Trivia / Speed Racer

Series
  • The Danza: Sort of. From episode 5 on, Michi (AKA: "Trixie") was voiced by Michiko Nomura.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Speed Racer Enterprises' rights to Speed Racer expired in 2011. Tatsunoko Production 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. You can read more about it here.
    • And surprisingly, in July 2015, the series was licensed by 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.
    • 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.

Film
  • Big Name Fan: Internet celebrity Egoraptor/Arin Hanson has stated multiple times on Game Grumps that this is his all-time favorite movie.
  • Billing Displacement: Roger Allam plays Royalton, the principle antagonist. So where is he on the poster cast list? Nowhere.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $120 million (not counting marketing costs), $200 million (counting them). Box office, $93,945,766.
  • Casting Gag:
    • The Japanese dub of the film brings back three of the original voice actors, albeit in different roles. Kenji Utsumi, 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.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Speed Racer and Trixie are voiced by Jin Akanishi and Aya Ueto.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Benno Fürmann dubs himself as Inspector Detector in the German dub.
  • Promoted Fanboy: 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.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Stock Hanna-Barbera musical cues (first used in Jonny Quest) are reused in the anime scene.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This film basically hurt Emile Hirsch's future in Hollywood (especially after receiving much acclaim for his previous role in Into the Wild), along with Christina Ricci'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/Franchise Killer: Plans for a sequel were cancelled when this movie failed to perform. It also severely damaged the Speed Racer franchise as well.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • The actors who play Rex Racer and Racer X (Scott Porter and Matthew Fox, respectively) have the same birthday.

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