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21 June 1970 (Netherlands) See more »
The participants of an unusual car race compete around America. Full summary »
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 (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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

There were a total of 11 cars and racers/teams in the Wacky Races, as follows: - Car #1 - the Slag Brothers (Rock and Gravel) in the Bouldermobile - Car #2 - the Gruesomes (Big Gruesome and Little Gruesome) in the Creepy Coupe - Car #3 - Prof. Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car - Car #4 - The Red Max in the Crimson Haybaler - Car #5 - Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat - Car #6 - Sgt. Blast and Pvt. Meekley in the Army Surplus Special - Car #7 - The Anthill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb - Car #8 - Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chugabug - Car #9 - Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific - Car #10 - Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon - Car #00 - Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean MachineSee more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The original Potpourri of the Hanna-Barbera shows, 4 December 2006
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

The Hanna-Barbera series "The Wacky Races" emerged as a slapstick antidote to the violent superhero shows which had saturated the overall landscape of Saturday Morning cartoons during the 1967-1968 season,and when it premiered as part of the brilliant CBS-TV line-up of Saturday Morning shows at the height of the 1968-1969 season,it set off some sort of precedent when a season after its debut,but spun off not one but two other cartoons while continuing its run on the network. The series ran on CBS-TV from the premiere episode of the series on September 14,1968 through the final installment of the series on September 5,1970 with repeated episodes from the first season produced by Hanna-Barbera productions. This was however one of the original Hanna-Barbera potpourri of shows that basically recycled the same formula which assembled a huge cast of characters and involved them in some kind of repetitious activity. The main antagonists in the never ending worldwide car race were the racers themselves and their situations,and to put it bluntly was repeated three times in various carbon copy format during the entire decade of the 1970's(which in turned several animation studios used the same formula for various shows...Filmation and DePatie-Freleng took the same story lines and characters to put in their own shows).

Basically,if you seen one episode of "Wacky Races",you've seen them all,since they rigidly in just about every episode follows the same plot each time:and this was a bunch of animated "theme" automobiles raced across various parts of the country and the world amid manic antics. As far as the characters were concerned they consisted of the following. There was the log-car driven by a beaver and a lumberjack; a spooky-mansion car driven by monsters;an Appalachian backporch car driven by a bunch of hillbillies and a bear;a car with a big engine driven by a handsome young stud;a dainty pink car driven by a female counterpart(Penelope Pitstop);a roadster driven a Ant Hill Mob,a gang of dwarfes in 1920's style clothing. Each episodes follows the same recipe as with one car ahead,and then the others that would used special tricks to catch up. But the straw that stirred the drink and what made the show interesting to watch was the duo of Dick Dastardly and his assistant snickering dog Muttley in their Mean Machine always trying to find ways to cheat,but at the end of each episode he would always failed miserably. The following year,Hanna-Barbera made a spin-off series of "Wacky Races" titled "Dastardly and Muttley" which featured these two characters as part of a squad of villainous World War I flying aces who flew a single four-seater plane(The other two pilots had weird speech impediments as their character shtick.). The pilots were given the job of stopping a heroic carrier pigeon and just like in about every episode was repeated with Dastardly trying any scheme he can to stop the pigeon only with mixed results. The was definitely the version of The Road Runner and the Coyote but not nearly as clever visually. This was part of the CBS-TV schedule for the 1969-1970 season. The other "Wacky Races" spin-off that came around for the 1970-1971 season,"The Perils of Penelope Pitstop",was totally different from the rest of the pack,with one exception. In fact,it was one of the weirdest shows to ever appear on Saturday Mornings. This show was a combination of Snow White,and the combination of the 1930's serial The Perils of Pauline with just about every clinche every added for grand measure. They took two of the characters of Wacky Races;Penelope Pitstop and made the Ant Hill Mob her guardian protectors. In just about every episode she was also stalked,pursued,and sometimes captured by her evil guardian The Hooded Claw(voiced to perfection by Paul Lynde). The Ant Hill Mob was always riding in just a nick of time to her rescue. There was a strange undercurrent to the show too: since Penelope spent large proportions of each episode either tied up or otherwise in bondage. Not to mention some of the kinkiest S&M ever devised for a children's show. The series remained in repeated episodes until mid-1971,where CBS finally got rid of Wacky Races once and for all.

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