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Pancho's Hideaway is a 1964 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt.

Plot

Bandit Pancho Vanilla rides his horse and robs a bank in Mexico, leaving the town in poverty. He hurries back to his hideout to see how much he stole. In the town hall, Speedy Gonzales comes up to Manuel in a mousehole. Manuel thinks that having the town become poor is a good thing since all of the cats will be thrown out, but Speedy says that isn't good. Speedy intends to return the money because poverty will cause people to eat all the crumbs, leaving the mice with nothing to eat. Manuel agrees with Speedy, and Speedy runs to Pancho's hideout.

Speedy interrupting Pancho's coin counting and challenges him to a duel. During the duel, Speedy is able to return a coin by going through his legs, while Pancho shoots his own feet trying to blast Speedy. Pancho attempts many traps to stop Speedy from stealing the rest of his stash:

  • Pancho hides a landmine for Speedy to run past so it will explode on the rodent. However, Speedy appears from behind and yells "Yeehaw," scaring Pancho onto the landmine, blowing it up.
  • Pancho creates a mousehole trap with a rifle inside. Speedy runs through the barrel and gives Pancho the bullet he was going to shoot Speedy with. The bullet explodes in Pancho's face.
  • Pancho assembles a gun mechanism connected to an electric eye. Speedy sees the electric eye and tries to lure Pancho to it by convincing him that he can get his coins back if he collects them from Speedy. Pancho steps right in front of the electric eye and is blasted.

Speedy takes all the money back to the bank and counts the coins. A defeated Pancho sneaks in from behind and has the last laugh by yelling "Yeehaw," interrupting Speedy's progress. Annoyed, Speedy begins to count the coins all over again.

Availability

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Notes

  • This was the first Looney Tunes short to be produced by the DePatie-Freleng Enterprises studio.
  • David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng receive onscreen credit as producers for the very first time, marking the first cartoon in twenty years since the Leon Schlesinger era where Looney Tunes cartoon producers receive onscreen credit, and the first cartoon to do so since "Buckaroo Bugs" (1944).
  • Pancho Vanilla resembles Yosemite Sam with a Mexican accent.
  • As this is the first short after the original studio closed, it retains the opening and closing from the studio's final short, "Señorella and the Glass Huarache", which used the "Abstract" WB opening from "Now Hear This" originally used for one-shot cartoons, though the chimes of Big Ben at the end are replaced by an abridged reprise of the opening theme. All future Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts produced until 1969 would feature this opening sequence, however the background is changed from white to black immediately afterward.
  • The Merrie Melodies Show version of this cartoon's title card (pictured in the "Gallery" below) depicts Speedy Gonzales and Pancho Vanilla.
  • Some of the animation, particularly the scene of Speedy coming out of the hole was reused animation taken from "Mexican Boarders" (1962).

Gallery

TV Title Cards

References

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




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