History WesternAnimation / WackyRaces

14th Jan '17 5:39:14 AM Ccook1956
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* EyebrowWaggle: Muttley. Dick Dastardly does this at the end of "See Saw To Arkansas" when he stops his car just short of the finish line so he can [[LargeHam pose for the photo finish.]]
29th Dec '16 10:13:02 AM nombretomado
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A video from CartoonNetwork Australia is showing a reboot is happening in 2016 which is already sparking a bit of discussion. Additionally, a new comic book reinterpretation by Creator/DCComics called ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'' is set to mash the show up with a ''Film/MadMax'' inspired setting.

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A video from CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork Australia is showing a reboot is happening in 2016 which is already sparking a bit of discussion. Additionally, a new comic book reinterpretation by Creator/DCComics called ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'' is set to mash the show up with a ''Film/MadMax'' inspired setting.
10th Dec '16 2:50:39 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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Derived from the live-action comedy film ''Film/TheGreatRace'', ''Wacky Races'' is a Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon production where 11 outlandish vehicles compete in absurd cross-country races. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarious hijinks ensue]], partly due to whatever area they are racing through, but mostly due to the absurd lengths to which one racer (Dick Dastardly) goes to cheat and sabotage the race, even though these attempts backfire in the end and cause him to always finish in last place (if he even finishes at all).

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Derived from the live-action comedy film ''Film/TheGreatRace'', ''Wacky Races'' is a Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon production where 11 outlandish vehicles compete in absurd cross-country races. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarious hijinks ensue]], partly due to whatever area they are racing through, but mostly due to the absurd lengths to which one racer (Dick Dastardly) Dastardly, the quintessential DastardlyWhiplash) goes to cheat and sabotage the race, even though these attempts backfire in the end and cause him to always finish in last place (if he even finishes at all).
24th Nov '16 11:36:06 PM Ccook1956
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* PantyShot: An episode has Penelope Pitstop with her laundry wind-drying from her car as she drives, and on the line we see a slip and a pair of panties.



* PantyShot: An episode has Penelope Pitstop with her laundry wind-drying from her car as she drives, and on the line we see a slip and a pair of panties.
23rd Nov '16 11:39:03 PM Ccook1956
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** The unaired pilot for the revival ''Wacky Races Forever'' makes it a certainty. Dastardly (presumably the son of the original) is instructed by a figure in the employ of Peter Perfect (whose son Parker is racing) to just win the race, and he's a yard shy of the finish line, which Muttley points out. Dastardly bonks him on the head and firmly states, "No, Muttley, we can't win fairly. [[ContractualGenreBlindness We are villains... ergo we ''have'' to cheat!!]]"

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** The unaired pilot for the revival ''Wacky Races Forever'' makes it a certainty. Dastardly (presumably the son of the original) is instructed by a figure in the employ of Peter Perfect (whose son Parker is racing) to just win the race, and he's a yard shy of the finish line, which Muttley points out. Dastardly bonks him on the head and firmly states, "No, Muttley, we can't win fairly. [[ContractualGenreBlindness We are villains... ergo ergo, we ''have'' to cheat!!]]"
29th Oct '16 2:07:51 AM TitoMosquito
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** Theres also one episode of the old Gundam OVA series.

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** Theres There's also one episode of the old Gundam OVA series.
8th Sep '16 4:20:53 AM themisterfree
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Creator/HannaBarbera gave co-credit for it to Heatter-Quigley (the producers of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'') on Creator/{{CBS}} [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday morning]] in 1968, where ''Wacky Races'' marked the end of H-B's SuperHero adventure cycle and a return to slapstick comedy. Heatter-Quigley was to have provided a live game show segment in which children won prizes for predicting the outcome of the races; CBS nixed the plan, but Hanna-Barbera kept Heatter-Quigley in the end credits (even though the end copyright still reads "© 1968 by Hanna-Barbera Productions"). Subsequently, [[MoralGuardians Peggy Charren]], head of the organization Action for Children's Television, blackballed the show, charging that it enticed kids to make monetary wagers on the races' outcomes.

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Creator/HannaBarbera gave co-credit for it to Heatter-Quigley [[Creator/MerrillHeatter Heatter-Quigley]] (the producers of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'') on Creator/{{CBS}} [[SaturdayMorningCartoon Saturday morning]] in 1968, where ''Wacky Races'' marked the end of H-B's SuperHero adventure cycle and a return to slapstick comedy. Heatter-Quigley was to have provided a live game show segment in which children won prizes for predicting the outcome of the races; CBS nixed the plan, but Hanna-Barbera kept Heatter-Quigley in the end credits (even though the end copyright still reads "© 1968 by Hanna-Barbera Productions"). Subsequently, [[MoralGuardians Peggy Charren]], head of the organization Action for Children's Television, blackballed the show, charging that it enticed kids to make monetary wagers on the races' outcomes.
1st Aug '16 6:18:07 PM mlsmithca
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* TheFool: If you drove a car by reclining, sleeping and steering with your feet, you would drive about a hundred yards or so before crashing into something. Luke, however, does not need to worry about that.
** Although Blubber Bear does plenty of worrying for him.

