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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)

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The members of the Ant Hill Mob, in car #7, were Clyde (the leader), Ring-a-Ding, Willy, Rug-Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, and Kurby.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Wacky Races a gas (possible spoilers), 28 June 2005
Author: ccook45 from United States

"Wacky Races" was created in response to the rather violent adventure/superhero cartoons of the previous two seasons, and even upon its premiere, it was blackballed by the watchdog group Action For Children's Television. They claimed that since it was bankrolled by game show producers Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley ("Hollywood Squares"), it was enticing children to place monetary wagers on the outcome of each of the show's 34 races. (Hogwash. I had the over/under on how many times Dick Dastardly's contraptions backfired on him.)

For all the atypical Hanna-Barbera use of repeat animation and low-budget movement, "Wacky Races" was still an unusual and entertaining cartoon which would beget such shows as "Bailey's Comets," "Laff-A-Lympics" and "Yogi's Space Race." A lot of the humor derived from Dastardly's machinations, although many of the other racers got to shine as well. In the Gold Key comics, Penelope Pitstop would eliminate Peter Perfect and Red Max by conveniently getting them to fight over her. That wasn't used in the show, although it should have. And it's dotted with great lines. When the narrator calls Dastardly "The Dracula of the drag strip," Dastardly counters "I resent that remark!" Narrator: "But do you deny it?" Dastardly: "No, I just resent it!" It's a comedy cartoon that doesn't forget it's a comedy cartoon, something that many cartoon shows of the 70s and 80s forgot.

And a bit of trivia, Dastardly did cross the finish line twice but was disqualified both times. The first time he extended the nose of the Mean Machine ahead of the others (yet in another episode, Rufus Ruffcut physically extended his neck to reach the finish line and the judges gave him the win--go figure). The second time, a chain reaction collision caused Dastardly and Muttley to get bounced into the Arkansas Chuggabug, which was in the lead. Dastardly also set a precedent the following year--being the first (and to anyone's knowledge, only) villain to get his own show, "Dastardly & Muttley In Their Flying Machines.

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