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Speed Racer the Next Generation - The Beginning
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- The Making of Speed Racer: The Next Generation
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Speed Racer the Next Generation - The Beginning tells the story of Speed, an orphan who gets to join an elite racing academy to learn how to be a great racer. There, he meets Conor and Lucy as well as X whom he later learns is his brother. Spritle from the old tv series is headmaster of the academy in this show. But, the evil Zile Zazic is the series protagonist who is trying to get his hands on the Mach 6. Things get pretty interesting in this barely over an hour animated film.
While it probably won't appeal to original Speed Racer fans, it will appeal to the younger set. Honestly, though, I enjoyed it very much.
Speed registers and meets the now grown Spritle of Speed Racer: The Complete Classic Series Collection as he is the school headmaster, voiced by Peter Fernandez who voiced the afore mentioned original, cool. Pictures of Speed and Racer X appear throughout the school, give the viewer (if they watched the original) a warm feeling.
The say Speed Racer went missing years ago. This young Speed has a key and a red scarf, he wass raised in an orphage. The key leads to the original Mach 5 which is in pieces in a junk yard. Speed's new friend Conner helps him assemble it.
X is less than happy, he is Speed Racer's son! A race for unlimited car parts follows. There is a virtual track so they can race on anything. Fun, cool. At one point it is almost like Death Race (Theatrical) when some evil vehicles show up.
Fun addition to the story that is Speed Racer! 66 min. long.
Includes some interviews.
I find it hard to believe that anyone could give this series a 5 star review. I'm sure there are some others who will enjoy it more than I did, but 5 stars is just out of the question with something this poorly done.
My son LOVES the TV show. That's what it is all about. Entertaining
kids. Good, clean fun with some socially redeeming value. I was a teen
when the original Speed Racer show hit American TV. I go into while
babysitting. It made a lot of sense to do a "next" generation.
We also appreciate how they do the animation style. Speed Racer anime
style. Highly recommend this DVD (and the TV show!)
Thankfully, there are a few friendly faces at the academy: the sensible Lucy, the quirky Conor and Chim-Chim the pesky, monkeylike robot. After a little trash-talkin' with the other students at the academy, the kids hit the track (where the visuals -- lush, bright and heavy on the oranges and blues like the original until now -- turn more photographic and three-dimensional and CG). Despite a technical mishap with the clunker car he was given, Speed makes an impression. X, determined to reflect the legacy of his father, is getting a mite bit jealous.
Lionsgate launches the new Friday-night Nickelodeon animated series with this sleek pilot film. Bringing the original series, which ran for just 52 episodes in 1967 and 1968, up to speed, the movie allows its main character to discover his true identity rather quickly. He and his new friends find the "real" Speed Racer's car, the Mach 5, in pieces at the junkyard, and the key that was left with young Speed at the orphanage powers up the grand old machine!
As is often the case, this update of a classic TV icon requires an upgrade. Much like the new "Knight Rider" movie turned the 2000 KITT model into the 3000, the Mach 6 is now the engine to beat in this show, after the resurrected Mach 5 takes an unexpected spill.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie for young kids. Reminds me of when I was a kid too!Published on July 24, 2008 by JD Sunshine
We bought this movie without any inkling of quality and are very pleased with the purchase. Both our daughter and our son enjoy it, and have wanted to watch it many times... Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Julz
Encouraging a new generation to be hooked on gasoline
is not my idea of entertainment to enlighten kids. Read more
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