(Oh sure, and the fast mouse is the racist.)
Noted Mexican George Lopez is set to voice Speedy Gonzalez in an upcoming movie for New Line. The company was careful to note that this won’t be the “racist”, Looney Tunes version of Speedy that you’re used to, in which Mexicans are unfairly depicted as lightning-fast cartoon rodents. From Reuters:
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of him and his compatriots (especially lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez) are stereotypically racist and severely outdated.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.”
Mira, Speedy, ju need to eslow down. Ju selleen los oranges muy, muy queeckly. Ju makeen jour cousens look bad. Ay yay yay, we’re so esleepy.
That path becomes clearer once Speedy befriends a gun-shy race-car driver.
Sources say Speedy becoming a racecar driver will be PC because it cuts against the usual stereotype of driving 25 down the shoulder with no insurance. Said Danny Trejo, “We’re low rideen, puto.”
Old Looney Tunes cartoons are so awesome.