Speedy Gonzales Movie to Give the ‘Looney Tunes’ Star a Robin Hood Origin Story
Speedy Gonzales might not be the first Looney Tunes character that comes to mind when you think of possible solo film spinoffs, but the lovable animated mouse is indeed getting his very own big screen outing. Why now? Why Speedy? According to the press release, the existence of Donald Trump makes Speedy and his diverse appeal more important than ever.
In the official press release from Warner Bros., producer David Sellers described the story idea for Speedy’s origins, citing Donald Trump as the reason why the character needs his own solo movie:
We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor. In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.
Mexican actor and director Eugenio Derbez, who helmed and starred in the box office hit Instructions Not Included, will voice Looney Tunes’ iconic hispanic character in the film, which is tentatively titled Speedy. Says Derbez:
In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales. He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pancho Villa. He watched out for the little people but with a lot of bravado and a weakness for the ladies. I’m really excited to be bringing this character to the big screen. And besides being Mexican— my full name is Eugenio Derbez Gonzalez and I have big ears. The casting couldn’t be better.
Warner Bros. describes the film as a “heist caper,” and will release both Spanish and English-language versions — which is a pretty brilliant move, appealing to the widest, most diverse audience possible. But it also makes sense, as Looney Tunes has always boasted a diverse fan base.
Originally voiced by Mel Blanc, Speedy made his debut in 1953 before he underwent a redesign for his own solo animated short. Blanc continued to voice the character until 1989, with other actors taking over in later years, including Fred Armisen. Speedy has been a controversial character in more recent years, with many feeling as though he represents stereotypes of Latino culture — despite his continued popularity in Mexico and South America.
The Speedy Gonzales movie has been in the works at WB since 2010, but the project has now been put on the fast-track. There is currently no release date.