Speedy Gonzales -The "fastest mouse in all Mexico"
on a series of cartoons made by Warner Brothers.
Speedy wore a typical peon outfit of white with a red kerchief around his
neck and a large brimmed sombrero on his head. Speedy debuted in the Merrie
Melodie cartoon Cat-Tails for Two (8/29/1953).
When he sped through the Ajax Cheese Company in search of food he screamed
"Arriba, Arriba! Andale! Arriba, Arriba Yeee-Haaah!"
Sylvester the Cat first chased this swift mouse in the Oscar®-winning
Speedy Gonzales (1955). Some of Speedy's cartoons featured his opposite, the
world's slowest mouse, Slow Poke Rodriquez.
Speedy appeared on segments of THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW/ABC/1960-62, THE BUGS
BUNNY/ROAD RUNNER SHOW/CBS/1971-78 and costarred in THE DAFFY/SPEEDY
In 1962, our fleet-of-foot rodent inspired a hit song entitled "Speedy
Gonzales," performed by the squeaky-clean pop rock singer, Pat Boone.
When Warner Brothers discontinued making the Speedy cartoons in 1968, they
loaned his voice out (Mel Blanc) to the
Frito Bandito, a Mexican outlaw who was
an animated commercial spokesperson for Frito-Lay Corn Chips.
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