Nominees and Winners - Short Subject (Cartoon)". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Speedy Gonzales". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018 – via www.imdb.com. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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