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There’s Another New SPEED RACER Trailer!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I don’t care what you say... I think this looks groovy. If I want a movie about real-world car racing, I won’t watch SPEED RACER, but if I want to see a batshit crazy cartoon from the ‘60s turn into a batshit crazy film using cutting-edge technology, it looks like there’s finally a film to fit that bill. I love the colors. I love the sensibility we see here. I love the monkey. I love the cars. I love the nighttime scenes on the dark road. I love the shot of the dude climbing the side of the building. I love the teacher yelling, “Speed Racer, slow down!” I love the sheer insanity of the racing. I love how totally serial Matthew Fox is. I love it. And I can’t wait to see this film IMAX as soon as possible. My son’s got no idea what his little brain is in for in May. Thanks to all 2,000 of you who sent this link to us.
You can see the HD versions of this over at Yahoo! if you follow this link.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 13, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by StarskyandHushky

    Again!There is but one speed racer!

  • March 13, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox as Racer X

    by Virtual Satyr

    Has to be the oddest and yet most brilliant casting I have ever seen.

  • March 13, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    looks pretty headache inducing

    by Mr Cairo

    wouldn't it be cool if the cars could spin around and flip over ...... in fact do that ALL THE TIME

  • March 13, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Still looks crappy as hell

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    an intellectual insult to everyone who's more than six years old.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Have casting agents gotten better over the years?

    by rbatty024

    I love the casting on this film. I love the casting on Hulk. But neither film is a surefire winner (in face I'm almost positive Hulk is a loser). Even the potentially crappy films have some great actors.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah ok, i'm onboard

    by lex romero

    That trailer just worked for me, everything seemed to come together, the tone seemed right. I'll be watching it.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by malificus

    is awful as Trixie. She looks like some character from BeetleJuice, Trixie should be bright and fun, not Wednesday Adams. The car stunts look super-fake, but I'm still in and especially since I saw the Mammoth Car. Mammoth Car!!

  • March 13, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    IMAX. Once.

    by UltimaRex

    Just for the pretty colours

  • March 13, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Fuck it...I'm down.

    by Crimson King

    I'll be there to see this one.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Yahoo's HD trailers

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    seem to always be really jerky. And it's not a problem with the computer - it's like, even when you go through frame by frame in QT Player, some frames are, like, duplicated. And shit. Makes for really irritating viewing experiences, particularly for a film of this kind.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Ricci is perfect

    by I Dunno

    She's like a live action anime character. And she hardly acts like Wednesday Addams in this.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    That's much, much, inifinitely better than the last two, my good

    by drwilliamweir

    Count me in, Event Horizon is on hyperdrive.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Pipple

    If this trailer doesn't sell you on how great speed racer is, nothing will. Right there with ya, mo....Your kid's going to love you for the rest of your life after you take him to this, that's for sure.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    It sets the film up as more "Sin City" than "Oops! Ran out of money and can't complete the computer graphics rendering!". Better.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Finally they learned how to cut a trailer.

    by wowsucks

    Best trailer they have used yet, and much better then that other crap they have released! But makes me even question more the quality of this movie. My guess the reception has not been what expected, hence the many previews here lately. Still looks like crap in the big picture of things. I really wanted to like this. Not happening.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Living in an anime world and I'm a anime nerd

    by aboriginal

    sung to Madonna. Gonna rock very, very hard.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Duke322

    I thought this was supposed to be a live action movie... That was the first trailer that looked like the film might work though.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Agrees with drwilliamweir

    by Jason B. Swaim

    This is a much better trailer which peaks my interest.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see something FRESH

    by SpencerTrilby

    not a sequel, nor another DC/MArvel property, nor a decades later four-quel (not that there's anything inherently wrong with that). <p> And yeah, I know it's an adaptation of an anime. But it still looks fresh nonetheless.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    This is so much better than they other two full trailers.

    by AdrianVeidt

  • March 13, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I was around when Speed Racer hit in the '60's

    by Sparhawk38

    I loved it and the original Jonny Quest. I think this looks like it captures the feel of the cartoon fantastically. Racer "X"'s voice is a perfect interpretation of the cartoons racer X. It seems like a really specific niche,(the over 40 nerds), but I am sold.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:51 a.m. CST

    You can polish a turd as much as you like...

    by Billy The Fish's still a turd. This film is the cinematic equivalent of buying a three-year-old a top of the range Scalextric set. You've thrown all that money around, but in the end the kid is just as happy playing with the box. All style - no content. This will be the year's biggest money pit. Avoid.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Looking like a fun popcorn flick. Maybe I'll take the kid.

    by JDanielP

    What's this going to be rated?

  • March 13, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    She LOOKS like Wednesday Adams

    by malificus

    douche, not ACTS like her. Check what Trixie looks and acts like in the original cartoon then the scene where she looks at Speed and says:"Speed Racer what are you thinking?" and tell me she's not wrong for the part. Same with that hackey John Goodman, Jeebus how chiche'd can you get? Everyone else seems spot on including, and especially Matthew Fox. I said I was in, BUT this movie will fail. Too niche, too garish, too improbable. Try and picture the meatheads that went in droves to see Transformers comning out going: "That was STUPID!" Dick Tracy all over again, but faster."

  • March 13, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Not to sound like an asshole but this is going to bomb like craz

    by ELGordo

    All the trailers have been terrible. Horrible over dramatic acting and seizure inducing CGI does nothing but to confuse the audience in thinking what type of film this is going to be. At the most it will sell a couple of Hot Wheel tracks at Toys R Us.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    It's like Dick Tracy and Tron on acid.


    This looks insanely original, visually at least. The dialogue and acting are a concern, though. Racer X's costume looks like crap, too. I'd love to know where I can find non-jerky HD versions of the 3 new trailers. Anyone?

  • March 13, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Best trailer yet

    by Logo Lou

    Can't wait.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Darth Fart

    I'm so bored of summer films.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    dont hate, that looks great! crazy and weird but great

    by BMacSmith

    its going to be something different, thats for sure. my only worry is that its from "the makers of the matrix trilogy". That is a negative for sure.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by A G


  • March 13, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox is Batman?

    by SpyGuy

    That...That was Batman, right? It sure sounded like Batman...

