Tuesday, August 01, 2006

HE'S A DEMON ON WHEELS!

In 1966, Tatsuo Yoshida created a manga called Mach Go Go Go. One year later it was made into an anime series. Mach Go Go Go starred a young race car driver named Ga Mifune who would race his car while stopping bad guys out to sabotage the race.

Mach Go Go Go was brought to a North American audience by Trans-Lux who changed the name of the show to Speed Racer and heavily modified the plots to work for North American television. America was captivated by the sophisticated plots and it stayed on the air, running every weekday afternoon, for the next twenty years!

Speed, his car Mach 5, girlfriend Trixie and the mysterious Racer X lived in the hearts of all children of that generation and it was brought back to tv by MTV in the 90s for another generation to enjoy.

Now, on Speed Racer's 40th anniversary, a new show is being produced by Art Asylum. The New Speed Racer will focus on Speed and Velocity, the kids of the original Speed Racer and his wife Trixie.

Now in their fifties, Speed Sr and Racer X teach the teens about racing their own cars, Velocity's Mach 9 and Speed Jr's Mach 10 all the while solving mysteries and bring the bad guys to justice!

This new series will be broadcast as 7 minute webisodes off their webpage www.speedracerlives.com and will be packaged as a DVD along with the new toyline.

I'm not sure if this New Speed Racer will be getting its own television series. All the reports I have read have only mentioned promotional webisodes but nothing further. I sure hope this show does make it to television.

9 comments:

coolshades said...

I say there's no sense in going through all the effort to make a cartoon series if all it's gonna be is a bunch of 7-minute long webisodes. They'll get a much wider audience if they put it on TV...

It reminds me of those Clone Wars cartoons on CN awhile back...those three-minute Star Wars cartoons that aired in between other shows. I never did see any of them, because I wasn't about to watch CN all day just to try to catch one. They'd have been better off just making it a normal TV series, imo...

toast said...

Actually, the 20 3-minute shorts that made up 'season 1 & 2' of Clone Wars was so popular that CN ordered a longer episodes for 'season 3'.

Five 15-20 minute episodes were made and they smooshed together the shorter episodes so that all the episodes could be shown as an actual half hour tv program.

All of Clone Wars has been released on DVD and I would strongly recomend watching it. I think it's (dare I say it?) better than the movies!

Katie said...

More people watch their "tv" online now than actually on television... because they can choose exactly what they want to watch and when to watch it. It's very smart in this day and age to start your series online. It also probably costs much less and if it's flash animation (which, from the character designs, it sure looks like it)... it's a piece of cake to put them online. And 7 minutes is how long cartoons always used to be when theatrically released before movies. It's a pretty normal length for an episode. You'd be surprised how much you can do in 7 minutes.

I think, just from that one picture, that this series looks super sweet. I really like the char design. I hope the storylines are decent.

coolshades said...

The *cartoons* are better than the movies?? Dang...I really oughtta see them, then. I had no idea they were on DVD. Thanks for the tip. :D

I much prefer watching shows on TV rather than online...it actually surprises me that more people would watch shows online, especially with technology such as TiVo and On Demand available now. But perhaps I'm just behind the times. LOL

Now that you mention it, I guess 7 minutes *is* pretty normal for one cartoon...since a lot of those half-hour shows are actually divided into two stories.

Katie said...

Well... I dno that I'd go so far as to say the cartoons are better than the movies... but whatever floats your boat ;)

I agree, I much prefer watching my shows on TV... maybe if i had a faster internet connection I'd feel differently. But I've been told in advertising classes that the numbers are actually there to back up that claim that most people are watching their shows online now. So it's a pretty safe market. And the thing with TiVO and OnDemand is that it's not cheap. You can go online for free and watch whatever you want pretty much.

But I do think I miss Tivo more than I miss my family.

coolshades said...

LOL!

You can go online for free?? I can't. :P Well at least at home I can't...gotta pay the monthly service fee and all that jazz. And computers have so many issues that TVs don't have...downloading problems, internet going out at random times, screen being too freakin' small....

I'm just stickin' with my ridiculously expensive cable package (although I may change my mind when *I'm* the one paying for it. LOL)

toast said...

I think I'll just stick to DVD.

Katie said...

I think I'll stick to I'm too busy to watch anything anyways so it doesn't really matter... but when I do have time I'll watch Kurtis' dvds :-D

coolshades said...

DVD...good call...that's even easier. And cheaper.

Better keep a close eye on your DVD's, dude... :P