Skip to comments.George Lopez to voice Speedy Gonzales in live action/CG movie
Posted on 02/24/2010 10:35:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
(Beck) From the story in todays Hollywood Reporter:
We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s the racist Speedy, said the comedians wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer. Speedys going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and hes a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what hes good at. That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver.
(Beck): The racist Speedy? Pardon me, but the Speedy I know from the 1950s cartoons was a hero, a champion. I would suggest the writers watch a few of the cartoons before inventing a scenario from whole cloth.
I think Cartoon Network took off Speedy Gonzales due to complaints about racial stereotypes.
Here's a Speedy short, Mexicali Schmoes
The Hollywood Reporter article:
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Speedy Gonzales is taking his folk-hero status, incredible speed and signature red kerchief to the big screen, with help from George Lopez.
The comedian is attached to provide the voice of the fastest mouse in all Mexico for a politically correct live-action/CG hybrid feature set up at New Line Cinema.
The Looney Tunes character debuted in the 1950s as a regular nemesis of Sylvester the Cat. A 1955 short about the tiny hero, "Speedy Gonzales," won the Academy Award for best short subject, (cartoon). Pat Boone even released a hit song about the famous mouse in 1962.
Over the years, Speedy appeared in the live-action/animation features "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Space Jam" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action." But the character has often courted criticism that the ethnic characterizations of him and his compatriots (especially lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez) are stereotypically racist and severely outdated.
Aware of this, New Line and the producers plan to update the brand with a modernized sensibility.
"We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s -- the racist Speedy," said the comedian's wife Ann Lopez, who will serve alongside him as a producer. "Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at."
That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver.
"Garfield" scribes Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen will write the script.
Lopez hosts "Lopez Tonight" on TBS and appears in New Line's ensemble hit "Valentine's Day," which has grossed $158 million worldwide after two weekends. He also recently starred in "The Spy Next Door" and provided a voice for "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."
If it’s George Lopez, then he can call on the support of his Chicano American Brothers and Mexican illegals to support and hoot for him. I’m tired of hearing him crow about how Latinos are taking over and illegals are not going to go home. He can suck it.
As Speedy’s cousin would say, “where do we get these brains?”
Too bad, since some of his stuff is funny, like when he went off on the greens once, saying that “Latino’s don't give a #### about global warming” -—
Thanks for the warning. I'll be sure to miss this, and stick with the Warner Bros. cartoons.
Next is a remake of Popeye...except he won’t smoke a pipe, won’t have a ‘sqeenky’ eye, won’t eat his vegetables, won’t engage in violent encounters, and won’t be a he.
Other than that, Popeye will be the same cartoon millions of kids grew up with.
Lopez is far more racist than Speedy ever was!
Speedy Gonzales wasn’t racist. It was a sex joke.
Mel Blanc even knew the joke (and I think it was alluded to in one of the shorts).
“Speedy Gonzales is in love with my sister!”
“Speedy Gonzales loves EVERYBODY’S SISTER!”
Well, yet another waste of time from the Hollyweird elites.
Teen Wolf is being remade with a girl lead
Red Dawn is being remade with I could only guess what liberal messages
A-Team is on the way... trailer looks pretty good.
Nothing original coming, you can bet on that
Methinks it will be the Indians (from India) who will sink the so-called "global" obsession over climate change.
I don’t think anyone should include Space Jam in their filmography. OUCH.
Thank you for posting the link to the full cartoon.
I just enjoyed five minutes of sanity from this miserable world.
Jose and Manuel, the Cats, are no more stupid, lazy or evil than Wile E. Coyote, who is 100% American!
WB was an equal opportunity insulter! hahahahahahahahahaha
Nobody at my house will see it because of the racist that has been cast in the starring roll.
Meanwhile teen sex comedies are for the all ages crowd. Better to go "unrated" than NC-17 or even R.
Well they did do a live action version of Popeye in 1980 or so with Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall. Never saw, prob just as well.
Let’s remake an old cartoon-hits Hollywood again
Looney Tunes Back in Action
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (OK, that one was GOOD)
Boris and Natasha (with moose and squirrel)
Jetsons: The Movie (they replaced the orig voice of
Judy with Tiffany...)
Flintstones & Flint 2 Viva Rock Vegas (think that was the title)
Dennis the Menace
There are plans for a live action/cartoon blend of Yogi Bear
It’s too bad...he was funny before he went ‘La Raza’.....
Will Oliver Stoned’s new Wall Street be set in the 1990s which REALLY WERE the decade of GREED? Much of the nation opposed impeachment because they didn’t want to see the stock market fall. The internet bubble burst and the market collapsed anyway.
Yes and talents like Mel Blanc (voices) and Friz Freleng (dir.) gave us so much fun. Later Freleng partnered with
producer David Depatie to form the cartoon studio that gave us the Pink Panther.
