Warner Bros. has been anything but speedy when it comes to making a feature film centered around their iconic Looney Tunes star Speedy Gonzales, the “fastest mouse in all Mexico.”
For good reason perhaps because he’s not an easy character to adapt. In his first starring role, Speedy crossed the United States border to steal cheese from a “gringo” cat, which he then redistributed to his mice friends back in Mexico.
A new animated feature currently in development at Warner Bros. attempts to put Speedy’s behavior in the context of contemporary America, where U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested building a wall to separate the United States from its southern neighbor, Mexico. “We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” producer Dylan Sellers told Deadline. “In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.”