|A Message to Gracias|
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 Speedy runs past him (leaving him on fire in the process), Sylvester resorts to several plans to stop Speedy from delivering the message:
- First Sylvester drives after Speedy in a race car. When Sylvester asks if message is for him, Speedy answers him saying "Adios senor pussy gato signed..." he then picks up speed, the dust left behind forming the word "Speedy". Sylvester then speeds up after the mouse. However, when Speedy spots a taco stand, he stops for a lunch break, resulting in Sylvester smashing into a cactus.
- Next, Sylvester chases after Speedy on a boat, and attempts to shoot him. Unfortunately, he ends up bumping his head on a low hanging branch and blows a hole in his boat, causing it to sink, resulting in him almost being eaten by crocodiles.
- After seeing Sylvester pass on a rail car with a sail, Speedy wonders what he's up to now. It cuts to Sylvester hiding in a tree, having set a snare trap. Upon hearing Speedy rushing by, he sets it off, only for a large beastly creature to be pulled up. Back on the ground, Speedy watches as the animal tears Sylvester apart, causing bits of fur to fall to the ground, followed by Sylvester himself. Speedy then puts part of Sylvester's fur along with ears back on his head, who dazily thanks Speedy before the mouse speeds off again.
- With Speedy almost to Gracias's headquarters, Sylvester tries to lasso him. He succeeds, only for Speedy to take him for a ride which ends with him being tied to a tree.
With Sylvester dealt with, Speedy reaches General Gracias to deliver the message. Upon reading it however, it turns out to be a poem saying "Happy Birthday", much to Speedy's disgust because he had gone through all the trouble he had with Sylvester for such a relatively trivial message ("This is A important message?"). Turning around, Speedy sees El Supremo (who had apparently used Speedy as a decoy to distract Sylvester while he safely got to Gracia's HQ) with a birthday cake for his amigo. Racing up to Sylvester, Speedy asks him they're thinking the same thing. When Sylvester agrees, Speedy promptly cuts the "pussy gato" out of his bonds, who then chases after El Supremo and General Gracias while imitating Speedy's catchphrase. As Sylvester chases the two mice down the road and over the horizon, Speedy comments "Well whataya know, it looks like the generals and the pussy gato is going to have lunch together. Sort of gets ya right here (in the heart), no?"
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4, Disc 3
- Streaming - HBO Max
- This is the only cartoon where both Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester put aside their differences and therefore both win in the end.
TV Title Cards
|Speedy Gonzales Cartoons|
|1953||Cat-Tails for Two|
|1957||Tabasco Road • Gonzales' Tamales|
|1959||Mexicali Shmoes • Here Today, Gone Tamale|
|1960||West of the Pesos|
|1961||Cannery Woe • The Pied Piper of Guadalupe|
|1963||Mexican Cat Dance • Chili Weather|
|1964||A Message to Gracias • Nuts and Volts • Pancho's Hideaway • Road to Andalay|
|1965||It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The House • Cats and Bruises • The Wild Chase • Moby Duck • Assault and Peppered • Well Worn Daffy • Chili Corn Corny • Go Go Amigo|
|1966||The Astroduck • Mucho Locos • Mexican Mousepiece • Daffy Rents • A-Haunting We Will Go • Snow Excuse • A Squeak in the Deep • Feather Finger • Swing Ding Amigo • A Taste of Catnip|
|1967||Daffy's Diner • Quacker Tracker • The Music Mice-Tro • The Spy Swatter • Speedy Ghost to Town • Rodent to Stardom • Go Away Stowaway • Fiesta Fiasco|
|1968||Skyscraper Caper • See Ya Later Gladiator|
|1979||Fright Before Christmas|
|1980||The Chocolate Chase|