In 1993, the series was re-mastered and rebroadcast concurrently with Speed Racer (1994). In this version all references to Trans-Lux (the original syndicator of the series in the 1960s) were removed with the opening titles featuring a recreated logo, as well as the episode titles and closing credits being re-created. 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 »
[Spanish theme song]
Here he comes, here comes Meteor / with his fast car! / An arrow on wheels, a fabulous racer! / Get in your racing car and start up the engine / He's a magnificent driver and fighter / The Mach Five roars like a lion, as it accelerates / He takes off like lightning, he will be the winner / Meteor, Meteor, he's a winner! / He's ready to respond for action / Flooring it like he's never coming back / From the adventure and action! / Meteor, Meteor, he's a winner!
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The series title spins out of the wheel of the Mach 5. See more »
One of the most complex early anime series to be dubbed for American audiences. Speed Racer is the teenaged son of a car designer, whose Mach 5 can jump, go underwater, clear a path of trees and do other tricks. Besides winning various races, Speed and his family (girlfriend Trixie, kid brother Spritle and pet monkey Chim-Chim) run into spies, saboteurs, criminals and other bad-guy types.
What raises the show above simple adventure is the family background. Speed's brother Rex, suffering dishonor and shame, adopts the identity of Racer X, secretly aiding his brother and goading him into becoming the world's best racer. The series has its dark moments, and the use of gunfire and explosives kept it off American TV for years ("too violent for kids").
The show is far better than the 1994 version, a simple licensing of the character for a "kid-friendly" racing show. However, a new anime version (under the Japanese title "Mach A Go Go") has been made; it may surface in a well-dubbed English version in a few years.
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