!! The Series
* EarWorm:
** The main theme ''will'' stay in your head forever.
** The Russian version of the intro song known as New Adventures of Speed Racer is permanently etched into subconscious of a whole generation.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While not exactly obscure in Japan, ''Mach [=GoGoGo=]'' is mostly known there for being popular in America. In fact, even the Japanese dub of the live-action film kept the American title and names of the characters and the 1997 remake was mainly made with the intention of dubbing it overseas.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The GRX from "The Fastest Car In The World" has a top speed of 250 mph and requires drivers to take a special drug to handle the speed. 250 mph is the approximate top speed of the Bugatti Veyron which has been driven that fast without any ill effects. In fact, when it was first shown on ''Series/TopGear'', the presenter who first took it to said top speed was James "Captain Slow" May.
** Speed's/Go's Japanese voice actor Katsuji Mori would later play another energetic character who likes being fast, ans supports the number 5.
* ItWasHisSled: [[LukeIAmYourFather Racer X is Speed's brother]]. This was [[spoiler: almost convincingly]] subverted in TheMovie, [[spoiler:making the DoubleSubversion at the end all the juicier (and more heartbreaking)]].
* MemeticMutation: Everyone has parodied how every character in the show is a MotorMouth.
* NarmCharm:
** The English dub. It may make everyone a MotorMouth, and be full of all kinds of weird [[VerbalTic verbal tics]]... and yet, the show wouldn't be nearly as beloved as it is without the corny acting.
** The narration dramatically reveals Racer X's true identity (it's Speed's brother!!) practically OnceAnEpisode, which goes from [[ViewersAreGoldfish annoying and slightly patronizing]] to ridiculously funny after about the fourth or fifth time it happens.
* SoBadItsGood: Except it's so bad it's ''awesome''.
* SubbingVsDubbing: Many people actually prefer the ''dub'' because, well, a lot of people grew up on it and it has its NarmCharm from being made in the 60s.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The "ninjas" were changed to "Assassins" in the dub. Which is actually correct, given their role in history.
** Also while it did have renames, cut scenes and so on, it was one of the very first anime imports that tried to keep the spirit of the original show as faithfully as possible.

!! The Film
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The whole soundtrack, but especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Ppk66I8J4&feature=PlayList&p=72D37D7679AAB793&index=7 Reboot]], played during the final race in which Speed [[spoiler: restarts his car from being burned out during the race and comes from dead last to first place]]. The track combines and recreates old pieces of the original ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' soundtrack with a more modern and high-tech feel, with a bit of chorus in the background, culminating in the ''perfect'' musical accompaniment for Speed's main SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.
** It's Creator/MichaelGiacchino. Of course it's Awesome.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Part of the reason why the movie didn't do too well is because it tried to keep the campy tone of the original series.
* BetterThanCanon: In the anime, Speed was a BoringInvincibleHero who ALWAYS WON...and yet, only because Racer X always let him. In the movie, Speed is still important (as in TheChosenOne [[SeriousBusiness of Car Racing]]), but he's toned down a bit, and this time he's better at racing than Racer X, so his victories don't seem so cheap. Trixie taking a slightly more active role is also well-received.
* MisaimedMarketing / TrailersAlwaysLie: The advertising blundered just enough to make a difference. It appeared to be a purely badass action movie with eye-popping inventive visuals. It turned out to have a more childish tone, in keeping with the anime. The advertising also downplayed the presence of Spritle and played up the presence of Christina Ricci.
** The advertising also gave the impression that it was an InNameOnly adaptation.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The Nintendo Wii video game is considered a pretty good ''VideoGame/FZero'' knockoff.
** The Nintendo DS version is pretty good too.
* PoorMansSubstitute: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cruncher Block]] for almost any character ever played by [[LondonGangster Tom Wilkinson]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Many have accused the victory milk drinking as an example of FrothyMugsOfWater, but it's actually a reference to a real life racing tradition, most famously the Indianapolis 500.
* TheScrappy: Snake Oiler is one of the whiniest and most annoying villains to appear onscreen. Though granted, that's likely the point.
* SoBadItsGood: Possibly [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Either way, be it design or accident, it's a damn awesome movie if you're in the right mindset.
* SpiritualAdaptation: It's, arguably, just as viable an adaptation of ''VideoGame/FZero'' as it is of ''Anime/SpeedRacer''.
* TearJerker:
** The family watching Rex's [[spoiler:fake]] FaceHeelTurn and subsequent death. Even knowing what will probably happen as a result of knowing the cartoon, watching the family deal with this is downright ''heartbreaking.''
** Few people with a sibling can avoid InelegantBlubbering or at the very ''least'' ManlyTears when Speed lets his foot off the gas to let his dead brother's lap record stand.
** And nearer the end of the film, John Goodman's Pops is heartbreakingly sincere as he refuses to make the same mistake he did with Rex, assuring Speed that he will always love him and welcome him home no matter what.
* VindicatedByHistory: As the years have gone on, the film has found several defenders and even a decent sized fanbase, with even Time Magazine and Den of Geek looking back at the film as being underappreciated, and is sometimes even compared to works like ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' and ''Film/PacificRim'' in terms of quality.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Courtesy of Creator/DigitalDomain.[[note]] And Creator/SonyPicturesImageworks, Creator/CafeFX, Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic, Creator/RisingSunPictures, {{BUF}} [[Creator/FilmRoman and]] [[Creator/CompositeImageSystems other]] [[Creator/PacificTitle companies]][[/note]]
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