Dexter's Laboratory

Season 4 Episode 37

Dexter's Wacky Races

Aired Unknown Sep 26, 2003 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • When the announcer says "The Lab Rat has taken a strong lead," He says that his number on the car is #2, but it is really #1 while Mandark's car is #2.

    • Wind Bear talks about the "Conformists" pulling over when they heard and saw the police sirens, but I seem to remember him pulling over, too.

  • Quotes

    • Dee Dee: Koosey, do you notice anything strange?
      Koosey: What, Dee Dee?
      Dee Dee: That pile of rocks! We keep passing by it. There it is again! And again... and again!
      Koosey: Now, now, Dee Dee, that's called a "repeat pan," first implemented by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1947 to streamline production costs. (NOTE: The year is incorrect. Hanna and Barbera were still working on Tom & Jerry at MGM in 1947. They wouldn't develop the streamline production till ten years later, 1957, when they started up their own studio to make cartoons for television.)
      Dee Dee: Well, I don't like it!
      Narrator: Neither does Dexter!

    • Windbear: Hey it worked in Berkeley...
      OceanBird: This isnt Berkeley, its Burbank!

  • Notes

    • The unofficial title (or the title as if it were a "Wacky Races" episode) is "Boogaloo To Burbank."

    • In the final scene, as the runaway Merry Trickster disappears into the vanishing point with the policeman, the white building on the left is a facsimile of Cartoon Network's Burbank studios.

    • Mandark's mother's name is Ocean Bird, and his father's name is Wind Bear.

    • This was the final episode of Genndy Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory, despite the creator having nothing much to do with the last few seasons.

    • It should be noted that many of the classic Hoyt Curtin 'racing music' from the original 1968 Wacky Races series is used as background score. Some of Ted Nichols' music from The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop (a spin-off of Wacky Races and The Cattanooga Cats (especially the "Motormouse and Autocat" segments) is also used.

    • The policeman that pulls over Windbear and Oceanbird looks almost exactly like George Jetson. He even says George's trademark line, "Stop this crazy thing!"

    • Aired out of prouduction order in the U.S

    • The actor who provided the original Wacky Races narrator voice, Dave Willock, died in 1990 - but whoever performs the role in this episode (UK cuts the credits off, so it is currently unknown) does an astounding, flawless impression.

    • This is the second Dexter series finale, the previous one was in 1998 with "Last, but Not Beast"

    • This episode parodys the classic 60's Hannah-Barbera "Wacky Races" cartoon series, with Mandark in the "Dick Dastardly" role, and even the Wacky Races Narrator takes us through the episode

    • This episode premiered in the U.K on May 19th

  • Allusions

    • Krunk: Major Glory, car go... (imitates the sound of coughing and sputtering)

      This is a reference to the character Klunk of the 1969 Wacky Races spin-off, Dastardly and Muttley and their Flying Machines, whom rarely spoke normal English but would often mimic sound effects to make his point. Klunk was voiced by the late Don Messick.

    • The car-revving-off sound effect heard when Mandark's dad demonstrates the van's nitro-booster (heard again when the van takes off by accident with the police officer in it) was taken from the classic 1968 Looney Tunes short Bunny and Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches.

    • n/a:Darkman Special.

    • This episode spoofs the classic Hannah Babera racing series "Wacky Races", which launched the success of Dastardly and Mutley, and Penelope Pitstop