Saturday, 8 December 2007

Go Speed Racer Go!!

I came across this via Autoblog, and I must admit I'm strangely excited. The Wachowski Brothers are doing a live-action version of Speed Racer, with Susan Sarandon, John Goodman and Christina Ricci. Brings back fond memories of watching Cartoon Network after school. From the trailer it looks like the movie will keep a lot of the look from the cartoon intact, including the Mark 5 laden with gadgets, and Speed's tight blue tee-white pants-white helmet ensemble. However, it won't have the wide-eyed pert-nosed look that the original Japanese cartoon characters had (except perhaps for Christina Ricci), nor the stop-start dialog, or that soundtrack -'Go Speed Racer! Go Speed Racer! Go Speed Racer Gooo!!'.

As far as matching up to expectations go, the movie won't just have to meet the standards set by the original cartoon, it'll have to match up to 'Mock 5', the Dexter's Laboratory episode paying homage to Speed Racer - one of the best Dexter episodes. You can watch that here.

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