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Behind the Tunes: Needy for Speedy (2003)

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A documentary about Speedy Gonzales.
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A documentary about Speedy Gonzales.

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Created for the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Vol. 1" DVD box set. See more »

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Gringo pussycat catch me this time?
1 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

One of the several mini-documentaries created for the Volume 1 Looney Tunes DVDs. "Behind the Tunes: Needy for Speedy" pretty much assumes that the viewer knows little or nothing about the Fastest Mouse In Mexico. I know that the obvious problem with Speedy Gonzales is that his cartoons push almost every stereotype about our southern neighbor. The featurette probably should have mentioned that, and that Hispanics actually liked the fact that the cartoons portrayed a Mexican as the good guy. Overall, this and the rest of the mini-documentaries are OK, although there's little that we hardcore fans won't know. Worth seeing maybe once. I agree with the previous reviewer that the mini-documentaries significantly improved on Volume 2.

In my opinion, on the next DVD set, they should not only include many of the 1930s cartoons not yet included, but include a featurette about the pre-1948 color cartoons. Starting in 1956, Warner Bros. loaned the pre-1948 color cartoons to Associated Artists Productions, and United Artists acquired the rights to them in 1968 (WB regained the rights in the 1990s). Many of these cartoons not only ended up with the AAP logo at the beginning, but also ended up with the Blue Ribbon logo in place of the credits. I've always wanted to know more about all that.

OK, I digress. Anyway, the Speedy Gonzales documentary passes.


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