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* TheDanza: Sort of. Michi (AKA: "Trixie") was voiced by '''Michi'''ko Nomura.[[note]]Who was actually the second voice of Michi (beginning with episode 5 onwards), but is the most well known one.[[/note]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: The 1997 remake. When it was failing to catch on with audiences and the ratings, the original director was fired, causing the production to be suddenly overhauled. Although [[TropesAreNotBad this might have been for the better]], it still failed to bring the ratings up and production ceased after the 34th episode, with 52 stories originally having been planned.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers:
** DiC's 2002 "Speed Racer X" dub of the aforementioned remake. It's unknown exactly how many episodes got dubbed, but only 13 managed to be aired before [[http://variety.com/2003/biz/news/dic-takes-speed-to-court-1117885056/ DiC sued Speed Racer Enterprises, over who REALLY owned the US rights to Speed Racer]].
** Speed Racer Enterprises' license to ''Speed Racer'' expired in 2011, and was exploiting it without permission from [[{{Creator/Tatsunoko Production}} Tatsunoko]]. Tatsunoko sued SRE in October 2012 and by December 2013, the lawsuits between the two companies were dismissed. Since then, Tatsunoko controls all ''Speed Racer'' intellectual property rights worldwide, and any licensing agreement must be made through the company. And in this case, it was combined with LaserGuidedKarma. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-01-04/speed-racer-rights-revert-to-tatsunoko-with-lawsuit-settled You can read more about it here]].
*** And surprisingly, in July 2015, [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-25/funimation-licenses-speed-racer-noein-anime/.90893 the series was licensed]] by Creator/{{Funimation}}.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned above, ''Mach Go Go Go '97'' was meant to run for 52 episodes.


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* BigNameFan: Internet celebrity Egoraptor/Arin Hanson has stated multiple times on ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' that this is his all-time favorite movie.
* BillingDisplacement: Roger Allam plays Royalton, the principle antagonist. So where is he on the poster cast list? Nowhere.
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $120 million (not counting marketing costs), $200 million (counting them). Box office, $93,945,766.
* CastingGag:
** The Japanese dub of the film brings back three of the original voice actors, albeit in different roles. Creator/KenjiUtsumi, the voice of Inspector Detector in the original series, voices Pops Racer; Kiyoshi Kobayashi (the original voice of Mr. Black) is the voice of Tetsuo Togokhan; and Katsuji Mori (the original Speed Racer) voices Ben Burns.
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, Arturo Mercado (the original voice actor of Speed Racer) voices Tetsuo Togokhan.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: In the Japanese dub, Speed Racer and Trixie are voiced by Jin Akanishi and Aya Ueto.
* PromotedFanboy: Composer Michael Giacchino was a fan of the original anime series as a child and he incorporated Nobuyoshi Koshibe's main theme when he scored the film. Emile Hirsch was also a big fan.
* StarDerailingRole: This film basically hurt Emile Hirsch's future in Hollywood (especially after receiving much acclaim for his previous role in ''Film/IntoTheWild''), along with Creator/ChristinaRicci's career. The two have more or less disappeared into smaller projects (in Ricci's case) or gone into smaller roles (in Hirsch's case).
* {{Stillborn Franchise}}/FranchiseKiller: Plans for a sequel were cancelled when this movie failed to perform. It also severely damaged the ''Speed Racer'' franchise as well.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Some of the people who were to work on the movie at certain points in the long, ''[[DevelopmentHell long]]'' pre-production stage: Music/HenryRollins and Creator/VinceVaughn were both cast as Racer X. Creator/JohnnyDepp was hired to play Speed himself. Creator/GusVanSant and Creator/AlfonsoCuaron were both attached to direct. Creator/JJAbrams was hired at one point to write the script. Also, at one point in the 1990s, Creator/NicolasCage was considered for Racer X.
** Creator/ShiaLaBeouf, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt and Creator/ZacEfron were considered for Speed Racer.
** Creator/ElishaCuthbert, Creator/KateMara and Creator/RoseMcGowan were considered for Trixie.
** Creator/KeanuReeves turned down the role of Racer X.
** Joel Silver said that the Wachowskis wanted to do the sequel in 3D. Alas, [[FranchiseKiller the film didn't make enough money to justify a sequel]].
* The actors who play Rex Racer and Racer X (Scott Porter and Matthew Fox, respectively) have the same birthday.