  • March 13, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Goddamn You Wachowskis.

    by micturatingbenjamin

    This was fucking brilliant. Now I understand what they're trying to do. Shit, man, they NEED this trailer to be seen by everyone thinking of seeing this flick. Jack Shepard as Racer X? Fuck, I didn't have any idea. And the fight scene looked like Diabolik was trying to steal Speed's neckerchief and got caught. Kidding. This looks fucking great. I thought the swordfighting cars looked silly, though.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    The joy of bad movies

    by thefrood

    In the early 70's & 80's, my Dad used me as an excuse to go see every shitty Sci-Fi film that came near a cinema. As a result I am the only person I know who not only saw The Last Starfighter and Battle Beyond The Stars but also BOTH Battlestar Galactica movies on the big screen. Now that I have twin daughters myself, it's payback time. They will be going to see Speed Racer whether they like it or not.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The Freshest..

    by micturatingbenjamin

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.<p>Yeah, I suppose making a movie about a property that's a few decades old would be considered 'fresh'. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA<p>Bring on the Spirit! WOOT!

  • March 13, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by Mr Incredible

    By now we've gotten FOUR trailers and it seems like I've almost seen the entire movie! Quit giving away the surprise of watching it. We get it--you want us to see it. We can wait until May 2. Sheesh.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by newc0253

    good call on Dick Tracey. Just what i was thinking.<p> The trailer is one giant slab of cheddar, albiet one laced with hallucinogens of various sorts. I also don't know how well the anime sensibility will translate into live action, other than 'not very well'. But i trust the Wachowski siblings vision-quest-thing enough to pay to see this in cinemas.<p>

  • March 13, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Susan Sarandon!

    by CuervoJones

    Dammit, Janet! Oh, Ricci looks very fuckable.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    You know what this needs?

    by Anna Valerious

    MORE J-ROCK!!!!

  • March 13, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by Harry Weinstein

    I spins more rhymes than a lazy susan, and I'm innocent until my guilt is proven.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS


  • March 13, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Yahoo's HD trailers are shit.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Sort of negates the whole point of HD if you can't even master the videos to the correct frame rate. More fail from the experts at Yahoo.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Did 'malificus' call me a douche?

    by I Dunno

    I'm heartbroken.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Moriarty will eat those optimistic nostalgia fuelled words...

    by Gilga

    Sure there's a chance it'll be fun, for the kids. But I gotta go with my gut, It all feels like Spy Kids racing to me. And as for cartoon fun turned live-action, Flintstones anyone... anyone... ANYONE ?!!

  • March 13, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    wuzup with quicktime?

    by Acne Scarface

    i use 2 b able 2 access the hd without any problems. ever since i got the most recent version a few months ago, pressing those hd links either does this:<p>error-2048: couldn't open the file qtlhd.qtl because it is not a file that quicktime understands. (how does quicktime not understand a quicktime link?)<p>or nothing at all.<p>i don't think i'm the only 1 getting this. doesn't apple have some sort of patch 2 fix this? or are windows users left 2 their own devices?

  • March 13, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by The Ghost of Marcus Brody

    cgi poop, bad acting and a monkey.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by Sirmausalot

    I think you're mistaken. this thing's gonna be HUGE. The Brother's W are back to fine form. And thanks to Joel Silver too. As long as they don't make a sequel, we're okay

  • March 13, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Ya know.....

    by waggy

    I get more excited for this movie, the more i see of it. Nothing wrong with some pure eye candy now and then, and there's a hell of a lot more excitement packed into that trailer than most.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Two Words Why Speed Racer Will Suck

    by bobinnova

    John Goodman. Besides "The Big Lebowski" can anyone name a decent live action movie he has been in? Gilga is right - this has "Flintstones" written all over it. Want to make it better? Watch the trailer with "Heavy Metal" soundtrack blowing through your speakers. Hell, I just might do that to see "Speed Racer" - "Heavy Metal" soundtrack + 12-pack of Corona

  • March 13, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    RE: John Goodman

    by thefrood

    Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, Mother Night, King Ralph... ah shit and it was all going so well.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It is an AICN catchphrase. It was spawned in the most recent TDK Talkback. Just ask Proman1984.<P>Dont' be ignorant. Do some research.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    THIS LOOKS GOOD. . . .

    by Darth_Kaos

    . . . If you're looking for some cool visuals and action for the family. Good for the directors for changing it up and offering something unique. Those who are tearing this movie know that you're going to go see this movie. This movie is going to look sick in IMAX!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    RE: It's like Dick Tracy and Tron on acid.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Best description of this that I've read so far. But I'll say it again:<P>Horrible source material = Horrible idea for a film

  • March 13, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by Billy The Fish

    Great post! Laughed out loud. I had a Dad like that, although to be fair Battle Beyond The Stars did have Sybil Danning in a bikini. Pretty heady stuff for a ten year old to get his head round! At least you were spared Damnation Alley!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by thefrood

    You seriously need to calm down mate. Having a tantrum on a web forum doesn't prove your intellectual strength, it just makes you look a little childish. And Monsters Inc is a fantastic movie. (yes I do see the irony in accusing someone of being childish then praising a kids movie)

  • March 13, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley

    by thefrood

    Ha! Never even heard of that. Looks like I had a lucky escape. The Sword and The Sorcerer was a well rented VHS by me and my Dad. I'm pretty sure that's tantamount to child abuse actually!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    My most looked forwarded movie of May.

    by greenstyle92

    Fuck Iron Man. Speed Racer is teh shit! If they pull this off, I'll forgive the Wachowskis for Matrixes 2 and 3!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley...

    by Billy The Fish

    ...Jan Michael Vincent. George Peppard. Nuclear apocalypse. Giant cockroaches 'Nuff said.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Impressive John Goodman Resume

    by bobinnova

    I forgot what a talented actor he was! As I mentioned live action we can rule out Monsters and Cars (which was a brief cameo at the end of the movie recreating his Monsters character). Let's see, oh yes he followed up Raising Arizona and O Brother with such gems as "Dirty Deeds", "One Night At McCools", "Coyote Ugly" , "Blues Brothers 2000", and "Evan Almighty". Cartoons turned in live action movies with John Goodman? How's this track record - "Flintstones", "Rocky and Bullwinkle"

  • March 13, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I always thought

    by Pariah74

    Trixie was Speed's sister. I always wondered why they seemed a little "too" close. lol

  • March 13, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by thefrood

    Apologist but being in shit movies does not necessarily make a shit actor. Look how much crap De-Niro has made recently but you'd be hard pressed to argue he was a crappy actor. And no I'm not comparing Goodman to De-Niro because that would be credibility suicide.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I demand an edit button!!

    by thefrood

    First line should have read "I'm not a Goodman apologist..." Damn these sausage fingers...

