Jose “Slowpoke” Rodríguez
Looney Tunes character
First appearanceMexicali Shmoes (1959)
Created byFriz Freleng
Voiced byTom Holland (1962)
Mel Blanc (1962)[1]
Joe Alaskey (1998)[2]
Jeff Bergman (2002)[3]
Seth Green (2007)
Kerry Shale (2010)
Hugh Davidson (2013)
In-universe information
SpeciesMouse
GenderMale
NationalityMexican

Slowpoke Rodríguez ("Lento Rodríguez" in Spanish, though some more recent translations call him "Tranquilino") invented the Star Punch

History and personality

He is described as "the slowest mouse in all México"[4] from the countryside of Mexico, and is a cousin to Speedy Gonzales, who is known as the fastest. However, he mentions to his cousin that while he may be best known for his slow feet, he's not slow in "la cabeza" (the head). He speaks in a monotone voice and seems to never be surprised by anything. Due to being slow he is generally, unlike Speedy, unable to outrun the pursuing cats who try to capture the both of them, but he is shown to have alternative (more effective) methods of resistance such as his possession of a gun.

Cartoon appearances

Slowpoke only appeared in two cartoons alongside his cousin. The first, "Mexicali Shmoes" (1959), ends with two lazy cats, José and Manuel, the former learning the hard way that Slowpoke carries a gun (though the gun bit has been edited out of this cartoon in recent years).[5] The second, "Mexican Boarders" (1962), revolves around Speedy trying to protect Slowpoke from Sylvester the Cat, but in the end, Slowpoke demonstrates his ability to hypnotize Sylvester into becoming his slave.[6] The other mice comment at this point that "Slowpoke Rodríguez may be the slowest mouse in all Mexico, but he has the Evil Eye!"

Other appearances

References

  1. ^ "The Bugs Bunny Show - "No Business Like Slow Business" (Audio Recording Sessions)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-05-10. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Slowpoke Rodriguez". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Slowpoke Rodriguez". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  4. ^ Norman, Tony (5 July 2005). "Icon of racism gets Mexico's stamp of approval". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 317. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  6. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 337. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.