Trivia: Speed Racer

  • The Danza: Sort of. Michi (AKA: "Trixie") was voiced by Michiko Nomura.note 
  • Executive Meddling: 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 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.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: 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 DiC wound up in a lawsuit against Speed Racer Enterprises, over who REALLY owned the US rights to Speed Racer.
    • Laser-Guided Karma: And now it turns out that Speed Racer Enterprises lost the license to the series in 2011, and had been exploiting the property without permission from Tatsunoko and getting themselves into a lawsuit that resulted in Tatsunoko snatching the license from SRE, as a result Tatsunoko exclusively owns all Speed Racer intellectual property rights worldwide, and any licensing agreement must be made through the company. You can read more about it here
  • What Could Have Been: As mentioned above, Mach Go Go Go '97 was meant to run for 52 episodes.

  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ben Myles of Coupling fame as a sportscaster, and Richard Roundtree as old Ben Burns.
    • The original English voice actor for Speed and Racer X plays the Race Announcer.
    • Jack Shepard as Racer X, he even has the eye tears going at one point.
    • Trixie is Wednesday Addams.
    • Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. No description needed.
    • Rain...however, no one is sure if his status in Japan helped this movie.
  • 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).
  • What Could Have Been: Some of the people who were to work on the movie at certain points in the long, long pre-production stage: Henry Rollins and Vince Vaughn were both cast as Racer X. Johnny Depp was hired to play Speed himself. Gus Van Sant and Alfonso Cuaron were both attached to direct. J. J. Abrams was hired at one point to write the script.
  • The actors who play Rex Racer and Racer X (Scott Porter and Matthew Fox, respectively) have the same birthday.