  • March 13, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I've been doin' some thinkin' . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . .I reckon this guy, Moriarity, and his son just might be excited for the upcoming Speed Racer film.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: ""defending clueless haters".<P>Uh, hardly. Node's opinion is his own and since I haven't addressed him, you statement is meaningless.<P>As for the "catchphrase", I just happen to be in the know because I was there. Yeah, it ain't much to brag about; I'll give you that. But it sure beats being an overamped asshole. How is that working out for you, Jeff?

  • March 13, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Welcome back, Jar Jar 4 Prez.<P>Ain't it funny how we always seem to meet like this - you trolling and me spotting your bullshit from miles away?<P>And now I find you going by the name of "Jeff"?!<P>JEFF?!?!<P>Are you fucking kidding me?!<P>How...quaint.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Give me more trailers!

    by Saluki

    NOM NOM NOM. I was sold on the first trailer, and now they are starting to make me tap my foot in anticipation. Why can't other upcoming blockbusters have this kind of energy?

  • March 13, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by ballyhoo

    This looks exquisitely entertaining. This is what mindless eye candy films should be. Not Bay or Sommers shit.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson = The Simpsons guy?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    WOW. I gotta tell ya, the fact that I actually looked that up, makes me soooo much cooler than you.<P>I'm going to let you think about that for awhile. When you figure it out, maybe then you can get back to me.<P>By the way, TROY was pretty great.<P>Face!

  • March 13, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Kloipy

    are you ten years old? who the fuck says "face" and 'pwned' other than glovedone and little douche bag kids?

  • March 13, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by thefrood

    Look, I know I'm old but can someone tell me what the hell it means. So at least when I don't use it I'll know exactly why I'm not using it.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Good to me

    by jambone

    First trailer blew, the two international looked great, and now I'm convinced to go see it.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    90 minutes of Pod-racing

    by RogueWarrior65

    "Speed, what are you thinking?" "I liked your performance in Prozac Nation."

  • March 13, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by bobinnova

    I liked "Six Days and Seven Nights" but never saw the other two you mentioned. And are you seriously comparing John Goodman's work to Harrison Ford's work?

  • March 13, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Moriarty - Can you change this talkback to the Jeff Albertson TB

    by bobinnova

  • March 13, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    it's called sarcasm Jefferson

    by Kloipy

  • March 13, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Friendo

    Speed Racer will do just fine at the box office and, whether or not it's "great", will exceed the public's low-to-non-existent expectations by a mile. Then.... next Christmas... the fucking HDTV Blue-Ray tipping point will tip BIG TIME and every household in America and beyond will be snatching up Speed Racer DVDs for all those sorryass stockings that need stuffed and it will blow off the shelves in a huge way. Look at the movie, all the fine lines and stark contrast and hyper-action and hyper-color saturation... the design and pacing and look of every frame of these trailers looks CALCULATED to look great later, in HD, at home.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I do have to agree about Foxy...

    by PirateEmery

    He looks like he could be awesome as Racer X.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    RE: pwned

    by thefrood

    Ok...So it's basically a deeply unpleasant reference to anal rape. Thanks. Definitely won't be using that one. Isn't education great?

  • March 13, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    oh shit guys! I just got pwned by a 13 year old girl!

    by Kloipy

    brb, j/k, lmao. Look how much of a loser you are Jeff

  • March 13, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Isn't Having a Job Great?

    by bobinnova

    Instead of spending the entire day watching the Talk Backs go by.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Jeff the really funny thing is

    by Kloipy

    that everyone will read your comments and never take anything you say seriously again

  • March 13, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    You aintitcool guys need to get off the SPEED RACER...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    ... cock. Seriously. Step away from the "groovy" cock.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    This just looks effin fun, fun, fun, fun, fun

    by bbittner

    Popcorn with a capital P. Don't see movies too much in theaters anymore, due to morons with their cellphones. But this looks like the type of movie that theaters were made for. A feast for the senses. Over-the-top, visceral, unrealistic, balls-to-the-walls fun. And are there really any movies that the haters liked?

  • March 13, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ***Stretch***<P>Anybody out there feeling "pwned"? I sure don't.<P>You gotta love Jeff though. He keeps trying...and trying...and trying. But in the end, his posts end up being nothing more than...I don't know...oh yes, "farts in the wind".

  • March 13, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by L33TH0TT13


  • March 13, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Ponderous, man! Fucking ponderous!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Quote: "...and that's why you will always be pwned. No capacity for learning."<P>HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!! What a fucking woeful comeback. Ah, smell of dismissive desperation. It would be hilarious if it weren' ZZZZZzzzzz....

  • March 13, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Looks Cool

    by christian66

    Wish they used the theme music in the trailer tho.

  • March 13, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by thekylegassproject

    i'll buy that. wasn't impressed by the first trailer, though. it's going to be a matter of just enjoying the ride.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    That rocked my fucking balls off.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Tegujai Batir called. He wants his act back.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Oh wait a minute...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...Vog From Dimension X just called. He wants his act back, too.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Damn call waiting!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    by by just called. He says you're the worst excuse for a Troll he's ever seen. He also wants his act back.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    "I'm gonna need some research to back it up."

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Then you better get on it. And I'm sure you'll find detailed files on each and every one. Unlike you, I actually "show my work".

