If you were like me and watched Looney Tunes as a kid, you’ll remember Speedy Gonzales. He’s a quick little mouse some consider awesome and others see as a racist stereotype of Mexicans. The cartoon has been around since the 50s, when racism was acceptable, but isn’t on the air any more. It’s last home, Cartoon Network, took it off the air around the turn of the century.
That isn’t stopping George Lopez though. His company “George Lopez Presents” is bringing Speedy Gonzales to the big screen as a live-action/CGI hybrid film, penned by Garfield writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen. Exciting. Anne Lopez told THR that the character will be updated for modern times.
“We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy,” Anne Lopez said with a chuckle. “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.”
Well, at least they aren’t making a third Garfield. I wish they’d skip the CGI and bring back live-action meets traditional animation, ala Space Jam and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, or just make it all animated and skip the gimmicks. Better yet, lets just call the whole thing off.