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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Americans Love Speed Racer]]: 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.
* 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.
* 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 more juicier.]]
* 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.
* NightmareFuel: There was a scene where Trixie has a nightmare where she runs up to Speed from behind, and he turns around and he's a ''[[http://i.imgur.com/54sUkoA.jpg snarling blue faced demon with nasty sharp pointy teeth]]''... Who gets set ''on FIRE''.
* 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.
** 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.

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* 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.
* CreatorsPet: The producers grossly overestimated how much the bulk of the audience would like Spritle.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[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 song 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 CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** It's Creator/MichaelGiacchino. Of course it's Awesome.
* 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.
* 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: With the possible exception of the Casa Cristo fight scene (''maybe'' there wasn't another way for them to get out of that mess), the movie would've been just fine without Spritle and the monkey.
** Snake Oiler is one of the whiniest and most annoying villains to appear onscreen.
* SoBadItsGood: Possibly [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Either way, be it design or accident, it's a damn awesome movie if you're in the right mindset.
* 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.''
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Admit it, you really wanted to see Speed use the homing robot.
* VindicatedByHistory: Upon the film's release in 2008, it was both a critical and commercial bomb. However, as more and more people have discovered the film in bargain bins, many are now hailing it as one of the most faithful adaptations ever, extremely fun, and with groundbreaking visuals. Indeed, its anime-esque visual style is even beginning to appear again in films that would by released several years later, such as ''Film/ScottPilgrim'', ''Film/SuckerPunch'', ''Film/TronLegacy'', and to an extent, ''Film/PacificRim''.
** The film has also influenced a big-budget blockbuster franchise. It was after proving that bright, high-energy, almost cartoon-like action would work in live-action film that GenndyTartakovsky was tapped to storyboard ''Film/IronMan 2'' because his personal style is very much like that seen in ''Speed Racer''.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Courtesy of Creator/DigitalDomain[[note]] And SonyPicturesImageworks, Creator/CafeFX, IndustrialLightAndMagic, Creator/RisingSunPictures, {{BUF}} [[Creator/FilmRoman and]] [[Creator/CompositeImageSystems other]] [[Creator/PacificTitle companies]][[/note]]
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