17 October 2002 | raysond
The greatest Japanese cartoon ever!
Imagine that you're 17 years of age,had the cutest girlfriend and drove a car that could vault over a bridge and land on a pile of rubble without suffering a scratch---also his car was equipped with gadgets no one ever heard of including flying through the air and submerging underwater while winning ever race he was ever in.
The show was called "Speed Racer" and what kid during the mid-1960's and throughout the 1970's didn't yearn to be like him? Having all the fun while taking control of his state of the art car---the Mach V(Five) along with Pops Racer,girlfriend Trixie,and mischief tag alongs Spiral and pet monkey Chim-Chim and mechanic Sparky. Lets not forget Speed's mysterious brother who helps out too---Racer X.
Its original title was called Mach A Go-Go,and this show was on every kids mind when it came on every weekday afternoon and especially on Saturday mornings when you tuned in to the adventures of Speed Racer and his friends to see what exciting thrills to expect next,and with this show you'll never know what to expect or expect the unexpected.
Speed was the ideal high-velocity hero,a morally just teen who knew a karate chop from a judo kick and settled his battles behind the wheel of the world's coolest car which was the main feature of this show,and it was something to watch. No one it is one of the greatest Japanese cartoons ever made and set the standard for the rest of competition for the next three decades. It all started in 1967,and after 35 years later its continues its reign to this day.
Though animated by artists at Tatsunoko Production Co.,(which produced other Japanese cartoons like "Kimba The White Lion","Marine Boy",and "Belle and Sebastian" and this series)there is a gung-ho American sensibility to this Japanimation hit that has made the toon's U.S. dubbed version a success story that was repeated in 1994 as "The New Adventures Of Speed Racer"(which was absolute failure with the main stream audience: mostly children) as well as a upcoming theatrical live action feature that is coming to theatres very soon. An inspiring favorite that inclues real-life Speed Racers Michael Andretti and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon and actors Tom Cruise and Matt Damon. Speed Rules! Go Speed Go!