  • March 13, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Ugh, the phone again!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Memories-Of-Murder just called. He said that Jeff Albertson is a victim of his own zeitgeist. He also said that if he had to choose between having sex with Jeff Albertson or Michael Bay, he would choose Michael Bay.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Because we all know how much...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...Memories loved "Bayformers".<P>By the way, TROY was pretty great.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson...

    by ThomasServo

    Reading from bottom-to-top, and based on what everyone was saying, I assumed Jeff was an idiot. Once I read the entire damned talkback, though (God help me) I realized that besides the constant use of "pwned" (a phrase anyone over 17 uses only ironically) he's actually been one of the most sensible guys on this talkback. I've totally agreed with him 100%. (I hope this hasn't changed in the twenty minutes since I started reading.) John Goodman rules, by the way.

  • March 13, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    just watched Matrix 1 again last night...

    by Stifler's Mom

    still cool, but MAN OH MAN, i forgot just how terrible some of the dialogue was, as well as some of the acting and overall casting... Hugo Weaving is great and even Keanu holds his own, but it's like nails on the chalkboard everytime Trinity, Switch, or Mouse is onscreen... and which of the Wachowski siblings came up with those stupid f-ing names anyway??

  • March 13, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Looks Awsome.

    by Dogma_Jedi

    Love the letters on the steering wheel..... They need to have the flying robotic bird that gets launched out of the car as well, ans the sawblades.

  • March 13, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Mammoth Car!

    by D_T

    Yes, it definitely looked like it - that episode(s) really stuck with me from when I saw it as a child. Hahah, outstanding, I agree on the robotic tape recorder bird! Speed Racer started my obsession with cars as a child that I've never let go - Speed Racer, Hotwheels, Matchbox, slotcars, go-karts and I run SCCA/HPDE's around the Southeast. There are some things that aren't clicking with me yet, but this is by far the best trailer of the movie (moved my assessment from a 4/10 to at least a 7/10).

  • March 13, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    This movie looks like a Smarties Commercial!!!

    by Johnno

    I LOVE Smarties!!! :)

  • March 13, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Can anyone direct these schoolchildren to a chatroom?

    by Billy The Fish

  • March 13, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    no, john goodman wasn't in TROY...

    by jig98

    you're either thinking of brian cox or brendan gleeson. and i think john goodman rules too. besides roseanne, he's done some pretty good work for the past 25 years. he was in revenge of the nerds, king ralph and was babe ruth. and i think he may be typecast as pops racer in this. because usually, ever since flintstones, he's usually been first choice for these cartoon or book adaptations or thankless dad parts. just like deniro with mob roles ever since taxi driver.

  • March 13, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by SkeletonParty

    Now that is a trailer.

  • March 13, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    That trailer looks much better!

    by Zardoz

    I was really disappointed with the first SR trailer, but that one looks pretty cool. Very campy, funny and kitschy with lots of cool SFX and action. In short, it looks like it will be fun. I'll definitely see it in IMAX, now...

  • March 13, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' Jeff Albertson

    by Al Swearengen

    Who the fuck does this cocksucker think he is, huh? Fuckin' Hearst? I got a mind to think that this hooplehead probably turned some fuckin' heathen tricks with that Yank cocksucker, Spitzer. Which, of course, means he's particular to specialty acts.<P>Fuckin' indignities.

  • March 13, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    If I want a cheap ass looking ugly kids flick....

    by Tourist

    ...I'll watch Speed Racer. It doesn't look like the cartoon, it doesn't look cutting edge it just looks nasty. Bunch of actors standing in front of green screens while poorly and ugly animated cartoons run behind them. Like some kind of fucked up performance theatre. On top of that, it just looks like a really bad, cloying film. "Speed Racer, Slow down!" Jesus. Strange how John Goodman is in this sad excuse for a matchbox commercial (actually, if it was a matchbox commercial it would be halfway decent) and the other very similar looking pile-o-shit based on a cartoon, The Flinstones.

  • March 13, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...For this feels like the retarded American cousin of Casshern, another fugly pile of crap based on an anime which went the whole actors standing around while video game cut scenes play out around them route. I might be prone to hyperbole, but this is honestly the shittiest looking film I've seen in years. Yes, even shittier looking than Funny Ha Ha.

  • March 13, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Is Racer X no longer related to Speed?

    by Drath

    I agree that this looks like fun--although I liked the first trailer a lot more. One thing though that bugs me is I have just assumed that Fox's Racer X was still going to be Speed's brother Rex, and that actually kind of added to the cool that I knew that. But then I noticed a different guy was standing with the family in the teaser. Is Racer X no longer Rex Racer? There's some great pathos with that connection that I am sorry to see lost. Look at this, I was never even that big of a Speed Racer fan and I'm saying how the movie should be done! Guess that just seemed like a hook for me and now I feel like part of the fun has been lost already. Also this only adds to my belief that Matthew Fox shoulda been Cyclops. Not to put down James Marsden (who should be Hal Jordan anyway), but Fox'd be great in that part. Maybe when someone with a brain takes over the X-Men movies and undoes the damage done in X3...

  • March 13, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    THE MAMMOTH CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by LaserPants

    HOLY SHIT! Fuckin A, fuck all the haters, fuck all the rageaholic teens and arrogant undergrads, THIS will be THE MOVIE of the Summer for me. This is the movie my inner 5 year old has been waiting to see since I actually was 5 years old, sitting on my couch, pretending I was driving the Mach 5 while watching Speed Racer. These trailers almost bring tears to my eyes. Yeah, thats right, I'm an aging genXer and I'm nostalgic for a beloved cartoon from my youth. CAN'T FRIGGIN WAIT! GO SPEED GO!

  • March 13, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    The Auto-Jack Jumping Sound Effect

    by LaserPants

    Goes right to my soul. I LOVE that sound. And I LOVE that they're keeping it in the movie.

  • March 13, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    John Goodman is a great actor.

    by JimboTHC

  • March 13, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    This looks like Driven if they kept that script but coated the f

    by Womb2dooM

    I want to love this, I do, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD when has a monkey ever brought me anything but a hand full of shit?!

  • March 13, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Wow, I liked it better when...

    by Womb2dooM

    the header just wouldn't let me type anymore!<P>My header SHOULD have read: "This looks like Driven if they kept that script but coated the film in that ghost juice from GB 2!"

  • March 13, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Racer X is still rex racer

    by lex romero

    the other guy that's playing rex racer is just in flaskbacks to his racing accident i assume. We've obviously got scenes when speed was a kid so makes sense to hve a younger person playing rex than racer x.

  • March 13, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I'm telling you... Iron Man, then Speed Racer

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    ...will be the top films this summer! Mark my words... :)

  • March 13, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    "Racer X is actually Speed's brother Rex Racer who ran away from home years ago." I love how the narrator reminded the audience of this mystery in more or less every episode. GO SPEED RACER GO!

  • March 13, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    This trailer is much b etter

    by Ye Not Guilty

    This just moved up to my "MUST SEE" list!

  • March 13, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    So, when I fight ninjas with my shirt off...

    by Gozu

    I gotta make sure to put a leather hanky over my face.

  • March 13, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I'm a little kid again

    by marathonjedi

    Wow that trailer captured everthing I felt watching speed racer as a young boy.I'm not ashamed to say that i teared up a little.I was not expecting that,but it happened.The Matrix guys have totally captured the spirit of the cartoon totally.

  • March 13, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Vimes

    Mach go, Go, GO!!! <br> But where's Sparky?

  • March 13, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    This film will rape your eyes

    by uVa

    with it's goodness.

  • March 13, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I Dunno

    by malificus

    Sorry dude, kinda toss the douche around a lot at work as affectation, I forget around mixed company, no offense. I'm not knocking Goodman as an actor it just seems like such a cheesy choice and all I ever hear is Dan fricking Conner

  • March 13, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily


  • March 13, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer TBers Make Me Sad

    by Stacy Without An E

    This is a film I've been waiting since childhood to experience and a majority of the posts are negative without merit. Wouldn't it be nice if you actually SAW the film before passing judgment. When your biggest accomplishment of the day is sitting in the toilet waiting to be flushed, maybe you should reconsider your attitude toward those who provide us with such entertainment.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 13, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Christina Ricci looks great.

    by rbatty024

    Looks like there will be the perfect amount of camp in her performance.

  • March 13, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by metaluna

    UTTER UTTER CRAP. Why some think this will 'rock' or 'make my summer'... well... you must be easily pleased or have the mental age of an eight year old.

  • March 13, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Christ, malificus

    by I Dunno

    I never said anything about John Goodman. I didn't even notice that fat fuck was even in the film. I was talking about Ricci.<p>And forgive me Goodman, you were the man in Lebowski and various episodes of SNL.</p>

  • March 13, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    By the way,

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • March 13, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Troy is pretty great

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • March 13, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I'm in too!

    by -=Shin=-

    I hated some of the earlier stuff I had seen. It didn't feel like Speed Racer to me, but just a wild parade of colors. The new trailer makes me want to watch the old cartoon with a good hit of acid to see how similar the two will be.

  • March 13, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I hated the Matrix, I love this

    by reflecto

    Bring it on.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Crap, I hate to admit it

    by DarthJedi

    but I gotta say these have been looking pretty damn cool so far. I'm with most people in saying the Wachowski's let us down on the last two Matrix flicks, so my hopes haven't been as high for this one. This was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid, so I hope they get it right.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I got one question

    by Lemongrass

    So is Racer X still Speed's long-lost brother? Couldn't get a clue about that from the trailer. Looks cool, I'll check it out, but the WBs had BETTER NOT FUCK THIS ONE UP LIKE THEY DID THE MATRIX SEQUELS. Still haven't forgiven Larry for putting his stupid dungeon jerk-off nights above his work on what could have been the COOLEST TRILOGY EVAH. Feh!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Uuuh no thanks

    by boogy110

    Obviously this movie is for little kids, so I won't give it shit. After all, it's speed racer. However, I will say that some things, just look better and cooler as cartoons. What really bites my ass though is how Moriarty is batshit ballistic over this movie, yet he thought Transformers was for idiots. Just goes to show the old saying is true. Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Maybe not

    by Lemongrass

    Maybe everyone has fond memories of stuff from their younger days, you think? I'm sure some of the stuff you still dance over would leave the rest of us cold.

  • March 13, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    This movie looks really fucking awful! Shitty FX!

  • March 13, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    this will be...

    by DigitalBeachWar

  • March 13, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    this will be...

    by DigitalBeachWar

    the worst movie ever created.

  • March 13, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Wow. Even Lucas didn't rape SW as bad as this.

    by skywalkerfamily

  • March 13, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    What's up you crazy bastard?<P>Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's him. Although, I find it interesting that he would feign ignorance of the name(s). Considering how JJ4P got trounced on a routine basis and received at least half a dozen bans, I guess I'm not too surprised that he would try to lay low and/or play dumb.<P>The funny thing about AICN's trolls, they're usually rookie n00bs who think they can start shit or they're old bitter handles who come back with a new name and try to reclaim their former non-glory. Either way, I've seen far better than this Jeffrey clown. There is nothing more pathetic than a second-rate troll with delusions of grandeur.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    "Monkeys & race-cars. You cannot beat that combo!"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    TomBodet, you are my hero. Best summation for WHY this movie will rock hard posted yet. And if the kid in any of you can't laugh at TomBodet's comment and realize it's actually true, then the kid in you IS truly dead -- so just move on and leave the rest of us to have a fun time at a true popcorn movie.<p>Personally, I can't wait to see this. It DOES look fresh (yes, even as an adaptation of a sixties cartoon) just because of it's fresh design look and color scheme and energy and most of all because it's not an upteenth sequel to something we've already seen over and over.<p>I will absolutely, positively drive anywhere out of my way to see this in IMAX for sure. I love Matthew Fox's spot on Racer X voice since it makes me break out into a grin every time, and all I can say is MAMMOTH CAR!!!

  • March 14, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    "that fat fuck Goodman"

    by malificus

    heh-heh, he is a fat....AND a fuck..

  • March 14, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    There he goes. There goes Crap Racer

    by skywalkerfamily

    He's a CG character on wheels.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Btw, that stupid monkey joke...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    is from the 80s. Early 80s. And it already was completely unfunny and moronic back then.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Jeff Albertson, Mr Nice Gaius....

    by Droogie Alex

    Get off this talk back before I kick both your nerd asses, NOW! ...right down the stairs to the basements you live in. dopes.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    YAHOO HD trailers are duds.