Los dos gatos locos, and the one who referred to that
“camejo loco”, Bugs Bunny...
RACIST HATEFUL QUOTES FROM GEORGE LOPEZ:
Lopez said, “I usually don’t let politics upset me, but this is crazy. Sarah Palin, la cabrona.”
When asked why golf was a favored pastime, Lopez responded “Any chance I can get to hit something that’s white.”
You neglected to include George of the Jungle and Dudley DoRight (something else that should appear in no-one’s official filmography)
If you watched the cartoon I linked above, note that Slowpoke Rodriguez packs...a gun. Nope, I bet that won’t do in the new version. Slowpoke no doubt is a member of El Associacion
Rifle* Nacional de Mexico...
*—don’t know the Sp. translation of the word!
George Lopez is an expert on racists. He is one.
Lopez sucks. Carlos Mencia rules.
I grew up with those Wonderful cartoons, and they NEVER caused me to hate or be prejudiced against ANYBODY!
As a matter of fact, I learned some SPANISH! hahaha!
I remember seeing Song of the South when it was briefly re-issued on the big screen in late 70s or early 80s. I knew it wasn’t going to be an official DVD release by Disney but a site offered it (from a British print) and even threw in a non-Disney short, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves (Warner Bros.)& I bought it. I couldn’t find much racism in SotS to speak of;
there were some stereotypes in Coal Black as there were in a few other “banned” shorts, but Coal Black was funny and had great music.
And then there was that “Crow” Scene in Dumbo!
But The Crows were the ones who HELPED Dumbo, encouraged him, and actually saved his little LIFE! They were the Good Guys,
even though they had “dark feathers and sang with a Negro Dialect” LOL
Actually, there was a late 70’s incarnation of Popeye called “The All-New Popeye Hour” that wasn’t too far from your description. I think he still ate spinach, but there was no fighting, none of the slapstick humor, and every episode had some sort of public service message written into it. For instance, one of Popeye’s nephews learns the important lesson of crossing the street safely.
BTW, there was another cartoon about that time that was even MORE PC. There was a show based on King Features Syndicate characters (Alley Oop, etc) that used every episode to teach (read: indoctrinate) the kiddies. I still remember the episode where Brunhilde the Witch had to have an intervention because of her excessive drinking. <— (I swear I am not making that up!)
Classic Tom and Jerry is the cartoon equivalent of Sam Peckinpah.
For that matter, I don’t even think you could make a movie called “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs” these days. The “Dwarfs” would have to be an ethnically mixed group of people of different sizes and sexual orientations.
Most of the cartoon anthologies have that. The Warner Golden Collections are notable, though the label is deserved; one Bugs cartoon in particular has Our Hero sneaking into the South to get to a record carrot crop. He has to get past Yosemite Sam (as a civil war soldier who doesn’t know the war is over) to get there, and at one point Bugs goes into blackface, complete with the “yassuh mastah” routine: “don’ beat me massuh, i be good” etc.
It’s not “Bugs Nips the Nips”, but it’s not much better.
Popeye was gay. From his Querelle de Brest clothes (would have fit in well along the west side piers back in the 1970s) his love for a boyish woman, and his fascination with butch Bluto/Brutus, its kinda obvious. I also believe that Sweet Pea was conceived via artificial insemination.
Most of the problem people have with SoTS is the “Uncle Remus” character. Particularly, in his interactions with the white people on the plantation, and in the disparity of living conditions. The thing most people forget though, is that things were really like that; while others protest that it romanticizes things too much (which may be true, since it is Disney). However, some go so far as to call Brer Rabbit racist too, even though Brer Rabbit (who is black) is constantly outwitting Fox and Bear, who are white.
"So solly! Excuse, prease!"
You may have a point!
And Mighty Mouse was a coke head.
>>when they became “friends.”
I remember the Simpsons episode where Marge complained to the TV station/network about violent cartoons (that’s right, she’s a cartoon character herself) and they changed it. The new Itchy and Scratchy theme became:
They share, and love, and share and share and love
Share, share, share, love, love, love
The Itchy and Scratchy show...
Kids hated it.
I remeber when he was complaining that there weren’t enough mexicans on US tv. Has he ever watched Telmundo? Those are some of the whitest mexicans I’ve ever seen, why not bitch at them? Oh yeah, he wants to see sterotypical mexicans. Racist dip shit.
Oh my no.
Especially “Whistling while they worked” in a dangerous MINE with NO UNION! LOL
That's because said episode was directed by Ralph "Fritz the Cat" Bakshi. It was like having R. Crumb take over "Annie."
Song Of The South takes place AFTER the Civil War. Uncle Remus is a free man.
Speedy was a racist? I always thought he treated every predator the same; who knew?
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