Thursday, February 25, 2010

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George Lopez to voice Speedy Gonzales in new movie: "Speedy Gonzales is speeding toward the big screen.

New Line is turning the 'Looney Tunes' character into a live-action/CG hybrid movie with help from George Lopez, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

The comedian and sitcom star is set to voice Speedy, the fast-moving, red-kerchiefed mouse known for his signature speed-demon battle cry, 'Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!' The character debuted in the 1950s as the arch-nemesis of Sylvester the Cat.

Producers say they plan to update the character, which has been criticized for being racist.

'We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s - the racist Speedy,' said producer Anne Lopez. 'Speedy's going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he's a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he's good at.'"

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