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Wacky Races
Wacky Races Logo.jpg
Wacky Races Title Card
Genre Animation
Written by Larz Bourne
Dalton Sandifer
Tom Dagenais
Michael Maltese
Directed by Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Voices of Daws Butler
Don Messick
John Stephenson
Janet Waldo
Dave Willock
Paul Winchell
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 34
Production
Producer(s) Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Running time 20 Minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Heatter-Quigley Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (syndicated)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 4:3
Original run September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14) – September 5, 1970 (1970-09-05)
Status Ended

Wacky Races is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies, with each driver hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer." Wacky Races ran on CBS from September 14, 1968 to January 4, 1969. Seventeen episodes were produced, with each episode featuring two different races, for a total of 34 races in all.

The cartoon was unusual in the large number of regular characters, twenty-four in total: the twenty-three people and animals spread among the 11 race cars, plus the unseen (and never identified) race announcer. Another unusual feature of the series is that the stars of the show are the villains as opposed to the heroes. Reruns of the series currently air several times a day on Cartoon Network's classic animation network Boomerang.

Contents

Background

Mickey Mouse and the Great Ostrich Race appeared as newspaper strips from January 6, 1936, to March 20, 1936. Mickey acquires an ostrich and has to use it to win a race to pay off bills it has run up. In the race is Goofy with a cart which has panels in with an extendable boxing glove to hit people trying to pass and other surprises. Donald Duck is driving a horse drawn bath of water with sprayers. There is an Alaskan sledge with dogs, a vulture with a basket beneath it with a bear pilot, a cart pulled by a seal, a goat in a wheelchair, a goat pulling another cart, a kangaroo, and Mickey on an ostrich. The race is full of "dirty tricks" as contestants try to win the $300 prize.

However, Monte Carlo or Bust (released in the US as Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies) is a far more likely origin for the series. Not only does it depict a car race filled with humorous incidents and abounding cheating, but the Terry-Thomas character of Sir Percy Ware-Armitage has many similarities with the character of Dick Dastardly and is possibly his direct inspiration. Monte Carlo or Bust was also released in Summer 1969, with Wacky Races starting in the autumn of the same year.

Some also believe that Wacky Races was inspired by the 1965 film The Great Race, and that the main characters in the cartoon were based on those in the film[1]. Penelope Pitstop (who would later have a spin-off series) took on the appearance of Maggie DuBois, played by Natalie Wood, including her pink outfit and her car's parasol. Dastardly has much in common with Jack Lemmon's portrayal of Professor Fate. Fate and his sidekick, Max Meen (Peter Falk), indulge in similar acts of sabotage and Max has Muttley's knack for making mistakes. Although Fate's car does not look much like the Mean Machine, it does bear the familiar spike on the front and is equipped with smoke screen, cannon, and other assorted gadgets.

One of the original plans for the series was that the races themselves would be part of a live-action quiz show with Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley Productions, the team behind the television series Hollywood Squares. Heatter-Quigley's plan was that contestants would actually bet on which Wacky Racer would cross the finish line first. Although the game show concept was eventually scrubbed, the series still retained a Hanna-Barbera Heatter-Quigley dual production credit. In 1988, a made-for-TV movie, Around The World With The Wacky Racers, was planned as part of Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10 series of TV movies, but it never got past the concept stage.

Drivers, characters and cars

The eleven racers and their numbers are:

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Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine 00 (The double 'O'/ The Double Zero)

The villains of the series, in a purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed weapons and ability to fly. Dastardly would concoct a plan or set a trap once he got into the lead of the race to make sure no other car would catch up to him; however, every plan backfired. Ironically, many tricks Dastardly uses are not unlike the ones the other racers use, though only his are referred to as "cheating". His traps would mostly fail, with Dastardly being the one who gets hurt in the end and Muttley, his canine sidekick, snickering at his misfortune (and usually a last-place finish). This usually earned him a bonk on the head from Dastardly, who could seemingly stretch his arms considerable distances for that sole purpose. Even though he always ended up last after taking the lead in the final lap (after he tells Muttley "Nothing Can Stop Us Now!"), Dastardly almost won a race, but thanks to a replay from the judges, he was disqualified because he used a device to stretch out the nose of the vehicle, resulting in Penelope being declared the winner, yet in another episode, Rufus Ruffcut would win a race in identical circumstances by stretching out his neck.. Dastardly dresses in purple and wears a red-and-purple striped puffy hat. He also has a long, black moustache and appears as the archetypal turn-of-the-century villain.

The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile 1

Rock and Gravel Slag are Cavemen driving a wheeled boulder. The Slag Brothers sometimes reconstructed their car from scratch just by using their clubs on any large boulder that was available. Like the Gruesome Twosome, the Slag Brothers can summon up appropriate creatures - such as Pteranodons - to help them. The Slags also speak by combining stereotypical caveman language with normal English, e.g. "Raga-radda, wheel gone. Get new one!" In one episode, the Bouldermobile had a "flat" tire, when a wheel turned cubical. In another episode, a wheel fell off, and Gravel Slag accidentally made a square wheel from a rock, to which Rock Slag responds, "Rah Dummyhead! You make square wheel!" They can accelerate by hitting the car (or at times, each other) with their clubs. The Slag Brothers' character design was re-used for Captain Caveman.[citation needed]

The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe 2

Big Gruesome - a Frankenstein's monster / Lurch type - and Little Gruesome - a purple skinned vampire - are monsters driving a hearse-like car with a belfry which housed a dragon and various spooky characters; the term "lurching along," a clear reference to the aforementioned character, is used by the narrator to introduce the characters and vehicle at the start of the show. The Creepy Coupe was able to fly short distances through use of the dragon's wings and has bats constantly circling its belfry. Also, they can summon bats, storms, ghosts, serpents, and even a witch to help them fend off the other cars. Big Gruesome spoke like Boris Karloff and Little Gruesome like Peter Lorre. "Dragon" - who appeared in every episode, and would sometimes get out of the car and walk with the Gruesome Twosome, was such an integral part of the No. 2 team that he was essentially the 25th character of the show - although he was only ever known as "Dragon," or "Dragon Power," by Big Gruesome.

