A fair few of the Speedy/Sylvester cartoons are entertaining, while Speedy has never been a favourite of mine I've always had a soft spot for Sylvester. Road to Andalay is not a great cartoon but it is a good one nonetheless, certainly better than pretty much all the Daffy/Speedy cartoons. The plot is very formulaic, if you are familiar with any of Sylvester and Speedy's other cartoons there is very little different here. The animation continues to be very limited, although the animation in early Speedy cartoons was reasonably good, the backgrounds are sparse and generic and the colours are flat rather than vibrant. The character designs are not too bad though. Speedy is far from annoying as he could be with Daffy but he's not particularly funny either. Bill Lava's music is lively and energetic and doesn't sound canned like it did in the Daffy/Speedy outings, it's not exceptional but it at least has character and enhances the action pretty well. The gags are standard but also quite entertaining and doesn't have a recycled vibe, Malcolm in the plane and the ending are the best parts, while the dialogue is suitably witty and the cartoon is reasonably well-paced. Sylvester is as cunning as ever, he takes the laughs well and you do feel sympathy for. He and Speedy are decent together(though Sylvester is much funnier here) and their relationship actually makes sense, unlike when Speedy was partnered with Daffy with a few exceptions. Malcolm steals the show from under both of them both, he is a hilarious character who is even more of a threat than Sylvester and the best bits are with him. His rapport with Sylvester is also far more inspired than Sylvester being with Speedy. Mel Blanc as ever provides stellar voice-work. On the whole, decent if not great cartoon that is worth seeing for Malcolm. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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