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* TheDanza: Sort of. From episode 5 on, Michi (AKA: "Trixie") was voiced by '''Michi'''ko Nomura.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Speed Racer Enterprises' rights to ''Speed Racer'' expired in 2011. Creator/TatsunokoProduction sued SRE for exploiting their rights without their consent in October 2012. When the lawsuits were dismissed in December 2013, the ''Speed Racer'' intellectual property rights were reverted to Tatsunoko, and any licensing agreement must be made through the company. [[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}}, which re-released the English version in 2017 and plans to bring out the subtitled Japanese version for the first time in North America.
*** And also because of the legal issues surrounding the dub of the 1997 remake, Funimation's release of said remake won't include the English dub and will be available with subtitles only.
** Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.


[[folder: Film ]]

* 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: It had a $120 million budget (with an added $80 million in marketing costs), and only managed $93 million in box office totals.
* CastingGag[=/=]RemakeCameo:
** 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.
* MultipleLanguagesSameVoiceActor: Benno Fürmann dubs himself as Inspector Detector in the German dub.
* 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.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Stock Creator/HannaBarbera musical cues (first used in WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest) are reused in the anime scene.
* 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.