According to Kovels Antiques and Collectibles, a Slowpoke Rodriguez glass from 1973 was worth $50 in 2001. It would be worth even more today. You can get a free login and check it out yourself like I did. (www.kovels.com). They are going for WAY less on ebay! Dont miss your chance to bid on a 1973 Slowpoke Rodriguez Pepsi glass now!
How cool is this? Slowpoke Rodriguez was a featured character in the 1973 Pepsi/Warner Brothers collectible glasses series (among 18 other Looney Tunes characters – including his cousin Speedy Gonzales). Other than these items, Slowpoke Rodriguez gear is seriously hard to come by. I’ve had a hard time finding ANY. If you are a collector, you can often get the best deal on glasses by buying your Slowpoke Rodriguez glass as part of a set on ebay. If you are a re-seller, the thing to do is buy the Looney Tunes Pepsi sets and then sell them individually. Honestly, though, who wants to give up the joy of pouring their favorite drink into a classic 1973 Slowpoke Rodriguez glass? Its all about priorities, folks.
For those of us that grew up with Speedy Gonzalez and remember his cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez, it is somewhat astounding to look back and realize that Slowpoke was actually singing a song about marijuana. What is even more strange, is that there were several “kid friendly” versions of the song that were sung where the last line was replaced with something more benign, but for some reason, the makers of this cartoon allowed Slowpoke Rodriguez to sing the unmistakable reference to weed in a cartoon. For kids. Riiiiiiiight.
See for yourself in the “Sowpoke Rodriguez – Mexican Boarders” episode.
La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marihuana que fumar.
(In Spanish, as in English “Roach” or “Cockroach” is slang for a marijuana cigarette stub.)
The cockroach, the cockroach
Can’t walk anymore
Because it doesn’t have, because it’s lacking
Marijuana to smoke
To really drive the point home, Slowpoke Rodriguez exhibits all the critical sterotypes of your typical stoner – slow-moving, always hungry, droopy eyes and slurred speech.
“Mexicali Schmoes” Slowpoke Rodriguez Episode (1959)
- Release Year: 1959
- Runtime: 7
- Director: Friz Freleng
- Writing by: Warren Foster – (story)
- Produced by: John W. Burton – producer (uncredited)
- Cast: Mel Blanc – Speedy Gonzales (voice)
- Music: Milt Franklyn
Plot: A pair of dim witted Mexican cats chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico. Their schemes (involving smashing guitars, dynamite, and even a fishing rod!) to catch Speedy Gonzales backfire, so they deciide to to try their luck with an easier target, Speedy’s cousin – Slowpoke Rodriguez. However, the silly cats don’t realize that Slowpoke is packing a gun!
“Mexican Boarders” Episode (1962) – Appearance by the ever-hungry Slowpoke Rodriguez and surprises us with Slowpoke’s unexpected powers over Sylvester.
(You Tube had to remove this video – if anyone finds it again, let us know!!)
And for an added bonus, check out this dude and his musical homage to Speedy & Slowpoke: