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Title
Speed RacerMach Go Go Go (γƒžγƒƒγƒγ€€οΌ§ο½οΌ§ο½οΌ§ο½)Speed Racer
Released
53 TV episodes53 TV episodes
Dates
September 23, 1967April 2, 1967–March 31, 1968
Company
Trans Lux Television Corp., Speed Racer Enterprises, Family Home Ent.Tatsunoko, Fuji TV
Creator
Tatsuo Yoshida
Director
Peter FernandezTatsuo Yoshida
Genre
Adventure, SportsAdventure, Sports
Related
The New Adventures of Speed Racer
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Speed Racer XMach Go Go Go '97 (1997 Remake)
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Speed Racer (live-action movie)Speed Racer (live-action movie)
Characters
Rex Racer/Racer XKenichi Mifune
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Speed RacerGo Mifune
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-- more listed below ---- more listed below --

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Characters: Speed Racer

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Rex Racer/Racer X Kenichi Mifune Mr. Banks βŠ• --?--
Speed Racer Go Mifune Mr. Black and Mr. Green βŠ• --?--
Trixie Michi Shimura Mr. Blagget βŠ• --?--
Ace Deucey βŠ• --?-- Mr. Cumulus βŠ• --?--
Ali Ben Schemer βŠ• --?-- Mr. Dante Ferno βŠ• --?--
Bangler βŠ• --?-- Mr. Fast Bucks βŠ• --?--
Baron von Vondervon βŠ• --?-- Mr. Fixer βŠ• --?--
Ben Cranem βŠ• --?-- Mr. Free Load βŠ• --?--
Biyehar βŠ• --?-- Mr. Stencher βŠ• --?--
Calcia Bone / Cleopatra βŠ• --?-- Mr. Trotter βŠ• --?--
Chim Chim βŠ• Senpei βŠ• Mr. Twert βŠ• --?--
Cornpone Brotch βŠ• --?-- Mr. Tycootus βŠ• --?--
Cracker βŠ• --?-- Mr. van Ruffle βŠ• --?--
Curly Cranem βŠ• --?-- Mr. Wiley βŠ• --?--
Delicia Lamster βŠ• --?-- Omar βŠ• --?--
Dr. Digger O. Bone βŠ• --?-- Omar Offendem βŠ• --?--
Dr. McFife βŠ• --?-- Oriena Flux βŠ• --?--
Dr. Nightcall βŠ• --?-- Piston Powers βŠ• --?--
Duggery βŠ• --?-- Pops βŠ• Daiskee Mifune βŠ•
eneral Smasher βŠ• --?-- President Crackbrow βŠ• --?--
Finger βŠ• --?-- President Montebank βŠ• --?--
Fireball Rust βŠ• --?-- President of Vavoom Motor Co. βŠ• --?--
Flash Marker, Jr. βŠ• --?-- Prince Jam βŠ• --?--
Flash Marker, Sr. βŠ• --?-- Prince Omar Flathill βŠ• --?--
Francisco Fransco βŠ• --?-- Prince Snowier βŠ• --?--
Gaff Gunstle βŠ• --?-- Prince Sugarin βŠ• --?--
General Abdur Noble βŠ• --?-- Princess Gracious βŠ• --?--
General Cardonce βŠ• --?-- Prof. Robert Carnivoray βŠ• --?--
God of Goomachuck βŠ• --?-- Professor Loon βŠ• --?--
Guts Wheeler βŠ• --?-- Professor Tower βŠ• --?--
High Octane βŠ• --?-- Red Herring βŠ• --?--
Inspector Anton Dubious βŠ• --?-- Rock Force βŠ• --?--
Inspector Detector βŠ• --?-- Rudolph Elegantor βŠ• --?--
Ivonna von Vondervon βŠ• --?-- Rusty Muffle βŠ• --?--
Jack Rival βŠ• --?-- Schlepper βŠ• --?--
Janine Trotter βŠ• --?-- Scootem Rooter βŠ• --?--
Jim Charger βŠ• --?-- Sirvana βŠ• --?--
Jose βŠ• --?-- Skid Chill βŠ• --?--
Juan βŠ• --?-- Snake Oiler βŠ• --?--
Kabala βŠ• --?-- Sooten Grime βŠ• --?--
Kadar βŠ• --?-- Sparks βŠ• Sabu βŠ•
Kim Jugger βŠ• --?-- Splint Femur βŠ• --?--
King of Saccharin βŠ• --?-- Spridle βŠ• Kuo Mifune βŠ•
Knuckles βŠ• --?-- Street Martin βŠ• --?--
Lawson Lamster βŠ• --?-- Ta-Conkin βŠ• --?--
Lightfingers Klepto, Jr. βŠ• --?-- Tailgate Crumple βŠ• --?--
Lightfingers Klepto, Sr. βŠ• --?-- Tailgate Jones βŠ• --?--
Lily Marker βŠ• --?-- The Chief βŠ• --?--
Lolly βŠ• --?-- Tiny βŠ• --?--
Loomis Towcar βŠ• --?-- Tongue Blaggard βŠ• --?--
Lorena Nightcall βŠ• --?-- Twinkle Banks βŠ• --?--
Maria βŠ• --?-- Vice-President Duper βŠ• --?--
Mom Racer βŠ• Aya Mifune βŠ• Zoomer Slick βŠ• --?--

Description: Speed Racer

Speed Racer was titled "Mach Go Go" in Japan. It was produced and created by Tatsuo Yoshida and released worldwide in 1967-1968 through Trans Lux who was also responsible for Gigantor. It was first shown on Melbourne TV in December 1969 on channel 2 at 5:05pm weekdays. A total of 52 episodes were made. Peter Fernandez (other work includes The Space Giants, Ultraman, and Star Blazers [Space Battleship Yamoto] as well as most of the Godzilla films) coordinated the English version and was the voice of Speed Racer and Racer X as well as Piper and Dr. Mariner from Marine Boy and a number of other characters. Corinne Orr (female) was the voice of Trixie, Mom Racer and Spritle after her success as the voice of Marine Boy. Jack Curtis was Pops Racer and Inspector Detector, after playing Bulton in Marine Boy. Jack Grimes was the voice of Sparky and Chim-Chim as well as Professor Fumble and Splasher in Marine Boy. The worldwide rights to the series are held by the Rocknowski family of Santa Monica, CA in the US (production info from Andy Shepherd)

Speed Racer was the story of Speed, an 18 year old racing driver and his adventures on and off the track. On his helmet was printed M, originally standing for "Go Mifune" his original Japanese name. His girlfriend was Trixie, his younger brother Spritle, and Spritle's pet monkey was named Chim Chim. Speed's mechanic and best friend was Sparky. Speed's older brother was Rex, who also played Racer X- a masked racer with even Speed not knowing his real identity, and was an undercover agent. He had left home years ago and none of his family had seen him since.

Speed's car was known as the Mach 5. It was designed and built by his father "Pops" and was equipped with incredible features, operated by 7 buttons on the steering wheel.

  • A - jet propulsion and car elevation
  • B - special tires for rough terrain
  • C - saw blades at the front of the car for cutting through anything in his way
  • D - bullet proof windshield
  • E - super bright headlights
  • F - for driving underwater, equipped with an oxygen supply and periscope
  • G - robot bird released as a messenger pigeon

Carloco (Stallone and Shwartzenegger) purchased the rights to do a live action Speed Racer. They paid $10 million for the rights. The script was finished and even hired a casting agency and cast the parts. After the failure of Cliffhanger and Last Action hero, nothing became of it and so their licenses have expired. Too bad. I would have enjoyed it (from Dave Stenberg).

A new series titled "New series of Speed Racer" was produced by Fred Wolf films from Teenage Mutant Turtle fame and released in 1993, but was not as popular as the original, for a few reasons. The animation was done by American cartoonists, losing that great Manga effect; the storyline and animation seems only to appeal to small children and not to adults as the original one did. The artwork is nowhere near as good and the theme song was changed. The only things remaining are the original names. A big disappointment!

Now a live-action film is in production, starring Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. Learn more at www.speedracerthemovie.com.

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