Title - The Pied Piper of Guadalupe
Director - Friz Freleng
Released - 1961
Interesting Fact -- Nominated for Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoon
Reason for Placement --
When Sylvester can't seem to catch any of the mice in town, he decides to channel the classic story 'The Pied Piper of Hamilton' and uses music to capture all of the mice. Well, almost all of them... Speedy Gonzales manages to elude capture, and comes to rescue his friends from the flute-playing feline.
Interestingly enough, this toon actually seems to have more story and action to it before Speedy comes along. We see Sylvester chasing the mice and finally luring them in, which in itself is a pretty fun sequence. Using 'The Mexican Hat Dance' as the song that hypnotizes the mice is a nice touch, with full credit going to Music Director Milt Franklyn. Still, Speedy does manage to keep the action going, with a great gag at the end when Sylvester decides to get rid of his flute.... probably not a good idea to give it to Speedy!