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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.
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    • 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.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Speed Racer Wiki.


  • 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: 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.
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  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Benno Fürmann dubbed his own lines for the German-language release.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Composer 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., the voice of Sparky, is the son of Tetsuo Togokhan's VA, Arturo Mercado. His aunt, Erica Edwards, plays 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.
  • 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, though he did bounce back a bit when he replaced his late friend Anton Yelchin as the voice of Jim in Trollhunters).
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  • Stillborn Franchise/Franchise Killer: Plans for a sequel were cancelled when this movie failed to perform. It also severely damaged the Speed Racer franchise as well.
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  • The actors who play Rex Racer and Racer X (Scott Porter and Matthew Fox, respectively) have the same birthday.


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