Pole Position

CBS (ended 1985)


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Pole Position Fan Reviews (3)

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  • OK, but a bit repetitive.

    Now here's a short-lived cartoon that has a cult following to this day. Pole Position! Thank you David (my older brother), for getting me the DVD when it came out!

    Now, named after the Namco arcade racing game, Pole Position is an animated television series all about a family of three siblings called the Darretts, who, after their parents disappear in an unexplained explosion during a stunt race, run a stunt-driving show as well as work for a secret government run by their uncle Zachary Darrett. With their sentient automobiles Roadie and Wheels, and their squeaky pet Kuma, teenagers Dan and Tess, and their younger sister Daisy, travel all over the United States of America catching bad guys and solving mysteries about ancient artifacts.

    Now, the show was pretty much cool whenever the Darretts chased after the bad guys in their cars. Unfortunately, there wasn't that much of a plot, the formula for all the Pole Position season one episodes just went basically like this:

    1.The Darrett siblings drive their truck and/or do a stunt show.
    2.Dr. Zachary radios in and briefs the Darrett siblings about their mission to either protect an ancient artifact or an important person, whether it be a human or an animal, from a random bad guy.
    3.Kuma shows off some of his special acrobatic tricks, as Daisy looks on.
    4.The Darrett siblings investigate the scene of the crime.
    5.Daisy and/or Kuma get kidnapped by the bad guy, then get later rescued.
    6.Dan goes out of his way to be a hero, almost killing himself in the process, only to be saved by either Roadie or Tess.
    7.The Darrett siblings, riding Roadie and Wheels, chase after and catch the bad guy in a high-speed chase.
    8.Uncle Zach explains the whole story behind the artifact/person, solving the mystery.
    9.Kuma does something stupid, causing the Darrett siblings to laugh.
    10.Repeat next episode.

    See what I mean? Now, according to co-story editor Michael Reaves, the original plot for Pole Position was to have the Darrett siblings travel around the world, looking for clues about their parents' past as spies. But however, the deal fell through somehow. Now, considering how the show has a thing for surprise twists (such as finding out in "Shadow of a Trout" that Dr. Zachary is wheelchair-bound), it's possible that the Darrett parents are still alive!

    And now, my final thoughts:

    DiC Entertainment, please make another Pole Position cartoon! You guys are making another Inspector Gadget cartoon, right? That's a good reason to also make new cartoons of C.O.P.S., Pole Position, and M.A.S.K.!

    If DiC ever do make a new Pole Position cartoon, it should involve the Darrett siblings travelling all over the world, looking for clues to finding their parents, and here's the many world cities the Darretts would visit: Paris, Toyko, Moscow, Hong Kong, Astmerdam, Hungary, London, Turkey, and so many more! The new Pole Position cartoon could also involve the Darretts actually fighting bad guys with their fists and feet, just like Speed Racer. Also, here's who the voicecast should be:

    Bumper Robinson as Dan Darrett (just in case David Coburn isn't available)
    Kath Soucie as Tess Darrett (I don't know if Lisa Lindgren is still doing voice-acting)
    Tara Strong as Daisy Darrett (well, Kaleena Kiff is nowaways a director and a mom)
    Jack Angel as Uncle Zachary Darrett (last time I checked, Jack's still doing voice-acting, so he'll probably love to reprise his role)
    David Kaye as Roadie (I know Daryl Hickman is still alive, but he's probably retired by now)
    Kevin Michael Richardson as Wheels (due to Mel Franklin passing away in 1995)
    Frank Welker as Kuma (how can you go wrong with the Man of a Thousand Animal Voices? Besides, Marilyn Schreffler's been dead for 20 years)

    So there you have it, my thoughts on Pole Position. This is Roy Stantz, over and out.
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