Movielink (www.Movielink.com), a broadband video-on-demand (VOD) service, has acquired rights to carry all 52 episodes of the classic Speed Racer animated television series. The license was acquired from Speed Racer Enterprises.
The Speed Racer episodes offered on Movielink will be packaged together and rented as 1 ‘ to two-hour segments. Current titles available include The Great Plan, Challenge of the Masked Racer, The Secret Engine, Race Against the Mammoth Car, The Most Dangerous Race and Race for Revenge. Movielink will promote its anime offerings through promotional campaigns, e-mail advertising and on its website.
“This is the first time ever that all these famous episodes will be available for download over the Internet,” says James Rocknowski, exec VP of Speed Racer Enterprises.
Speed Racer began as the Japanese series Mach Go Go Go, created by Tatsunoko Prods. in 1966. In 1967, all episodes were dubbed into English and syndicated nationally on television. For nearly 20 years, Speed Racer ran in the afternoons, five days a week. Speed Racer returned to TV in the 90s on MTV and then aired for almost 5 years on the Cartoon Network.
Movielink is available to U.S. Internet users with broadband connections. Once customers are ready to rent a movie, they register with Movielink and pay via credit card. Downloads range between $1.99 and $5.99.