    Why does Yahoo have exclusivity here? Please help me out folks. Can I get the HD versions from somewhere else?

  • March 14, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    It Looks Totally Amazing, Fun, Surreal, Colorful and Retro

    by LaserPants

    Those who don't get it, or who pretend to "hate" it so much are, no doubt, joyless rageaholic teenagers with nothing else better to do, or bitter, self-hating, soulless, heartless, crotchety obese middle aged virgins. I feel sorry for you.

  • March 14, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST



    Well said.

  • March 14, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    This looks FANTASTIC!The Brothers are creative geniuses!

    by travis-dane

    Cant wait until May!

  • March 14, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox mimicking that strange dubbed

    by Dingbatty

    Racer X voice demonstrates a level of devotion and attention to detail that equals quality.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    The one thing they could have done...

    by justgetreal

    Is have the actors read really fast and take all the punctuation out of the script so that the actors never pause between words and all their sentences seem to run together with no change in pitch or tone and you have to watch it in slo-mo to catch what was just said and then you throw in an "aaaahhh" and an "ohhhh" every now and then and then you have a real live-action Speed Racer. But I digress...this looks like a lot of fun. My 3-year old is going to go ape shit over this. At least I won't have to watch "Cars" anymore.

  • March 14, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by rbatty024

  • March 14, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I was going to say, I'm no the fence for this one.

    by rbatty024

    On the one hand I think the casting is great, and it looks like the actors understand how to slip in and out of camp with ease. On the other hand, The Matrix sequels. Sure, the Wachowskis bought back a little bit of faith with V for Vendetta, but they only produced, they didn't direct. I'm hoping for some redemption, but I'm still wary.

  • March 14, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    To all you naysayers...

    by max314

    What the hell is wrong with you? Aren't you tired of the same old crud being pumped out year after year? The Wachowskis are creating something that you've never seen before. Ever. You should be rejoicing - not moaning. And even if it doesn't totally what?! We should be encouraging new and original visions in Hollywood. Otherwise studios will continue to pump out that same monotonous crud that we end up moaning about, because they don't want to take the risks! Get a soul!!

  • March 14, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    To rbatty204

    by max314

    You said: "Sure, the Wachowskis bought back a little bit of faith with V for Vendetta, but they only produced, they didn't direct." This is WRONG. The Wachowskis WROTE 'V For Vendetta'. Also, 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolutions' are sorely misunderstood masterpieces. But we digress.

  • March 14, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Max, I will concede that the Wachowskis deserve...

    by rbatty024

    more credit for V than I gave them, but there's no way I'm changing my stance on The Matrix sequels. Oh, and I also like their Doc Frankenstein comic book. It's such a wonderful piece of blasphemy. Too bad it only comes out like once a year.

  • March 14, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    To rbatty204

    by max314

    Well, I'm not going to lampoon you for not liking 'Reloaded' and 'Revolutions'. I dig 'em. You don't. Let's just leave it at that. But let's say - for argument's sake - that 'Reloaded' and 'Revolutions', as a single project (which is how they were treated), were indeed blips in the Wachowskis' creative career. That still doesn't take away from their incredible critical and/or commercial success with 'Bound', 'The Matrix', 'V For Vendetta', and even the Doc Frankenstein series (the Bros. started off as comic book writers, and were ready to resign solely to the world of comics and leave films behind after the bashing they received post-R&R - but Joel Silver talked them into the 'V' screenplay and then into writing and directing 'Speed Racer'). Those projects are certifiable proof that the Brothers are visionaries, and even if you didn't enjoy R&R as films, there's little denying that the visual audacity of those films is a thing of cinematic beauty. It's because of this that I have every confidence that 'Speed Racer' will be a huge hit, perhaps even becoming the biggest film of the Summer. Yeah, I said it :D But only time will tell.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    max314:well said,I agree 100%.....

    by travis-dane

    for me The Matrix trilogy is a work of art.And lets not forget that all three movies made a huge amount of money,1.6 billion(only B.O.) dollars are not bad.Nice to see some Matrix love in here.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    We have seen it before....

    by Tourist

    ...It doesn't look new or fresh. It looks like fucking Spy Kids. Just because somene says its new doesn't actually make it true. And as far as encouraging new and interesting ideas from Hollywood? I would say thats whats wrong with YOU. I don't need to get all my films from Hollywood. They do make movies elsewhere, some of them fucking good. Last year alone, we were flooded with far too many great films to keep up. If want to see something new, but don't feel like watching anything that isn't produced by one of the major American studios, thats your fault, not ours. Like I said before, if stupid anime looking actors in bad costumes standing around in front of lousy garsih CG is your thing, go rent Casshern.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Matrix Sequels

    by LaserPants

    Felt rushed and half thought out to me. I liked the underlying idea of this endless recycling of nations -- these opposing factions endlessly playing out the same problems over and over and over again. Pretty cool, smart idea / theme. Unfortunately, they overstretched, and though they're clearly pretty smart guys, they're nowhere near the kind of genius that could pull something like that off -- a guy like Kubrick, for instance. Basically, through their own hubris, they wound up pulling a Lucas, where they would've done much better just making it more of a straight forward war on two planes. The reason why the first Matrix was so popular having nothing to do with the philosophy underneath it, but the slo-motion kung fu and style on its surface. They overreached without a good set of wings and got burned. <br><br> Its my opinion, however, that SPEED RACER is going to redeem them -- its a simple story, told creatively, with an unbelievably cool visual style that even in the trailers looks absolutely mind-blowing. I'll be first in line this May, and I think its gonna be a huge hit.

