Get in gear for a complete Speed Racer experience this May, and feed your need for Speed.
You’re already primed for the May 9th premiere of the Speed Racer feature film, of course, because if you watched those trailers like I told you to, you’re now counting down the days (and looking for a local IMAX theater). You’re only human, after all.
But did you also know that May will be bringing a new cartoon series to Nicktoons? It’s true!
Nicktoons Network, the fastest growing kids’ network, is set to premiere Speed Racer: The Next Generation, a new animated series that builds on the legendary adventures of the iconic original series, on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The 90-minute premiere will launch the Speed Racer: The Next Generation television series just prior to the Lionsgate DVD release on Tuesday, May 6, and the live-action Warner Bros. feature film, directed by The Wachowski Brothers, on Friday, May 9. The 26- episode, half-hour series will air regularly Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons Network.
Television and DVD and movies, oh my!
In the 90-minute premiere, “The Beginning,” Speed, a teenager who had been orphaned as a baby, arrives at the prestigious Racing Academy and tries to get acclimated as the new kid. He meets friends and enemies, finds out he is the son of the famous driver Speed Racer and begins to deal with his new brother, X, and uncle, Headmaster Spritle (voiced by Peter Fernandez, original voice of Speed Racer in the original U.S. version). After finding parts of Speed Racer’s car — the Mach-5 — in a junk yard, Speed, with help from his new friends Conor and Lucy, rebuilds the legendary vehicle, but wrecks it during an intense race. Dejected and in need of a new car, Speed discovers his father’s schematics for a revolutionary gasless engine and builds the Mach 6.
How cool is it that they’ve gotten Peter Fernandez back? Though I worry that every time I hear him, I’ll think back to the first series. Regardless, I think that’s a nice nod to the original.
I’ll be curious to see if all of these incarnations of Speed Racer hit pay dirt. Time will tell….