Speedy Gonzales is taking a run at the big screen. Warner Bros. is developing an animated movie featuring the fleet-footed Looney Tunes character, EW has confirmed.
Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez is on board to voice Speedy, the sombrero-clad rodent who was once a fixture of Saturday morning cartoons. First introduced in 1953, the character was made over by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt into his recognizable form two years later, via a self-titled toon that won the Oscar for animated short. Mel Blanc voiced Speedy for decades.
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Derbez, who is also attached to produce alongside Ben Odell and Dylan Sellers, told Deadline he grew up watching Speedy cartoons. “He was like a superhero to us,” he said, “or maybe more like a revolutionario like Simon Bolivar or Pacho Villa.”
News of the project first surfaced late last year via the Tracking Board.