  • March 14, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Plus, Its Keeping True To The Campy, Gonzo, Psychedlicness

    by LaserPants

    of the original show. I can't believe people here are actually complaining about this. Clearly these "haters" just have to much time on their hands; angry, bitter, lonely, sad people.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    The Matrix Trilogy OWNS you asses!!!

    by Johnno

    Yup I love all three flicks. I can totally understand why some people feel burned by the sequels, but I loved them! I just feel the Matrix as a concept is so open to so many possibilities that everyone had their own ideas about what the sequels should've been or what philosophy they should've approached that it would've been impossible for the Wachowskis to please everyone, seriously I myself dreamed up plenty of crazy shit and pictured my own crazy slo mo kung fu sequences in my mind. Frankly I think there's plenty of room open to make side stories for television or even more animated shorts... Video games are another possibility, but I don't think games can really capture it. Frankly a high budget TV series of different stories by different directors and writers, animated and live action would be a dream project come true! The possibilities and exploration are endless!<br><br>Back on topic though... if anything Speed Racer and perhaps to some extent 'V for Vendetta' is showing that the Wachowskis do respect the source material! For all those whining about Transformers, imagine what it could've been like if they'd done it instead... I believe they'd be the perfect pick to handle adaptations of Neon Genesis Evangelion or even Metal Gear Solid... I just hope Sony won't fuck that up and word is that they're not exactly approaching the best people for the job... Anyone know what the deal with directors/writers are? Are they usually only working for a specific studio or under a specific producer? Some kind of contract thing? How's it work?

  • March 14, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Wow. That looks fun

    by Buck Turgidson

    I'll see that.

  • March 14, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    They Changed Quite A Bit In V FOR VENDETTA

    by LaserPants

    I think they did justice to the theme, and its, admittedly close to the original comic, but the ending is pretty much completely different. Of course, they had to update it to reflect Bushworld, but the ending with all the people in the masks wasn't as cool as the original ending where Evey actually becomes V and leads the people into a violent revolt against Norse Fire / British Govt. <br><br> Btw, I did really enjoy their take on V FOR VENDETTA, own the dvd and everything, so don't take my criticisms as "hating", I liked the movie lots. Methinks I'm gonna like SPEED RACER a whole helluva lot more. I mean, these trailers almost bring tears to my eyes, and a big goofy grin on my face. It makes me feel like I'm 5 again. Can't wait!

  • March 14, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Trippin' on Speed trailer!

    by Violator90

    As crazy as the trailer looks, I'm actually excited for this; though I really thought this was going to be a cluster fuck of a movie. But it really looks like its sticking to the cartoon. A really live-action cartoon that feels that; in some fucked up way, it will work. Damn, I hope it does.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I'm there for the Mammoth Car.

    by Steve_Dooku


  • March 14, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    "I'm a Barbie Doll and I've got brains..."

    by malificus

    "...and even I can tell this will probably suck.." Riddle me this: They actually build a real-world, totally kick-ass, drop-dead-perfect replica of the Mach 5, then turn around and CGI every damn scene involving the race. Sure, some of the more spectacular sequences will require it, but if you're gonna push and pull and mutate reality to the extent these guys did you need to ground it somewhere in reality lest the brain reject it wholesale. If they're gonna have the garish colors and "living cartoon" aspect going on then the races need to be nitty-gritty, not simply more cartoon. All the cockpit scenes of Speed look like those bad B&W movies with a guy bouncing himself around in a little prop box with a projection of a race track blazing by on the screen behind him. Take Captain Whatsisname and the World of Tomarrow, it didn't work because there's no suspension of disbelief, you're never drawn in because your brain KNOWS there's nowhere to go, that's why at the end of Star Trek when the Enterprise putters off you want so much to go with it, to be out there with Kirk and the crew cheating death one more time, exploring the far-flung ancient remains from some long-extinct alien culture, or scoring with that green Orion slave girl, they took a wobbly model and they sold it just that hard. This one aint selling shit, it's that great big enormous cotten candy caramel ball Homer made, only with Rod and Todd and a bunch of ants stuck to the underneath.

  • March 14, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I disagree malificus

    by Johnno

    Given that these are cars that swing swords at each other and pop up and down and grow tires etc. etc. the whole thing is completely unrealistic. The idea about 'grounding' something can have many different methods. One way is a sense of 'consistency'... it's sort of why cartoons, especially anime work in the first place... Lips aren't always synched, the use of speed lines, the deformity of characters faces, exaggerated action and expression.. cartoons and the animated form adapt to a wholly different logic, you know WIle-e-Cayote can't survive the pounding he can in real life, but because of how exaggerated the world is and the consistency of the gags to that world's logic, the viewer simply lets go of reality or any sort of proper grounding that he knows and adapts to the grounding of the world he is looking at... The thing is that world must be sold to the viewer as soon as they walk in and consistently reinforced, this must be accomplished by the opening scene almost immediatedly. Once that is done you can sell the viewer the reality of almost anything as long as there is a consistent basis for it. Star Trek aims to be believable as something that can happen in our own world. Speed Racer is taking place in another reality with its own set of rules and physics, like a cartoon or similar to how anime tends to defy the real world for spectacle, but with a sense of subtle consistency throughout it otherwise it would just appear random and takes one out of it. It's sort of like the Real World and the Matrix. I don't tihnk Sky Captain failed because of it's setting or style or lack of believability, but because they somehow made it really boring in terms of pacing and reminded us why some of those old colourless B films of the past suck ass. It wasn't exciting enough... just really slow... hell I couldn't even finish watching it...

