Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Worst Idea of the Century, So Far

Say it ain't so:
Speedy Gonzales, the hyperactive Warner Brothers rodent who calls himself “the fastest mouse in all Mexico,” is on the fast track for his own feature film... [T]his “Speedy Gonzales” film, which will be made by New Line Cinema, will avoid outdated depictions of the cartoon character.
OK, look, I admit it: I absolutely love Speedy Gonzalez.  They're great cartoons.  They're also based on bigoted stereotypes.  You can't pull that thread out; you have to either enjoy the cartoon while simultaneously being quite aware of how problematic it is, or if you can't do that, just don't watch the cartoon.

George Lopez is apparently behind this, and I have nothing against George Lopez, but this can't possibly work.  I mean, outside of the other main reason it can't work (unless Lopez happens to have a Chuck Jones or Friz Freleng up his sleeve).  Apparently they've only now commissioned people to write it (and  people responsible for perpetrating Garfield movies, just in case you weren't completely sold on what a bad idea this is), so perhaps the thing will die before ever seeing a movie screen.  One can only hope. 


  1. I was going to object, until I remembered that "Blues Brothers 2000" was made in the previous century.

  2. Ah, the eternal argument: is it a worse idea to do a pointless and horrible remake of a mediocre movie, or a great one?

    Tom's blogged on BB2000 recently -- everyone should go read what he said, and then stick around and check out his excellent new site:

  3. Stereotypes or not, it did provide me with my first ever Spanish lesson: ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!


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