Western Animation: Speed Racer: The Next Generation
A young man, somewhere in a desert, anxiously awaits his first day at the Racing Academy to become a great car racer. He immediately becomes the new guy- he's always picked on, makes only two friends, and arrives with no racing car of his own. Then he discovers the remains of the one and only Mach 5 in a near-by junkyard! With his rebuilt Mach 6, unusual racing talent, and mysterious lineage, the man realizes for the first time in his life that he is Speed Racer's second-born long-lost son!Oh, and did we mention his NAME is Speed? From the beginning?! And he never once suspected anything before?!Speed Racer: The Next Generation is the third consecutive television adaptation as a Sequel Reset taking place 40 years from the original storyline to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the entire franchise, making it also a Revival. Nicktoons Network aired the entire 26-episode season from 2008 to 2009. If the stiff, Flash-animated characters look familiar, it's because Animation Collective, probably best known for animating the first original NicktoonKappa Mikey, produced and premiered this series in conjunction to the wide release of the live-action feature film. It is quite possibly the most successful of the adaptations, considering the first two never even made it past being canceled during their run! Maybe it's because this show took the story forward to the next generation, thereby hopping over whatever scrutiny die-hard otakus would throw. 95% of the characters are brand new anyway, which makes for a more original story, yet when it does get nostalgic, the tributes are amazingly accurate. The late Peter Fernandez, the producer of the dub of the original show, as well as the lyricist for the English theme song and the voice of Speed, was brought in to voice an adult Spritle.A second season premiered on March 24th, 2011, with Toonz Entertainment in India taking over the outsourced animation this time, since Animation Collective had financial problems. Speed Sr. reveals more about his motives for going into hiding in this season, and we get more information about the Committee. After his death, the voices of Peter Fernandez's roles were replaced with another voice actor.
Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud - Used in the episode "The Dance", may be justified in the fact that it's virtual. Doesn't change the fact that This Troper was terrified when Speed was sucked up into the tornado seeing as how she had tornado safety drilled into her head since she moved to the infamous Tornado Alley.
Hard Light - In the third part of The Fast Track, various elements from the Virtual Track cross into the real world to wreck havoc, including Conor's gigantic caveman version of himself that he initially programmed for fun!
Lazy Artist - The Flash characters are stiff, with outlines that have no life to them, interacting with Conspicuous CG environments and race cars (the Maya models aren't even rendered with a finished look)! In the pilot movie, two shots have badly-mixed shading over the characters◊, prompting the studio never to use shading on them again except for extreme cases.
That is, until the second season, when the shading returns only it looks slightly better due to actually having an animation budget.
Red Eyes, Take Warning - Used in "The Hunt for Truth" Part 3, when everyone is hypnotized by Baron Von Monocle.
Shout-Out - Countless... all to the original show.
Well... almost all... But the ones that aren't to the original show do have relevance to the plot twist in season 2 (the time travel) (with the exception of Star Wars... That was relevant to season 1). Back to the Future and Jurrasic Park are two great examples.
An entire episode includes a car with speech capabilities in a shout-out to Knight Rider.
In response to various viewers pointing out the show's similarities to Harry Potter, Ron, Harry, and Hermoine can be seen in a second-long shot during an assembly meeting about disobeying strict new school rules.
Status Quo Is God - Particularly jarring in a show like this, where continuity seems to be present underneath individual arcs but cannot surface.
Annalise was established as one of the antagonists by the end of the first season, and is dumped by X, yet in the second season, she's still a student at the Academy, and is one of X's circle of friends, and Speed and Lucy are fine and dandy with it!
It doesn't start out that way, though. X, Speed and Lucy are all initially shocked and appalled that Annalise is back and even go through somewhat elaborate measures to get rid of her when they're forced to be on the same team. Only after Annalise sacrifices her car does the gang trust her. But it's still a bit fast paced. She did attempt to asphyxiate Speed, after all.
Speed's goal in the third three-part movie is to win a major corporate car company (whose founder and main owner bet it on the race) that will give him enough money to finally leave the Academy, and develop the gasless engine! Of course, they win. Then in the last two minutes of the third episode, reporters rush in telling him that because Ranford was a fraud, the shares were all dumped, so the company went belly up and their prize is now useless!
Villain Decay - Zile and Stan spend most of Season Two under arrest, while the main characters deal with new threats. Additionally, Zile's status as a mogul has left his hands tied in ways they weren't when he was Captain Terror, leader of the Car Acrobatics Team. And the Tough Ranger SUV has poor mileage and can't maneuver nearly as well as his old racing car.
Visible Invisibility - Speed and Chim-Chim become invisible when accidentally getting caught in Conor's invention for the Mach 6. To help the viewers, their silhouettes are embossed on whatever they're moving over, with a wave distortion inside them. Of course, the other characters cannot see them AT ALL.
We All Live in America - The writers failed to observe the fact that the characters from the original show were, well, Japanese. In this show, Speed, Spritle and X are American. It takes place in a desert akin to Arizona, with truckers and country hicks! Did they not realize Speed Sr. traveled all over the world?!
Apparently it's better than Preston dePedal, an alias X has to use to gain access to Alpha Academy.
Logical Fallacies - Various scientific explanations could never possibly occur. How would you make "inertial dampeners" in racing suits?!
Your Mind Makes It Real - Crashes in the Virtual Track are not fatal, as any racer who does crash immediately gets dispensed back into the real world unharmed. However, the faculty can program any obstacle to injure a student, which is rarely done. Also occurs when Conor's giant doppleganger runs loose.