Video Review

Speed Racer: The Movie (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
C

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Animation

Caveat emptor: Speed Racer: The Movie ain't no movie, it's a couple of episodes of the Japanese cartoon with some vintage commercials and an installment of the mystifying '50s American-made Saturday-morning staple Colonel Bleep thrown in. Well, at least the prints are better than the 700th- generation ones they show on MTV, if it makes any difference (actually, it does — the simplistic animation looks, well, more crisply painted). If you liked the show in your youth, you might want this in your collection. But with new animation from Japan outstripping these artifacts almost daily, Speed Racer's value at this point is purely nostalgic. C

Originally posted Feb 11, 1994 Published in issue #209 Feb 11, 1994 Order article reprints