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* TheFool: If you drove a car by reclining, sleeping and steering with your feet, you would drive about a hundred yards or so before crashing into something. Luke, however, does not need to worry about that.
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that. Although Blubber Bear does plenty of worrying for him.



* LiteralMinded: Numerous examples (in the interest of wordplay), at least one of which cost a racer first place; in "By Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs", when Sgt. Blast told Pvt. Meekley to "head for that finish line, and step on it", Meekley hurried to the finish line ''on foot'' and planted his foot firmly on the line. He then had to watch as Red Max, the Slag Brothers, and Lazy Luke and Blubber crossed the line in their cars and took the top three spots.

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* LiteralMinded: Numerous examples (in the interest of wordplay), at wordplay).
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least one of which example cost a racer first place; in "By Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs", when Sgt. Blast told Pvt. Meekley to "head for that finish line, and step on it", Meekley hurried to the finish line ''on foot'' and planted his foot firmly on the line. He then had to watch as Red Max, the Slag Brothers, and Lazy Luke and Blubber crossed the line in their cars and took the top three spots.



* MadScientist: Professor Pat Pending is a relatively mild version of this.
** From what little we see of him, his {{Expy}} (son?) in the remake seems to be a more classic example.

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* MadScientist: Professor Pat Pending is a relatively mild version of this.
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this. From what little we see of him, his {{Expy}} (son?) in the remake seems to be a more classic example.



** TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dick Dastardly was based on [[Creator/TerryThomas Terry-Thomas]]; Clyde, on Edward G. Robinson in ''Film/LittleCaesar'', and Red Max, on the World War I pilot Max Immelmann.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Dick Dastardly was based on [[Creator/TerryThomas Terry-Thomas]]; Clyde, on Edward G. Robinson in ''Film/LittleCaesar'', and Red Max, on the World War I pilot Max Immelmann.



* PercussiveMaintenance: The Bouldermobile.
** At one point the car pulls out its own club and hits back just before completely falling apart.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: The Bouldermobile.
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Bouldermobile. At one point the car pulls out its own club and hits back just before completely falling apart.



* TricksterArchetype: Dick Dastardly. Sure, he can win the race by playing fair, but he insists playing the race his way. Of course he loses, but he keeps coming back for more.
** "The Super Silly Swamp Sprint" has Dastardly saying the other racers forced him to be a bad guy in a clear case of CrocodileTears, as he adds I don't ''want'' to use those destructive machines but they leave me with no other choice.

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* TricksterArchetype: Dick Dastardly. Sure, he can win the race by playing fair, but he insists playing the race his way. Of course he loses, but he keeps coming back for more.
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more. "The Super Silly Swamp Sprint" has Dastardly saying the other racers forced him to be a bad guy in a clear case of CrocodileTears, as he adds I don't ''want'' to use those destructive machines but they leave me with no other choice.



** He doesn't drive; Meekly does. And given that all controls he deals with are by hand (firing stuff)...
1st Aug '16 6:15:47 PM mlsmithca
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* Penelope Pitstop's beauty gadgets, built into her Compact Pussycat.
** She's also been shown cooking rotisserie chicken and popcorn under the car's hood (using heat from the engine).

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* Penelope Pitstop's beauty gadgets, built into her Compact Pussycat.
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Pussycat. She's also been shown cooking rotisserie chicken and popcorn under the car's hood (using heat from the engine).



* TheAce: Peter Perfect.
** Well, he tries to be, anyway. Considering how often the Turbo Terrific gets wrecked, he could qualify as a [[ParodySue Parody Stu]].

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* TheAce: Peter Perfect.
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Perfect. Well, he tries to be, anyway. Considering how often the Turbo Terrific gets wrecked, he could qualify as a [[ParodySue Parody Stu]].



* AffectionateParody: By ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', in the episode "Dexter's Wacky Races". They even use Hoyt Curtin's background music from ''Wacky Races'' as well as Ted Nichols' music from ''Motormouse and Autocat'' and ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.

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* AffectionateParody: AffectionateParody:
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By ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', in the episode "Dexter's Wacky Races". They even use Hoyt Curtin's background music from ''Wacky Races'' as well as Ted Nichols' music from ''Motormouse and Autocat'' and ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.



** ''SouthPark'' even gets in the act in the episode "Handicar." The racers are mainly comprised of some of the episode's characters, but they even throw in Dick Dastardly and Muttley as well (both looking long in the tooth after 45-plus years).

