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Pancho's Hideaway (1964)

A hot-tempered bandit, Pancho Vanilla, robs a Mexican bank and rushes to his hideout to count the loot. Speedy Gonzales, Mexico's fastest mouse, follows Pancho there, intending to return ... See full summary »

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A hot-tempered bandit, Pancho Vanilla, robs a Mexican bank and rushes to his hideout to count the loot. Speedy Gonzales, Mexico's fastest mouse, follows Pancho there, intending to return the money to the bank. He challenges Pancho to a duel and then speeds past him again and again, bringing every cent of the money back to the bank and causing a flustered and enraged Pancho to shoot himself in the feet. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Great 1960s WB Short Just Before The Decline Of The Series.
8 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm with everyone else who finds this to be one of the better '60s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. I grew up on watching the LT/MM cartoons from that decade, but I knew nothing of the history nor saw any problems with the majority of them at the time. After reading about it, I do know and see why many people have beef with them now, as from the mid-late '60s, in the Depatie-Freleng Enterprises and Warner Bros. 7 Arts eras, especially with the infamous Daffy vs. Speedy cartoons, this was around the time that the series was considered to decline in quality in every technical aspect of them. I didn't know that was due to lower budget and that budget was what affected how the cartoons resulted. The majority of viewers seem to detest most, if not all, of those, so much they'd rather at least pretend that they don't exist and the DFE and W-7 Arts shorts never happened. They would soon prove to be too much worlds apart from many shorts prior to these eras, in how the art style and animation evolved, or as some would rather put it, devolved or degraded.

But as the first WB cartoon under DFE, it made for a great, strong start. It also marked the first featurette using William Lava's repetitive rearrangement of The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down, in addition to the abstract, stylized WB logo title card with a black background rather than the WB shield within the rings, as they appeared throughout much of the series' run. I believe I prefer the previous intro and outro cards more too. Anyway, a Mexican, Yosemite Sam-esque bandit known as Pancho Vanilla goes on a robbery spree. So it's up to Mexican mouse, Speedy Gonzales, to tango with Pancho to get the stolen money back from him and to the bank.

I didn't have any favorite Speedy cartoons growing up, but I think that this would most likely be one for me. What more can I say about this? Well, the animation quality is still good enough next to several others following this. Pancho is more suited to go against Speedy and it would've been better if there were more shorts featuring him and less of Daffy going against Speedy instead, and I wish there were. Would've liked to see how others would've been done. There should've been more featuring him and deservedly so. Seeing all the moments with Pancho constantly get foiled in some way or another by Speedy are hilarious, of course. Recommended, as it's definitely one of the '60s LT/MM 'toons worth seeing more than once.


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