YMMV / Wacky Races

  • Accidental Innuendo: At least one episode, "Speeding for Smogland'', shows a VIBRATOR option on Penelope Pitstop's dashboard.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Dick Dastardly constantly gets far enough ahead before stopping to cheat, proving him to be the best racer out of all of them. Isn't it more likely he has more fun losing creatively than the hollow victory of an easy win? Or is he simply too fixated on cheating to realize he's good enough to win without having to cheat?
    • Did Dick's genie make honest mistakes or was he intentionally twisting Dick's commands out of hatred for having to do a bad guy's bidding?
  • Designated Villain: Dick Dastardly has shades. He's the villain of the cartoon who repeatedly cheats to win, but the other racers too often cheat or have unfair advantages thanks to gadgets attached to their vehicles, and nothing is said about them. The different is that Dick usually sets traps to take the other racers out permanently, or targets the drivers themselves. Still, sometimes Dick is not any worse than the other competitors yet is treated as a scoundrel.
  • Ear Worm: Go look up チキチキマシン猛レース and you will find the Japanese theme song and soon to follow will be the theme from Dastardly and Muttley.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dick Dastardly, leading to much Rooting for the Empire.
  • Freud Was Right: Peter Perfect with his long extendable car.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: For some reason this show was really popular in Japan, and anime creators like making episodes in homage to it.
    • Considering that Speed Racer is fairly popular, it only makes sense.
      • Anybody considering a match-off between Speed Racer and Penelope Pitstop?
    • The Japanese really love them some street racing. Notice how anime and mangaka like Initial D and Wangan Midnight are hot sellers in the country.
    • Dick Dastardly is the most popular Hanna-Barbera character in Japan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Now, the name "Dick" is all the more fitting.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rassin' frassin'...
    • Muttley's wheezy laugh.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many people want to see Dick Dastardly win for once.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Penelope Pitstop was the only female racer, and got her own spinoff series.
  • Values Dissonance: Penelope with her stereotypical feminine mannerisms and car with essentially useless cosmetic gear would never pass muster today. A 2001 Cartoon Network Web Animation short shows how she can be updated.
  • Woolseyism: In the Latin American dub (which was broadcast in Spain, too), Dick Dastardly was turned into a Frenchman, called Pierre Nodoyuna (Nodoyuna -"No doy una"- is a colloquial Spanish term for "I always fail"). The change actually helped Dastardly's appeal in the Spanish-speaking countries, and he still remains a fairly popular character.

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