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** ''SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' even gets in the act in the episode "Handicar." The racers are mainly comprised of some of the episode's characters, but they even throw in Dick Dastardly and Muttley as well (both looking long in the tooth after 45-plus years).



** In the ''The Great Cold Rush Race'', Dastardly inflated an inflatable version of the Mean Machine from ''inside'' it to overtake the other cars into first place, but it backfired when Muttley tapped him on the back, inflating Dastardly.
** In ''Whizzin' to Washington'', Dastardly uses his breath to inflate a giant balloon hoping to send the other cars away by popping it. The balloon floats while Dastardly is inflating it, allowing the cars to pass.

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** In the ''The "The Great Cold Rush Race'', Race", Dastardly inflated an inflatable version of the Mean Machine from ''inside'' it to overtake the other cars into first place, but it backfired when Muttley tapped him on the back, inflating Dastardly.
** In ''Whizzin' "Whizzin' to Washington'', Washington", Dastardly uses his breath to inflate a giant balloon hoping to send the other cars away by popping it. The balloon floats while Dastardly is inflating it, allowing the cars to pass.



* AnimatedSeries



* BrokenAesop: The ending of "Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist" has this. Dick Dastardly just won a race! And by legitimate means, too! How could...oh, it's been recalled and the trophy taken away because...the nose-cone of his car extended on an accordion-thing and crossed the finish line first? How is that gimmick any more deserving of disqualification than ''everything else on the show''?
** To add insult to injury, Peter Perfect wins a race in another episode by doing exactly that, and no one complains. Though admittedly, Peter's rear wheels were in front of the competitor behind him when he crossed the finish line, so an extension wouldn't really matter.
*** Probably because StatusQuoIsGod. Dick Dastardly must always lose, no matter what the other racers do.
* CatchPhrase: "Drat and double drat!" for Dick Dastardly; "And the wacky beat goes on" for the {{Narrator}}

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* BrokenAesop: The ending of "Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist" has this. Dick Dastardly just won a race! And by legitimate means, too! How could...oh, it's been recalled and the trophy taken away because...the nose-cone of his car extended on an accordion-thing and crossed the finish line first? How is that gimmick any more deserving of disqualification than ''everything else on the show''?
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show''? To add insult to injury, Peter Perfect wins a race in another episode by doing exactly that, and no one complains. Though admittedly, Peter's rear wheels were in front of the competitor behind him when he crossed the finish line, so an extension wouldn't really matter.
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matter. Probably because StatusQuoIsGod. Dick Dastardly must always lose, no matter what the other racers do.
* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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"Drat and double drat!" for Dick Dastardly; "And the wacky beat goes on" for the {{Narrator}}{{Narrator}}.



* ComicBookAdaptation: Seven issues by Creator/GoldKeyComics, plus an appearance in ''Golden Comics Digest'' #2 and ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #5. Also two issues by Franchise/ArchieComics and a few by Creator/DCComics.
** In the Gold Key issues, the cars are shown running from left to right, whereas they go right to left on the TV show. Also, a running gag on some stories loosely adapted from TV episodes has Penelope Pitstop managing to eliminate Peter Perfect and Red Max by getting them to fight over her. Peter's car in the Gold Key series was called the Varoom Roadster (its working name) and the Ant Hill Mob's car was the Roaring Plenty (identified in the show as such once).
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Slag Brothers.
** Their design was recycled for {{WesternAnimation/Captain Caveman|AndTheTeenAngels}} (except there was only one of him).

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* ComicBookAdaptation: Seven issues by Creator/GoldKeyComics, plus an appearance in ''Golden Comics Digest'' #2 and ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #5. Also two issues by Franchise/ArchieComics and a few by Creator/DCComics.
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Creator/DCComics. In the Gold Key issues, the cars are shown running from left to right, whereas they go right to left on the TV show. Also, a running gag on some stories loosely adapted from TV episodes has Penelope Pitstop managing to eliminate Peter Perfect and Red Max by getting them to fight over her. Peter's car in the Gold Key series was called the Varoom Roadster (its working name) and the Ant Hill Mob's car was the Roaring Plenty (identified in the show as such once).
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Slag Brothers.
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Brothers. Their design was recycled for {{WesternAnimation/Captain Caveman|AndTheTeenAngels}} (except there was only one of him).



** Averted by the Ant Hill Mob in "Free Wheeling to Wheeling":

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** Averted by the Ant Hill Mob in "Free Wheeling to Wheeling":Wheeling" (which does win them the race):



*** To be sure, they do win it.
31st Jul '16 3:09:28 PM CorahsUncle
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* MarketBasedTitle: In Latin America (and Spain), the show is known as "Los Autos Locos" (lit.: The Crazy Cars); in Japan it's called "Chiki Chiki Mou Race"; in France, the show's name is "Les Fous du Volant" ("The Crazy Drivers").
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