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Tabitha St. Germain,
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 »
As champion of the West Side Grunters and Groaners I promise you are in for a lot of groaning!
[the motorcycle gang corners Pops]
[one motorcycle thug attacks Pops, and is head-butted hard in the law]
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! He's even tougher than he talks!
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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 »
Economics and race car driving drama together with animation
The role of economics in the industrialized North American market must have always been theorized in the homelands of the engines creation. Persons and industrialist such as Mercedes Benz and the Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) surely realized the opportunity of the North Ameircan market with the purchase of fuel and number of automobiles purchased per household. This type of economic phenomena sparked the concept of Speed Racer.
After the new constitution of Japan the industrialization of the isolated island nation of Japan must seek opportunity once again via economic partnerships with its global neighbors. This also helped spark the economic opportunities in the European and North American market if not the global market.
Speed is a young avid driver who without knowing any better is driven by his demanding father Pops Racer who has challenged himself his whole life to make a better machine better at winning races. It was in fact Pops Racer who drove his first son Rex Racer to the brink of destruction with his strategy of how to best use the technology he developed. As a mature Racer, Rex, finally realizes his own inherent values and becomes independent but still feels obligated to his younger bother Speed.
The exact relationship of Rex Racer to persons such as the Inspector are never really clear, but put into dramatization. Rex is eventually accused of being a type of agent for a country or organization due to his ability to be in places at times when there is no other explanation to how he would have known Speed was in trouble. Or the fact that the situations involved some types of illegal activity were his secretive knowledge is leveraged against an evil plot. This brings a level of cloak and dagger romance to Speed Racer.
The mixture of Speeds innocence with Trixy, Sprital, and Chim Chim brings a level of comic human nature. This concept is a good form of rhetoric to balance the themes and plots as they are played out from episode to episode. So, instead of a dry detective story the thrill of international race car driving, romance of cloak and dagger, and comedy of human nature is put into one story, Speed Racer.
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