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Tabasco Road is a 1957 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson.

Plot

At a Mexican nightclub, Speedy Gonzales and his mice friends are socializing at a bar in a mousehole. Speedy is dancing around a sombrero, while two of his friends, Pablo and Fernando, drink until they are "muy loaded". At three in the morning, the two friends exit the bar into an alley, which has a large macho alley cat. The inebriated friends try to fight with the cat while Speedy tries to desperately find them. However, the two mice are easily captured and only saved by Speedy who smashes the cat's tail with the butt of an axe. Speedy tries to hide Pablo and Fernando in a sardine can, but the two are still drunkenly singing and confuse Speedy for the cat. Speedy takes Fernando back home, but Pablo is caught and eaten. Speedy saves Pablo again by smashing the cat's foot with a hammer, and when the cat screams, Speedy grabs Pablo from his mouth and replaces him with a lit firecracker.

Fernando has left his house to also find Pablo. He falls for a trap in the cat's mouth, and Speedy repeats the hammer and firecracker tactic again. The cat is now scared of fighting Speedy and runs away past the city limits. As Speedy laughs after the cat, he sees Pablo and Fernando still wanting to fight other alley cats while intoxicated. Speedy asides, "Grab your sombreros, amigos. Here we go again."

Availability

Streaming

Notes

  • It is the last Speedy Gonzales cartoon to be reissued, replacing the large orange Looney Tunes titles and rings with "A Vitaphone Release".
  • It was an Academy Award nominee for best short subject, but it lost to "Birds Anonymous". Both shorts were reissued as Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies cartoons.
  • In September 2021, a 35mm print sold on eBay has the original opening and closing titles.
    • Though the original opening and closing titles are known to exist, it was restored with the Blue Ribbon titles.

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External Links

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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