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Little Pancho Vanilla (1938)

Little Pancho Vanilla dreams of becoming a bullfighter, but his mother tells him that's impossible. The greatest bullfighter in Mexico, Don Jose, is coming to town; Pancho tells the local ... See full summary »

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Little Pancho Vanilla dreams of becoming a bullfighter, but his mother tells him that's impossible. The greatest bullfighter in Mexico, Don Jose, is coming to town; Pancho tells the local women he's better, so he goes to the amateur tryout, but he gets thrown out because he's so small. The bull quickly disposes of the other amateurs, sending one over the fence, where he catapults Pancho into the ring right on top of the bull, knocking out the bull to great acclaim from the crowd. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Pretty Maidens
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Speedy Gonzales before there was one
24 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, I admit that Frank Tashlin's "Little Pancho Vanilla" totally stereotypes Mexico as the land of handsome bullfighters and jolly senoritas. But you can't deny that it's actually a pretty clever cartoon. Whether the most famous bullfighter in the world - well, at least in Mexico - resembles Clark Gable, or the bull apparently has a thing for pool, there are more than a few gags here.

What we need to understand about these cartoons is that the Termite Terrace crowd wasn't badmouthing blacks, Hispanics, etc.; in fact, many of the cartoons display admiration of these various cultures. The rather unpleasant portrayals of non-white people was done innocently. So I do recommend this cartoon, both for its cleverness and as a look at Warner Bros. animation's early days.

One more thing. I would hope that nowadays, we're less tempted to use Pancho Villa for humor. You must realize that he fought for the rights of the oppressed people in Mexico, so it seems inappropriate to mock him. One of his greatest quotes was "I want to die a slave to principles and not to men."


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