Hot Wheels (TV series)

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Hot Wheels
Genre Animated series
Created by Fred Crippen
Eddie Smardan
Ken Snyder
Voices of Bob Arbogast
Melinda Casey
Casey Kasem
Albert Brooks
Susan Davis
Nora Marlowe
Michael Rye
Theme music composer Mike Curb
Composer(s) Jack Fascinato
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17
Production
Executive producer(s) Kenneth C.T. Snyder
Producer(s) Fred Crippen
Eddie Smardan
Ken Snyder
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ken Snyder Properties, in association with Pantomime Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 6, 1969 – September 4, 1971

Hot Wheels was a thirty-minute Saturday morning animated television series broadcast on ABC from 1969 to 1971, under the primary sponsorship of Mattel Toys.

Synopsis[edit]

The series mainly focused on the racing exploits of a high school student, Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler, who led the Hot Wheels Racing Club.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Bob Arbogast as Doc Warren
  • Melinda Casey as Janet Martin
  • Albert Brooks as Kip Chogi
  • Susan Davis as Ardeth Pratt
  • Casey Kasem as Dexter Carter
  • Nora Marlowe as Mother O'Hare
  • Michael Rye as Mike Wheeler

FCC action[edit]

Some time during the show's broadcast, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received complaints from toy companies who argued that it was actually a thirty-minute commercial for the toys; one of them was Topper, a rival to Mattel.[1] The FCC obliged by ordering stations to log part of the airings as advertising time.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Owen, David (1988). "The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning". The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning—and Other Adventures in American Enterprise (Essay). Villard Books (Random House). pp. 174–175. ISBN 0-394-56810-9. 
  2. ^ Wojahn, Ellen (1988). "Team Play". Playing by Different Rules. American Management Association (amacom). pp. 98–99. ISBN 0-8144-5861-0. 

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