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Directed by: Larry Wachowski
Andy Wachowski
Written by: Larry Wachowski
Andy Wachowski
Release date: May 9, 2008
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Speed Racer is a American 2008 action film and the live-action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese animated series Speed Racer.


Speed Racer is a young man with natural racing instincts whose goal is to win The Crucible, a cross-country car racing rally that took the life of his older brother, Rex Racer. Speed is loyal to the family business, run by his parents Pops and Mom. Pops designed Speed's car, the Mach 5. The owner of Royalton Industries named Arnold Royalton makes Speed a lucrative offer, but Speed rejects the offer, angering the owner. Speed also uncovers a secret that top corporate interests, including Royalton, are fixing races and cheating to gain profit. With the offer to Speed denied, Royalton wants to ensure that Speed will not win races. Speed finds support from his parents and his girlfriend Trixie and enters The Crucible in a partnership with his one-time rival, Racer X, seeking to rescue his family's business and the racing sport itself.

Behind the Scenes

The film is written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers who also serve as co-producers. It has been in development since 1992, changing writers and directors. Finally, producer Joel Silver and The Wachowski Brothers collaborated to begin production on Speed Racer as a family film so the directors could reach a wider audience.

Speed Racer was produced in Germany at Babelsberg Studios, where filming took place entirely against greenscreen. The Wachowski brothers also filmed in high-definition video for the first time, using a layering method to put both the foreground and the background of scenes in focus to have a real-life anime appearance. Marketers have prepared toys and video games to coincide with the film's release. Speed Racer will premiere on May 3, 2008 as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will go on general release on May 9, 2008.


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Print Speed Racer (1966) · Speed Racer (1987) · Racer X · The New Adventures of Speed Racer · Speed Racer featuring Ninja High School · Speed Racer (1999) · Speed Racer presents Racer X · Speed Racer: Born to Race · Speed Racer (2007) · Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer · Speed Racer: Circle of Vengeance
Television Speed Racer (1967) · M-THUNDER (unproduced) · The New Adventures of Speed Racer · Speed Racer X · Speed Racer Lives · Speed Racer: The Next Generation · Mach Girl
Film Speed Racer The Movie (1992)· Speed Racer (2008)· Speed Racer: Race to the Future
Video Games Speed Racer (1983) · Speed Racer in The Challenge of Racer X · Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures · Speed Racer (1995) · Speed Racer (1996) · Mach Go Go Go (1997 game) · Slotter Up Core 10: Mach Go Go Go2 · Speed Racer The Videogame (2008) · Slotter Mania P: Mach Go Go Go III