So every once in a while I decide to revisit my youth and watch some good ol' fashioned cartoons. Only this time I saw them in a new light. It's not a new discovery to say that Speedy Gonzales is representative of mexican stereotypes but last night while I was watching "1001 Rabbit Tales" on my netflix account it became newly apparent to me. This particular clip I found on youtube begins with a group of traditionally mexican mice (wearing the sombrero) speaking in what seems like very confused spanish on one side of a fence while the "gringo pussy cat" is on the other blocking their entrance. To me, it immediately resembled a type of crossing the border scene. The mexican mice wanting to get to the other side to get their cheese and the gringo pussy cat keeping them from doing so. Once they see him they immediately scurry away, representing a typical immigration stereotype.
In order to get the cheese they decide to find Speedy Gonzales, "the fastest mouse in all Mexico". The head mouse says that he is a "friend of [his] sister" which also resembled what we had been talking about with how the family is portrayed in mexico. Everybody knows everybody through family. The way they speak is particularly interesting. The spanish is very jumbled and according to the youtube comments (I don't speak spanish) it doesn't make sense. Their english is also shabby. One mouse says "anybody got it an idea?" seemingly commenting on the inability for mexicans to learn english. But anyways, just found this interesting.