Speedy Gonzales (1955)


Speedy Gonzales Speedy Gonzales Review

 Speedy Gonzales is a 1955 Merry Melodies animated short starring the titular character. It received the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Sylvester the Cat is terrorizing the mice at the Mexican border and they can’t get to the cheese factory. They bring Speedy Gonzales to help them get cheese. And of course he tricks the cat and provides everyone cheese. Now, the use of Mexican language here is interesting. On the one hand, I would have liked to have understood what they were saying all the time. But on the other hand, it was funny and some lines that are easy to understand were pretty hilarious.

The film’s structure is excellent as it is evenly split into three acts. The action could have been better as it isn’t the greatest, but some of it is pretty solid. I liked the use of each character and especially the cat who was very amusing. The ending is easily the highlight of the whole short as it was just such a hysterical conclusion with such a funny line from Gonzales. The short is also well animated and scored and it is all around very well made, but it isn’t as great as it could have been owing to its somewhat weaker second act.

Speedy Gonzales is well structured, funny and very well made with such an amusing ending.

 My Rating – 4.2

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