Watch Speed Racer: The Next Generation
- 2 Seasons
Speed Racer: The Next Generation is an American animated television series, which premiered on NickToons in 2008. It brings back the beloved characters of the original series, including the legendary driver, Speed Racer. However, the show is not an adaptation of the original's plot, but rather a continuation that follows a new protagonist, a teenager named Speed Racer Jr.
Peter Fernandez, the original voice of Speed Racer, served as the show's voice director and returned to voice a new character, Spritle. Michael Sinterniklaas voiced the lead character, Speed Racer Jr., while Robbie Sublett played his best friend, Conor. Sahra Mellesse portrayed Lucy, the love interest of Speed Jr. Other notable cast members included Kurt Csolak as X, David Skigen as Jack "Cannonball" Taylor, Carter Johnson as Taejo Togokahn, and Gregory Abbey as Announcer.
The show takes place in the future, in a fictional city called "Capital City." Capital City is home to the famous racing academy, the Racing Elite Junior Academy (REJ). The REJ trains young individuals to become world-class racers. The story begins with Speed Racer Jr.'s enrollment in REJ, where he meets his new friends Conor and Lucy.
Throughout the series, Speed Jr. competes against rival racers, participates in dangerous races, and uncovers a conspiracy to control the world's water supply. The show's themes revolve around teamwork, dedication, and the importance of family.
The animation style of Speed Racer: The Next Generation is a mix of 2D and 3D graphics. The characters are designed in a modern style but maintain the classic elements of the original show. The show's visual effects are impressive, with colorful race tracks, futuristic vehicles, and action-packed scenes. The music for the show was composed by Noam Kaniel, and the catchy opening theme song was performed by actor and singer Jesse McCartney.
One unique feature of the show is the inclusion of real-life advertising within the series. The show incorporated various Toyota Racing cars, such as the Toyota Yaris and the Toyota Camry, as well as Nike shoes, and other consumer products. This was believed to be a tactic to appeal to younger audiences that are heavily influenced by advertising.
Overall, Speed Racer: The Next Generation was a well-received show by audiences, despite mixed reviews from critics. Fans of the original series were happy to see their favorite characters return, and younger audiences were introduced to a new group of heroes in a futuristic world of racing. The show had a total of two seasons with a total of 52 episodes, ending in 2013.
In conclusion, Speed Racer: The Next Generation was a unique take on the classic series, adapting it to a modern audience with updated animation and themes. While it might not appeal to everyone, it was a worthy addition to the Speed Racer franchise, introducing new characters and continuing the legacy of the original.
Speed Racer: The Next Generation is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (87 episodes). The series first aired on May 2, 2008.