Inspiration Overload: I Love Speed Racer!

Inspiration Overload: I Love Speed Racer!

Janel Laban
May 27, 2008

I read the reviews saying it was horrible, but had to go anyway - as a fan of Speed, Trixie and Racer X from way back, I'd been looking forward to the Speed Racer movie since the first preview, many months ago. We went on Saturday night to the 740 show and it was LOVE at first sight - we stayed and watched the 1040... too! This post is not a movie review - it's a love letter to a mind blowing-ly intense visual experience - the level of design detail in this film is unbelievable.

Super saturated color, video game-shaming race sequences, amazingly fashionable villians and good guys, wacky kung fu fighting and Chim Chim all rolled into one - this movie is one I'll be thinking about for a LOOONG time.

I can't even say I really 100% love this aesthetic - it is a cartoon universe after all, but I was simply blown away by the care and amazing attention to creating this world; from the sneakers to the boardrooms to Trixie's eye makeup. The interiors are total overkill, a futuristic retro mashup done up in intense colors that are brighter than bright and flat as can be.

And frankly, we totally enjoyed the story telling - the ending is happy (cheaters never prosper!) and the pacing is frenetic but wonderful, as giant closeups of the characters heads create the transitions between scenes. The entire road rally sequence is so fantastic and crazy, I can't even begin to's just an out and out pop overload that we HAD to see again to believe. Pure fun.

I realize that I may be in a (very) small minority due to my undying love for the Speed Racer movie (the reviews really were dismal and box office is horrible - I just don't get it!) but I had to share my thoughts. I simply can't imagine that the image-loving readership of AT wouldn't find this movie intriguing...even if only for the shots of Pop and Mom Racers kitchen...

Images: IMDB and

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