Speed Racer

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(ended 1968)

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Speed Racer

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Speed Racer is a show featuring a young racer named Speed and his ultimate driving machine, the Mach 5. Originally aired in Japan as Mahha Go Go Go (translation: Mach Five Go Go - "go" also means five), Speed Racer combines racing with international intrigue. Joining Speed is an unforgettable cast of characters, including Mom and Pops Racer, girlfriend Trixie, little brother Spritle and his pet monkey Chim Chim, mechanic Sparky, and the mysterious Racer X. Characters Speed Racer: Speed is an eighteen year old car driver, and is one of the youngest in the international racing cicuit. Speed also has martial art talents and tried to do the right thing whenever possible. Trixie: Speed's girlfriend, she is a seventeen year old pilot of airplanes and helicopters and often rides along as Speed's assistant and navigator. Racer X (Rex Racer): Rex is Speed's older brother, who left home years before after a dispute with Pops over a crashed car. He eventually became one of the world's best drivers and a secret agent for the International Secret Service. Spritle: Spritle is Speed's little brother and turned eight years of age in the episode "The Royal Racer." Spritle and Chim Chim usually always follow along Trixie and Speed in the trunk of their Mach 5 car. Chim Chim: Chim Chim is the family's pet chimpanzee, and Spritle's best friend. Chim Chim makes it his duty that Trixie and Speed get home safely. English Theme Song Intro(1967) Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer He's a demon on wheels He's a demon and he's gonna be chasing after someone He's gaining on you so you better look alive He's busy revving up the powerful Mach Five And when the odds are against him and there's dangerous work to do You bet your life Speed Racer, he will see it through Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer go He's off and flying as he guns the car around the track He's jamming down the pedal like he's never coming back Adventure's waiting just ahead Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer Go Speed Racer Go!moreless
Corinne Orr

Corinne Orr

Trixie/Spritle Racer/Mom Racer

Jack Curtis (I)

Jack Curtis (I)

Pops Racer/Inspector Detector

Jack Grimes

Jack Grimes

Sparky/Chim Chim

Peter Fernandez

Peter Fernandez

Speed Racer/Racer X

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  • The only good "Anime" in existince.

    5.5
    Speed racer would be a masterpiece if the show was not an Anime. This show has excellent designs, voice acting, and characters. But that's about it. Overall this show is a mediocre classic. 57/100 Mediocre.
  • for a 1967 cartoon, it's not all bad!

    10
    well i got into this series backwards. now right now your thinking, "what on earth does she mean by that?" well i'll tell you. i got into it by watching speed racer: the next generation. (a spin off of this series) and one day i said to myself "wow, i have to watch the original!" so i rented it. (i didn't know at the time how much i would get into it) so a about three days later, i was just finishing the last dvd. barly stopping to eat or sleep. the show completely caught me off gaurd. oh sure i knew it was made in japan and all the names of the characters, (plus i was a fan of the spin off) but it completely surprised me to see how good it actully was. and it made the spin off more fun because i could completly show off in front of my friends. ( i could say, "hey, the original speed drove a race like that and he used nearly all those features too. like the laser blades used to be regualr cutting blades and those used to be... etc) hey, give it a shot. it'll probley knock you off the edge of your seat. probley even before the theme song stops playing!moreless
  • I'm so obsessed, I got the DVD right here in my hand.

    9.3
    Speed Racer is one of the most awesome old-time shows you will ever come across. Man, this thing goes back all the way in 1966. That's right. The 60's. (That was 40 years ago.) Speed Racer was adopted by America from Japan sometime in the late 60's. (This is NOT reliable information) The reason why I gave Speed such a high score is because he strives to be popular even to this very day. With the new Speed Racer movie already out, new Speed Raceraction figures and even Speed Racer "The Manga Series" books have hit the market and have never been more sucessful. Even if Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) looks nothing like the old-school nitrotic (not a word) I would still give him the same score I gave the show. Speed Racer gets a 9.3 from me. (And Not The Movie, The Show.)moreless
  • One of the first to hit America

    9.0
    Now I wouldn't put this show up there with Robotech or Battle of the Planets, but it was still a great show. It was WAY ahead of its time when it came here to the states.



    It was only on in re runs when I was a kid, but I remember watching in on week day mornings before school. I always thought the Mach 5 was the coolest car. What with all the fancy gadgets and all.



    I have heard that this show is going to be made into a movie starring Vince Vaughn. I don't know if it really has a market anymore, since most of the people that grew up watching it's kids will probably never heard of it, but who knows it may be a hit.moreless
  • America's first look at Anime

    8.8
    First things first, I'm not a big fan of Anime (Japanese Animation, Not U.S. based Animation). Truth be told I find most of it annoying and hard to follow with way to many pans of still pictures. For the most part it's made so cheaply that even the plots could hardly be called plots.



    That being said, Speed Racer is my all time favorite Anime. Partly because I grew up watching it but more likely because the US syndication company that imported it reworked the theme song and plots so they were more palatiable for a US viewers. Either way I thouroghly enjoy the DVD releases.moreless
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    Classics, Saturday Morning, cool gadgets, extraordinary situations, keeping secrets