Trivia: Speed Racer

Series

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.
  • 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).
  • StillbornFranchise/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: 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.