The show's creator Tatsuo Yoshida cited Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Goldfinger (1964) - two extremely popular films in Japan in the 1960s - as the main influences for the show: he used Elvis Presley's racecar-driver image (complete with handkerchief and black pompadour hairstyle), and a gadget-filled car. See more »
In several episodes, Speed is wearing a helmet in the long shots when he driving the Mach 5,but not in the close-ups. See more »
[English theme song]
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 revvin' 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's gonna 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 ...
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When the show was re-released in 1993, the opening title and closing credits were re-created, and also the Trans-Lux logo was removed. The new closing credits sequence also includes three typographical errors: Jack Grimes is misspelled "Jack Crimes", Hiroshi Sasagawa is misspelled "Hiroshi Sasacawa". See more »
Speed Racer aka "Mahha go go go" has been a well known anime since the Vietnam War era.
It's about the adventures and life of a young man named Speed Racer, who's always dreamed in becoming a well known racer someday. He's knowledgeable about history & is a simple minded kind of guy who only uses violence for the last resort. Speed is also a good fighter.
His father Pops Racer has built and designed a custom made race car, called the Mach 5. The most unique racing vehicle of it's kind. Equipped with power jacks, cutting blades, emulating lights, bullet proof glass, underwater travel, and a BM radio. With this car, Speed can be able to accomplish the races and grand pixes that he competes in. The Mach 5 also makes a perfect getaway vehicle and a greater advantage in escaping dangers.
Throughout the series, Speed will be going through many challenging races and adventures. As well as making enemies with Conspiracies, Mafias, Assassins, Thieves, Burglars, Rivals, & Terriosts. With the Mach 5 to drive in, and a group of reliable friends, Speed will be able to get through many hardships.
Despite it being made 40 years ago. This Japanese animated cartoon really shows it's age. And it has one of the oldest dubs to date. Cool thing about the Dub is, it manages to be the first successful Anime franchise to hit the U.S. shores and all the characters are done by 4 voice actors. Which is less than the average number in today's management of voice choices.
The voice acting is good, but very dated for it's era of time. Since this aired back when Anime wasn't highly known as it is today. But since then it has been admired and inspired by many people. I never seen the original version, but hopefully one day I will to see what it was like unedited.
It's not for everyone, but I think it's a classic for a foreign made, American distributed anime. Due to it's sophisticated scenes, cartoon violence, and car crashes. I recommend it for 6 and up.
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