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Release Date:
21 June 1970 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
The participants of an unusual car race compete around America. Full summary »
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(34 articles)
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Trick cars using their non-factory extras to win cross country races. See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [6])

Daws Butler ... Big Gruesome / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Don Messick ... Gravel Slag / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
John Stephenson ... Blubber Bear / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Janet Waldo ... Penelope Pitstop (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dave Willock ... Narrator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Paul Winchell ... Clyde / ... (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
William Hanna (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Larz Bourne (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tom Dagenais (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Michael Maltese (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dalton Sandifer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
William Hanna .... producer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Alex Lovy .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Art Scott .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin (1 episode, 1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Richard C. Allen (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Milton Krear (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Production Design by
Iwao Takamoto (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Art Department
Arthur Davis .... story director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Earl Klein .... story director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Sommer .... story director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Irv Spector .... story director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Olson .... sound director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Borghi .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
George Epperson .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Frank Parrish .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Cliff Shirpser .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Clarence Wogatzke .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Frank Andrina .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ed Barge .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Barbara Begg .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Daniela Bielecka .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
William Butler .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Emil Carle .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Patricia Crudden .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jerry Eisenberg .... character designer / layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Izzy Ellis .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Burt Freund .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Gentle .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Roberta Greutert .... ink and paint supervisor (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Terence Harrison .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Willie Ito .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Don Jurwich .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Mike Kawaguchi .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Phil Lewis .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Hicks Lokey .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tony Love .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Manning .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bob Maxfield .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Casey Onaitis .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Parr .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Walt Peregoy .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Morey Reden .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Vive Risto .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Grace Stanzell .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Carlo Vinci .... animator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Don Watson .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dave Weidman .... background artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert 'Tiger' West .... xerographer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Al Wilson .... layout artist (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Music Department
Hoyt Curtin .... musical director (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Other crew
Frank Paiker .... technical supervisor (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bill Perez .... title designer (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Schaefer .... titles (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
Victor O. Schipek .... production coordinator (17 episodes, 1968-1969)
 

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Argentina:30 min | USA:20 min (34 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
The show was inspired by the film The Great Race (1965). Natalie Wood (playing Maggie DuBois) became Penelope Pitstop (even wearing the same pink racing outfit). Dick Dastardley was based on Jack Lemmon's character Professor Fate and Dastardley's sidekick Muttley was loosely based on Peter Falk's Max Meen.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Trick cars using their non-factory extras to win cross country races., 19 April 2006
Author: James Collier from Canada

One of the more influential of the mid-60s Hanna-Barbara cartoons, this fondly remembered pure piece of action showed a dozen racers using tricked up racers that would make James Bond's Q drool - and if you ever want to start a discussion among middle aged cartoon freaks, ask them to name the racers and their vehicles. Number one was the Bouldermobile, driven by Rock and Gravel. It was a rock on wheels, sort of like what Fred Flintstone drove, only a little less sophisticated. As were Rock and Gravel. Number two was the Creepy Coupe, a haunted house on wheels (haunted mobile home?) The Gruesome Twosome drove, but the various supernatural inhabitants of the car did all the work, from additional speed to the occasional dirty trick. Number three was the Convertacar, driven by Professor Pat Pending. A transformer that makes Optimus Prime look like a wannabe, this rolling Swiss army knife could do just about anything but win consistently. Number four was the Crimson Haybailer, driven by the prerequisite Prussian, WWI ace The Red Max. Couldn't have a show based on The Great Race without a German, after all. His vehicle had one of the better names, but one of the poorer vehicles, lacking most of the comic accessories of the others. Number five was the Compact Pussycat, driven by Penelope Pitstop, southern belle and token female. More an automated beauty salon on wheels than a racer, it did not make the jump to the sequel show, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Number six was The Army Surplus Special, driven by Sargeant Blast and Private Meekly. It may not have been the fastest, but it carried the most firepower. Number seven is the vehicle which is sure to cause the most geeky argument. The Ant Hill Mob drives a vehicle called "their Bulletproof Bomb" in the opening credits - but which is referred to during one of the episodes as The Roaring Plenty. Whatever the name, it had no special features except for the hole in the floor which allowed the Mob to put their collective feet to good use. This team also would find a second chance at stardom in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Number eight, The Arkansas Chugabug, was the pride and joy of hillbilly Luke and his cowardly bear, Blubber. Hard to say what needed the most explanation - how a plank on wheels with a potbellied stove could go 0-60 in 5 seconds, or how Luke managed to steer it. Number nine was the Turbo Terrific, driven by Peter Perfect. Another great name for a car with no real ability except to go to pieces on a regular basis. Number ten was The Buzzwagon, driven by Rufus Ruffcut and his beaver co-pilot, Sawtooth. The car I have always thought of as the Canadian entry, this log cabin with saw-blade wheels must have been hard on the backside, but I imagine the superhumanly strong Rufus could handle it. Certainly he had no problems with traction. Finally, car 00 was The Mean Machine, driven by Dick Dastardly and Muttley. As versatile as the Convertacar and as well armed as the Surplus Special, it also went to pieces far too often, due to its villainous driver's evil plans. Dick and Muttley would get their own show together, but it would be Muttley with his distinctive snicker who would go on to appear again and again in other cartoons.

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