¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! are the famous words shouted from the classic Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales. Now we can all thank New Line Cinema for bringing this character to the big screen in a live-action CG hybrid feature film with comedian George Lopez providing the voice of the character.
As much as I love the super fast rodent, I'm just not a big fan of these kinds of live-action CG hybrid cartoon movies. The story and script that are developed for these kinds of characters are almost never good. I'm not sure why they can't make a good film with these characters and elements, the "talent" they bring in must not be very talented. Who knows, maybe it will end up being a decent film, maybe the studios have learned a thing or two from Pixar. It is possible to make a great animated kids film.
Known as the fastest mouse in all of Mexico, Speedy debuted in the 1950s as a regular nemesis of Sylvester the Cat. Speedy has already seen his share of movie screen time in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
As you may or may not know, this character has sparked some controversy over his ethnic characterizations with groups saying that he is stereotypically racist. Because of this, New Line and the producers of the film plan to update the brand with a modernized sensibility. It will take place in present day, and will get what producer Anne Lopez calls George's "Latino seal of approval." Lopez explains,
We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s -- the racist Speedy. 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.
On his journey, Speedy finds and befriends a gun-shy race car driver.
So what do you think about Speedy Gonzales getting his own film?
Here is a little clip from one of Speedy's episodes, he not featured in this clip, but it shows how far cartoons have come. Cartoons just don't do stuff like this anymore.