The New Adventures of Speed Racer
|The New Adventures of Speed Racer|
(based on the original manga and anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida)
|Country of origin||Japan
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||first-run syndication|
|Original release||1993 – 1994|
The New Adventures of Speed Racer was an update of the Speed Racer cartoon series. This new Americanized version was designed as a single 13-episode season (the first episode was entitled “The Mach 5’s First Trial”), with the intent of launching a feature film adaptation. Issues with Warner Brothers having the live action rights forestall negotiations and investments for the film and the series ended accordingly, though it did provide a massive merchandising reboot for the intellectual property, which found a resurgence thanks to a major toy line. The series concept was born out of a pitch from PANGEA to then property-owners, John and James Rocknowski of Speed Racer Enterprises, Inc. Fred Wolf of Murakami, Wolf & Swenson, had also pitched the notion of rebooting the franchise. PANGEA, having worked developmentally with Playmates Toys in association with Fred Wolf on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, worked with Speed Racer Enterprises on the series development, including the merchandising, which included a toy line from Ace Novelty Toys, comic books by NOW Comics, and novelties by NJ Croce. The series also proved to be popular with the Russian audience. A new theme song was written.
The “New Adventures” part of the title comes from official documents used for TV listings. The show itself is referred to onscreen as simply “Speed Racer.” Coincidentally, Speed Racer X is known in Brazil as “As Novas Aventuras de Speed Racer,” which literally translates into “The New Adventures of Speed Racer.”
- Speed Racer - ???
- Sparky, Racer X - Thom Pinto 
- Trixie - ???
- Spritle - ???
- Chim-Chim - ???
- Pops Racer - ???
- The Mach 5's First Trial
- The Pleasantville Terror
- The Race Against X
- The Creature from the Sombra Lagoon
- Trouble in Deep Twelve
- The Mach-5 Is Missing
- Race to the Future
- Escape from the Past
- Samurai Racers
- Dawn of the Mutants
- Return to the Future
- Attack from the Future
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