  • March 15, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by Big Dumb Ape

    Since people have started to debate the world that was brought to life in SKY CAPTAIN using CGI versus what we'll see in SPEED well as then comparing how poor SKY did at the box office and how that might be a barometer for SPEED too...let's keep in mind one really major thing that is ALREADY very, very, very apparent: SKY CAPTAIN looked like utter shit on the big screen and absolutely lifeless while SPEED looks incredibly polished and vibrant and alive.<p>Now, when I say that I think SKY CAPTAIN looked like "shit" I am referring to its final execution. I thought SKY CAPTAIN'S design work was fantastic and I didn't even mind the story (as a throwback to pulp era adventures it was basically okay). The problem with SKY CAPTAIN was that the final CGI execution was half-assed at best. A lot of that was due to the palette they used which had this truly awful "washed out" pastel look while SPEED (at least based on the trailers) clearly goes in the totally opposite direction. SPEED looks as colorful as anything could be, which helps give it a living cartoon hyper-reality feel.<p>And that was the big mistake with SKY CAPTAIN in my opinion. I don't know why it looked so shitty -- maybe because they just realized they only had so much time to do so much rendering to meet a release date. To be honest, SKY CAPTAIN would have been infinitely better if they had just done it in straight black and white. For crying out loud, have any of you ever actually WATCHED old Republic serials or any cliffhangers from any of the other companies of that time? Serials were shot on the fast and quick, but they often had AMAZINGLY CRISP black & white photography behind them and NOT a washed out look at all. Just because something's "old" or was in black & white doesn't mean it wasn't photographed in focus.<p>The reason I mentioned GODZILLA as well is because in the end they did the same fucked up thing that SKY CAPTAIN did. They decided that they would need a lot of CGI, but then someone came up with the brilliant idea that if it was RAINING all the time that would be an overlay SFX element that could help hide the fact that the final CGI rendering was not quite there, that they had to cut a few corners. And in the end (again in my opinion) much like SKY CAPTAIN that decision hurt GODZILLA as well. It also resulted in a film that literally looked like shit because every fucking scene was dark, wet, damp and it just brought down the whole feel of the film. And why did it look that way? Because the story demanded it? No. It looked that way for the fucked up reason of having to hide half-assed CGI work.<p>I agree with others about the "small things" we've already seen in the SPEED RACER trailers -- things like Matthew Fox nailing the totally stilted Racer X voice from the cartoon or the inclusion of things like the Mammoth Car or that sound effect whenever the Mach 5 leaps over something (again kept from the cartoon). Everything I've seen so far makes me think the W.Brothers really treated this as a labor of love AND had a blast making it, so I'm there opening day and I have a good feeling they won't let us down. They said they were out to make an all-ages fun family flick and I'm betting already they'll deliver on that promise.

  • March 15, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Rated G?

    by Zybon

    How can this be rated G?? Wouldn't "intense action sequences" qualify it for PG?

  • March 15, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    That was a great post. More or less exactly what I was about to say. Cheers!<br><br> I think the real reason why SKY CAPTAIN (which I liked) failed was because... who the fuck is SKY CAPTAIN? It was too obscure, in a geeky way, to garner a following. Love it or hate it, everyone knows who SPEED RACER is, and those who don't, the younger audiences, will be introduced to the character and campy insanity through this movie. And, so far, it looks insanely awesome.

  • March 15, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    It'll Be PG

    by LaserPants

    No way this is getting a G. The trailer alone shows that. Its too violent. I'd bet on a PG.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I also really liked Sky Captain.

    by rbatty024

    I don't understand the hate. Sure, it bombed at the box office, but I felt the dreamy, overexposed look was appropriate. Man Ray in his films used to do something similar by putting some sort of gel over the film lens. <p> As far as Speed Racer goes, I hope everyone's right. I'll definitely see this thing in the theaters (this is the best preview we've seen yet). Still, I don't want to get my hopes up for fear of being disappointed.

  • March 15, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Okay Johnno

    by malificus

    Well written and reasonable. Still, I don't agree with your cartoon comparison simply because the Speed Racer movie uses live actors and thus demands a certain level of reality. It's quite retarded actually to take something like Speed Racer and try translating it in to a medium that adds nothing really. Do I really NEED to see John Goodman acting as Pops Racer? Somehow I doubt that bloated has-been has the actual lung capacity to read a page of dialogue in one, long hyper-winded sentance such as Pops used to do, and if he can't then what's the POINT? I used to LOVE the long, impossibly-dangerous rally races Speed would race in, crumbling cliffs, spewing lava, jumping ravines, but if you look at the stuff and it just looks obviously like computer generated cartoon then you might as well just animate a new cartoon feature because the fakee CG is just gonna piss me off. Check out the bridge crossing scene in Sorcerer, no Cg, no fakee, and tell me there's ever been a more gripping sequence set to film and then keep it in mind while CG Speed is flying all over and you're sitting there bored as hell.

  • March 15, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    What has really won me over with this new trailer...

    by rbatty024

    is the fact that the campy elements seem well calculated. The aforementioned Matthew Fox delivery is spot on and so is Ricci's corny yet strangely awesome "cool beans" line. Camp is a hard thing to pull off, but it seems the Wachowskis are very conscious of what they're trying to do.

  • March 15, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I will say..

    by malificus

    ..I LOVE the small bit with Susan Sarandon, politics aside she looks to be awesome as Ma Racer, and I agree with all the Matt Fox kudos, I'm LOST biased but MAN is he nailing Racer X. My criticism comes more from the angle of the average meathead seeing it and what they'll think, personally I'm an old, OLD school fan and tho I have my reservations just the Mammoth Car alone will put my ass in a seat, I just hope it has that awesome, creepy trainhorn sound it blasts out to let you know your part in the race is OVER!

  • March 15, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by max314

    I watch plenty of non-Hollywood films myself, but that's not the point I'm making. I'm simply saying that Hollywood - with all its money power - has the potential to create great spectacle based movies with original visuals that we haven't seen before. No, I don't think 'Spy Kids' did what 'Speed Racer' is doing - at least not to this extent. Oh, and 'Casshern' sucked. It was like an overlong music video with no narrative to speak of. The special effects weren't the problem with that film. It was the crappy script. Luckily, the Wachowskis have shown with movies like 'Bound' that they can handle tight, mainstream movies.

  • March 15, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Let's break it down:

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    SPEED RACER = Slippery, fragrant turd<BR><BR>Troy = pretty great

  • March 16, 2008, 3:41 a.m. CST

    racer X's voice is damn cool.

    by slothXII

    bet my goolies it's going to be an fawesome movie. i can't believe people can watch the trailer and not find it worth watching. i know how the cg looks but i dont have any problems with it. i like the setting for this speed racer universe. it's SOO CCCOOOLLL!!!

  • March 16, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Pwnership is 9/10ths of the law...

    by micturatingbenjamin

    You know who else says 'face'? The dog Brian on a cartoon. It's pretty funny. Sometimes he's this erudite snob, and other times he's licking his own privates. Pretty funny stuff. I actually like Family Guy, and Seth McFarlane's voice is pretty hilarious to me for some reason.<p>John McCain sounds like Mr. Herbert for Family Guy, which is why he won't win.

  • March 18, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    by max314