Speed Racer (1967–1968)
"Mahha GoGoGo" (original title)

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Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5.

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Katsuji Mori ...
 Gô Mifune (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Speed Racer / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Mom Racer / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Chim-Chim / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Pops Racer / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5.

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Faster, Speed!


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23 September 1967 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The original Japanese title "Mach GoGoGo", is a rather elaborate pun:
  • it is the name of the hero Go Mifune (as Speed Racer was known in Japan)


  • it contains the car's name "Mach-go", or Mach 5 ("Go" is Japanese for the number five)


  • it contains the English word "go", a staple of racing (multilingual puns were becoming vogue back then)


  • and "Go-Go-Go" is the Japanese sound effect for the rumbling of tyres on a racetrack.


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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[English theme song]
Chorus: 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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The series title spins out of the wheel of the Mach 5. See more »

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Action and adventure in early anime.
2 September 1999 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

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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