Speedy Gonzales, Vol. 1Closed Captioning
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The fastest mouse in all of Mexico makes his way to iTunes in this exclusive collection of 15 Looney Tunes shorts. Produced and directed from 1953 to 1964 by legendary animator Fritz Freleng, these unforgettable episodes include Speedy Gonzales’s animation debut in 1953 with “Cat-Tails for Two,” followed by the 1955 Academy Award® winner “Speedy Gonzales” which introduced Sylvester the Cat (or “El Gringo Pussygato” to Senor Gonzales) as Speedy’s regular arch nemesis whose attempts to guard a Mexican cheese factory are foiled time and again by a certain very rapid rodent. Also making an appearance in this classic compendium is Speedy’s lethargic cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, who ambles his way through “Mexicali Shmoes” and “Mexican Boarders.” With special appearances by other one-of-a-kind characters like El Vulturo, the Bandito Bird and more, the fleet-footed comic-adventures of Speedy Gonzales are not to be missed. So, what are you waiting for? Ándale! Arriba!
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoCat-Tails for Two||Elmer reads a book on how to photograph and then heads out to nature to try and take some pictures. Out in the wilderness Elmer runs into a lot of grief when Bugs Bunny enters the frame.||6:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoSpeedy Gonzales||Hungry Mexican mice are kept out of a cheese factory by Sylvester. Speedy has to try to get cheese for the mice.||6:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoGonzales' Tamales||All the male mice are fed up with Speedy's womanizing ways so they forge a note to Sylvester declaring war on Speedy's behalf. Sylvester fights Speedy, trying to use a gun, a wind-up seniorita doll, and a grenade to try and thwart the quick mouse.||6:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoTasbasco Road||Speedy Gonzales has to save his two friends, Pablo and Fernando, from cats they have angered.||6:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoTortilla Flaps||A hungry vulture interrupts a Mexican mouse fiesta, and it is up to Speedy Gonzales to stop the bird and save the mice.||6:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoHere Today, Gone Tamale||The starving mice can only dream of cheese, but when a ship comes to shore packed full of cheese they must figure out a way to get a hold of it. Sylvester guards the ship, but Speedy has a way of getting past all of Sylvester's traps and defenses.||6:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoMexicali Shmoes||The Mexicali Shmoes are two cats who are on the lookout for Speedy. They lure Speedy to them with the promise of having a fiesta, but once Speedy is near they use their instruments as weapons to try and capture him. They never end up catching Speedy, they only injure themselves in their attempts.||6:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoWest of the Pesos||In an experimental lab, Mexican mice are guinea pigs awaiting their doom. In their hometown, the mice send Speedy Gonzales to tackle the guard cat, Sylvester and save the mice.||6:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoCannery Woe||Speedy Gonzales is recruited by a local political group to get cheese from a well-guarded cheese shop.||6:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Pied Piper of Guadalupe||Sylvester can't catch any mice while chasing them through a Mexican town. He dresses up like a "Pied Piper" and hypnotizes all the mice into doing what he says, except for one. Speedy rescues his friends one by one as Sylvester chases after him. Speedy pulls pranks on Sylvester and wins.||6:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoMexican Boarders||Speedy's cousin, Slowpoke Rodriquez, comes to visit and puts Speedy in danger of being caught by Sylvester. Speedy beats of Sylvester by putting Tabasco sauce in his mouth and Slowpoke hypnotizes him into being their slave for the night and has him fix them a snack.||6:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoChili Weather||The local Guadalajara mice need food from the local food processing plant. Sylvester won't let them have it and Speedy is called upon to solve the problem.||6:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoA Message to Gracias||Speedy is trying to deliver a message to General Gracias when Sylvester chases after him. The message says: Happy Birthday and when Speedy sees this and thinks of all that he had to overcome to get the message delivered safely and he is mad at the leader who sent him. He lets Sylvester chase the leader for revenge for sending him on such a dangerous errand for such an unimportant message.||6:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoNuts and Volts||Sylvester chases Speedy so long he gets tired and tries to use electronics to trap him. Most of the electronics backfire and explode on Sylvester.||6:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoPancho's Hideaway||Bandit Pancho Vanilla robs the town bank and everyone in the town is upset about losing their money. Speedy hears about this and decides to steal the money back from Vanilla one coin at a time. Speedy beats Vanilla at all his tricks and is able to return all the money to the bank.||6:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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"The Fastest Mouse in All Mexico"
One of the last major characters in the Looney Tunes stable, the Mexican rodent first appeared in 1953's "Cat-Tails for Two", but he looks different than the Speedy we know. The modern design of Speedy Gonzales first appeared in his self-titled Oscar-winning short, a classic that (in my opinion) every kid should see. Speedy also scored Oscar nominations for "Tabasco Road", "Mexicali Shmoes", and "The Pied Piper of Guadalupe", three other highlights of this set. Ironically, while Warner Bros. pushed Speedy into the background for a few years out of political correctness, Speedy's native country is actually quite fond of him. He is also known for going out with "everybody's sister", which becomes a key plot point of "Gonzales' Tamales".
Not offensive, but not speaking Spanish either
As a Mexican-American, I never found this to be offensive. Now that I'm an adult, ok it does have some stereotypes (attire, pathetic Tex-Mex dialect like "Beeg" or "Scienteefic", etc) but Speedy Gonzales is the good guy, so I still stand by my first sentence.
My only major gripe is the Closed Captioning when they are "speaking Spanish." That's not Spanish, it's broken Spanish, and they should've known better.
Still, enjoy for what it is: funny, silly, and a bit absurd.