A Message to Gracias
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: David H. DePatie (uncredited)
Released: February 8, 1964
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: John Dunn
Animation: George Grandpré
Ted Bonnicksen
Warren Batchelder
Keith Darling
Harry Love (effects animation)
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Robert Gribbroek
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Roger Green
Music: Bill Lava
Starring: Speedy Gonzales
El Supremo
General Gracias
Preceded By: Dumb Patrol
Succeeded By: Bartholomew Versus the Wheel
11 - A Message to Gracias

11 - A Message to Gracias

A Message to Gracias is a 1964 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson.


The title and plot are a reference to the essay Message to Garcia.


Mexican Revolutionary mice make numerous attempts to deliver a message to General Gracias, but fail when every messenger is caught and eaten by Sylvester. Desperate, El Supremo then resorts to Speedy Gonzales to deliver the message.

After overcoming several of Sylvester's attempts to thwart him, Sylvester has to stop Speedy Gonzales from sending the message he has big plans:

  1. First Sylvester drives in the speed car to follow Speedy Gonzales with a message, but Sylvester asks for a message for him, Speedy answered him he says "Adios senor pussy gato signed..." and the dust formed the word "Speedy" then Sylvester tries to catch up with him. Then Speedy has a lunch break then Sylvester runs over a cactus.
  2. Then Sylvester is on a boat to shoot Speedy with the message, as he bumps and shoots the boat, He is almost eaten by crocodiles.
  3. While Speedy is asking the viewers what Sylvester is up to next, Sylvester plants a booby-trap for Speedy. As he got something, it's a bulldog, Speedy watches Sylvester gets beaten by a bulldog, All of Sylvester's fur falls and the part of the head falls and Sylvester too. Speedy knows the part of Sylvester's head belongs to him, Then Sylvester knows that it's his, and thanks him.
  4. Finally, Sylvester tries to lasso Speedy with a message. As he hangs on to him, Speedy ties him up in a tree.

Speedy delivers the important message to the general only for it to turn out to be a rather trivial message saying "Happy Birthday", much to his disgust because he had gone through all the trouble he had with Sylvester for such a relatively trivial message ("This is A important message?"), implying that El Supremo is very lazy to the point that he is overly dependent on Speedy and other mice for even the less important matters. He promptly cuts the "pussy gato" out of his bonds and lets him chase off Gracias and his consort as retribution for the rebels they allowed him to eat. As Sylvester chases both El Supremo and General Gracias, he even imitates Speedy's catchphrases. Speedy watches this from afar and comments "Well whataya know, it looks like the generals and the pussygatos is going to have lunch together. Sort of gets ya right here (in the heart), no?"



TV Title Cards

Speedy Gonzales Cartoons
1953 Cat-Tails for Two
1955 Speedy Gonzales
1957 Tabasco RoadGonzales' Tamales
1958 Tortilla Flaps
1959 Mexicali ShmoesHere Today, Gone Tamale
1960 West of the Pesos
1961 Cannery WoeThe Pied Piper of Guadalupe
1962 Mexican Boarders
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili Weather
1964 A Message to GraciasNuts and VoltsPancho's HideawayRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild ChaseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffyChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1979 Fright Before Christmas
1980 The Chocolate Chase
Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieCrowing PainsDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit for CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-dCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-weigh!
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterClaws for AlarmA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy for TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety-PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip for Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws in the Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
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