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  • The Danza: Sort of. From episode 5 on, Michi (AKA: "Trixie") was voiced by Michiko Nomura.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The only way to get Mach Go Go Go subtitled (as the incomplete fansub project ceased once Funimation's license was announced) or the 1997 remake, as Funimation is only streaming the dub. The case is shaped like Speed's head.
  • 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.
      • And also because of the legal issues surrounding the dub of the 1997 remake, Funimation's release of said remake won't include the English dub and will be available with subtitles only.
    • 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.
  • Star-Making Role: This was Katsuji Mori's first major role into voice acting.


  • Billing Displacement: Roger Allam plays Royalton, the principal antagonist. So where is he on the poster cast list? Nowhere.
  • Box Office Bomb: It had a $120 million budget (with an added $80 million in marketing costs), and only managed $93 million in box office totals.
  • 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 reprised his role as Inspector Detector for the German-language release.
  • Promoted Fanboy: 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.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Latin American Spanish dub:
    • Arturo Mercado Jr. (Sparky) is the son of Arturo Mercado (Tetsuo Togokhan) as well as the cousin of Erica Edwards (Horuko Togokhan).
    • Andrea Coto, who plays Mom Racer, is the mother of Sergio Gutiérrez Coto, who voices Inspector Detector.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Stock Hanna-Barbera musical cues (first used in Jonny Quest) are reused in the anime scene.
  • Role Reprise: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci and Matthew Fox reprised their roles for the tie-in game.
  • Saved from Development Hell:
    • In September 1992, it was announced that Warner Bros. held the option to make a live-action Speed Racer film to be developed at Silver Pictures. In October 1994, Henry Rollins was offered the lead role. In June 1995, Johnny Depp was cast with Julien Temple directing, with production slated to begin the coming October, with filming to take place in California and Arizona. The following August, Depp requested time off for personal business, delaying production. However, due to an overly high budget, Temple left the project the same month and Depp followed suit. The studio considered Gus Van Sant as a replacement, though it would not grant him writing privileges. In December 1997, the studio briefly hired Alfonso Cuarón as director. In the various incarnations of the project, screenwriters Marc Levin, Jennifer Flackett, J. J. Abrams, and Patrick Read Johnson had been hired to write scripts.
    • In September 2000, the studio and producer Lauren Shuler Donner hired music video director Hype Williams to direct. In October 2001, screenwriters Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring were hired for $1.2 million split between them to write the script. Eventually, without production getting under way, the director and the writers left the project.
    • In June 2004, Vince Vaughn spearheaded a revival by presenting a take for the film that would develop the characters more strongly, with himself playing Racer X as well as serving as executive producer. With production never becoming active, Vaughn was eventually detached from the project.
    • The Wachowskis came aboard in October 2006, production began in Summer 2007 and the film was finally released in 2008.
  • Sequel in Another Medium: The video game adaptation is set one year after the film's events.
  • Star-Derailing Role:
    • This film hurt Emile Hirsch's future in Hollywood (especially after receiving much acclaim for his previous role in Into the Wild). He went into smaller roles for most of the 2010s, though he did bounce back a bit when he replaced his late friend Anton Yelchin as the voice of Jim in Trollhunters and managed to be part of the ensemble cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The assault charges he pled guilty to in 2015 didn't help matters either.
    • Christina Ricci disappeared from mainstream roles for a while afterwards, though she was still doing quite well in independent films. After attempting Career Resurrection with Z: The Beginning of Everything (which she produced), she finally achieved it with Yellowjackets.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Joel Silver said that The Wachowskis wanted to do the sequel in 3D. Alas, the film didn't make enough money to justify a sequel. Emile Hirsch tried to gain support for the sequel online in 2018, in the hopes that the film's cult fan base might justify it.
  • Voice-Only Cameo: Corrine Orr, the original Trixie, has a voice-only role as the Grand Prix's English announcer.
  • What Could Have Been:

General Trivia:

  • The actors who play Rex Racer and Racer X (Scott Porter and Matthew Fox, respectively) have the same birthday.