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New Speed Racer Debuts at Comic-Con

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New Speed Racer Debuts at Comic-Con

As it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the classic anime series Speed Racer is coming back with a new series and attendees of this week’s Comic-Con in San Diego will be the first to get a look at the animation. Art Asylum will host premiere screenings of the webisodes, as well as the new online video game and toy line exclusively at Booth # 3913, where fans can also admire a real-life version of the Mach 5.

Produced by ANImagic with help form Heavenspot and producer/writer “Tramp” of Supreme Team Prods., the new series of Speed Racer promotional web cartoons will launch on July 19th at http://www.SpeedRacerLives.com. The site will also offer downloadable music and the free, multi-level, 3D online video game which allows players to pimp their rides.

Art Asylum will kick-off the Comic-Con fun on Wednesday night with the debut of a behind-the-scenes trailer, followed by screenings of the first episode on Thursday night, the second episode Friday night and the 3rd episode on Saturday. The episodes are a product of the creative talent behind Cartoon Network’s The Venture Brothers, led by ANImagic’s Jeff Nodelman.

Speed Racer began as the Japanese series Mach Go Go Go, created by Tatsunoko Prods. in 1966. All episodes were then dubbed into English and syndicated nationally on television In 1967, beginning a run that would last nearly 20 years. The show returned to TV in the ’90s on MTV and then aired for almost 5 years on the Cartoon Network. There has been talk of a live-action movie in the works at 20th Century Fox. Rumors have the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix) possibly attached to direct with Joel Silver, Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner producing. At one point, Vince Vaughn was reportedly on board to play the part of Racer X, Speed Racer’s long-lost brother. However, the notion of a feature adaptation has been circulating around Hollywood for more than a decade, so we’ll believe it when we see the Mach 5 hit the blacktop.

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