>western cartoons still reference Speed Racer as a joke
Jesus fucking christ. Will they ever move on to something else?
When I saw that in the theater, I was 20 minutes late and missed the absurd exposition at the beginning and HOLY SHIT, I enjoyed the movie way more than on subsequent viewings.
The problem is the beginning of the movie establishes the fact that the kid whose name is SPEED RACER really likes speed and racing, and that he suffered the tragic loss of his older brother which is referenced later in the film.
Fairly Odd Parents probably did my favourite parody of it
>Timmy driving through an insane race avoiding Racer X at all costs and nearly killing him a few times
>not-Racer X drives alongside Timmy's car
>'PLEASE JUST PULL OVER! I JUST WANNA' TALK!'
>the kid whose name is SPEED RACER really likes speed and racing, and that he suffered the tragic loss of his older brother
It literally took me until just this moment to get that his brother's name was Rex because he wrecks his car.
Well, this guy showed up for a nanosecond in AoStH.
Everyone starts somewhere. Heck, depending on who you ask, some would say he's more famous for his Tatsunoko character design: Gatchaman, Hutch the Honeybee, Tekkaman, Casshern, Hurricane Polymar, Yatterman and all of Time Bokan... He was the one who invented these characters.
I realized that the only problem I have with his work is when he's drawing someone else's characters. His original stuff is a thing to be seen but... that damn pale-as-ghost Superman for instance is going to give me nightmares. Same with his take on Nomura's FF characters, his style just doesn't work with them, at least not for me.
Well, even if Western animators happened to think that it's irrelevant, it doesn't actually make it irrelevant. Not that they actually think so, seeing as how much anime has influenced Western animation.
Only redeeming thing about the show.
You make it sound as if it's still a go-to reference point. Speed Racer references are rare and fleeting nowadays, because most of the people who watched that show live don't work on shows like that anymore, and most of the ones who watched reruns as kids don't give a damn. They have essentially moved on.
Now, if you were talking about Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z, you'd have a point.
>Cardcaptor Sakura references never
Also because Rex means King (he's better than Speed) and Rex Racer's pseudonym is RACERR EX (Racer X/Racer, Rex). He's also Racer X because he's the significant variable affecting the outcome of each race.
They had fun localizing Rex.
The Mammoth Car.
I had the season 1 DVDs as a kid.
Don't expect a lot of realism from Speed Racer.