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SPEEDY: Animated Speedy Gonzales Film In Development

Speedy Gonzales

Warner Bros. producing animated film featuring Speedy Gonzales. The film, tentatively entitled Speedy, will mark the first time the Looney Tunes character has been the subject of a feature-length film.

It is also reported that Warner Bros. has tapped Mexican actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez to voice the beloved character. Perhaps best known to American audiences as Felipe in Adam Sandler‘s Jack and Jill, Derbez is renowned throughout his home country for his numerous TV roles as well as providing the voice for Donkey in the Spanish-language version of Shrek.

Asked about the report, Derbez confirmed his involvement in the film and expressed pleasure at being offered the role:

“In Mexico we grew up watching Speedy Gonzales,” Derbez told Deadline. “He was like a superhero to us, or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho 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.”

Speedy Gonzales started out as a character in another cartoon before animators Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt introduced him in an animated short of his own in 1955. Then, the legendary Mel Blanc voiced the mouse. That short, which also featured Looney Tunes’ Sylvester the Cat, ended up winning the Academy Award for best short subject.

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