Mangobot: The Original Speed Racer

From my bimonthly futurism column on io9:

Way before Speed Racer became fodder for one of the season’s
most highly anticipated blockbusters, it was a simple 60s-style
Japanese cartoon. The original Speed Racer was a TV anime series called Mach GoGoGo,
aired on Fuji TV—one of Japan’s major television networks—in 1967 and
1968. Like many other sources of entertainment in Japan at the time,
Go’s determination and the superior technology of Mach 5 were symbolic
of the country’s rapid post-war recovery and the determination that
drove it. While you’re waiting to head to your multiplex to watch the
Hollywood version tonight, let me take you back in time and show you a
glimpse of the original.

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2 thoughts on “Mangobot: The Original Speed Racer

  1. Ohh How I miss those days of watching that…
    Anyway, get a NY hot dog, they dont make them like they do anywhere else. They are the best.

  2. Speed Racer was always on my schedule when I got home from school. I’m not sure I want to see the movie though. I’m here in Japan for the next couple of months, so I’m not sure when it will get over here. I’m interested what the reaction will be here as well.