Professor Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car 3

A scientist in a boat-shaped car equipped with a multitude of gadgets and which can change into just about anything that moves. Among the things his car has transformed into include a motorcycle, a jetpack, a flying carpet on wheels, a forklift, an arrow, a bicycle built for two, a bowling ball, a blimp, a rocket and even an exact duplicate of the Slag Brothers driving the Bouldermobile (when the real Slag Brothers saw this, they cheered their doubles on!). He's sometimes seen as a rival of Dick Dastardly and Muttley, since his car is equipped with a lot of gadgets, just like the Mean Machine, although they are more defensive, or merely speed-boosting, in nature. He often uses his car's gadgets to help out the other drivers if they all get caught in the same trap, such as when he used his car's de-glue gizmo to unstick everyone from a glue trap left by Dastardly. His alliterative name is a pun on the phrase "patent pending."

Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer 4

An air ace whose name is an combination of the Red Baron and the Blue Max, in a car/plane hybrid that was capable of limited flight, usually just enough to leapfrog over racers or obstacles in its path. Red Max could use his propeller as a weapon to slice other cars into pieces, which was demonstrated effectively in one race against the Ant Hill Mob's Bulletproof Bomb. The Haybailer also had a mounted machine gun, which was used sporadically. The Haybailer's transformation from plane to car/plane hybrid seems to have significantly weakened its flying ability, and Max often has to bail out when the Haybailer breaks down.

Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat 5

The only female racer, driving a pink feminine car with personal grooming facilities that would sometimes backfire on other racers, such as shampoo foam hitting their faces. She always has time to relax and worry about her looks, because her car is like a beauty parlor. Penelope also has a habit of holding her arm out in the breeze to dry newly applied nail polish, which the others mistake for a turn signal (this habit once sent the Roaring Plenty into a cactus). Peter Perfect had a crush on her, a feeling that was returned, and always tried to help her; in one episode, they almost end up married. Unlike other cars, the Compact Pussycat rarely was targeted by the other racers, as it seems they also liked and tried to help her as Peter did. Penelope also had her own cartoon, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which also featured the Ant Hill Mob.

Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in the Army Surplus Special 6 (the Surplus Six)

Two soldiers, one a sergeant and the other a private, racing in an army tank/jeep hybrid with a small steamroller‘s wheel attached to the front. The Army Surplus Special, otherwise known as the Surplus Six, made use of its tank facilities while racing, including its cannon, which could spin around to face forward or back, and the hatch, where Sergeant Blast rides. In one episode, the tank fired a bubblegum ball out of its cannon to stop Prof. Pending (the first attempt failed, but a second gum wad did prove successful). The Surplus Special was also equipped with a supply of land mines, which when driven over, would propel the car into the air, and also bazooka-like thrusters in the back, which provided speed boosts. Private Meekly is in charge of driving the vehicle while Sergeant Blast shouts orders. As their names suggest, Private Meekly is very meek and merely follows orders without question, while Sergeant Blast "blasts" orders with his stereotypical army-commander voice. a parody of Gomer Pyle.

The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb 7 (the Roaring Plenty)

Led by Clyde, with Danny, Kurby, Mac, Ring-A-Ding/Ding-A-Ling, Rug Bug Benny, and Willy. Gangsters in a 1920s sedan, the Bulletproof Bomb aka the Roaring Plenty. Although he is sometimes rude to the rest of the gang, Clyde actually cares for them. In one episode, when the rest of the gang was stuck in the Creepy Coupe, Clyde was menacing the Gruesomes: "Alright, you Creeps, where are my boys?". The gang drove in Car Number 7 and were pint-sized characters, a reference to the Seven Dwarfs; in one episode, they even disguise themselves as the Seven Dwarfs to escape from a policeman. Their usual method of improving the speed of their car was "getaway" power, which was achieved by extending their feet through the floor of the car and running, the same way Fred Flintstone accelerates his own prehistoric car.

Clyde's name probably came from car gangster Clyde Barrow while his looks, voice and mannerisms suggest numerous gangster roles played by Edward G. Robinson. This is further reinforced in a dialog where he threatens the boys with, "Youse want I should tell Bonnie on you?", an apparent reference to Barrow accomplice Bonnie Parker. When broadcast in French, his name was changed to "Al Carbone," a play on Al Capone. Ring-A-Ding usually queries Clyde's orders or is the one who causes the plan to go wrong in some way. Clyde also mispronounces his name saying "Ding-A-Ling" instead of "Ring-A-Ding." The Ant Hill Mob re-appeared in the spin-off series The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, with Clyde in a silver outfit and his wingmen, with new names, wearing blue outfits and riding in a new living car, Chugga-Boom. The Mob were the protagonists in this series, along with Penelope herself, and were constantly rushing to her rescue.

Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug 8

Lazy Luke is a hillbilly who is half-asleep during most of the races. He drives the Arkansas Chuggabug while seated on a rocking chair and with his feet perched on the steering wheel. A large but nervous bear named Blubber is his sidekick; Blubber is clad in a scarf and early aviator's helmet with goggles. The Chuggabug is constructed of wood and is powered by a coal-fired pot-bellied stove in the rear of the vehicle. In an episode titled "By Rollercoater to Upsan Downs," the car was shown to have a squirrel as a major component of its engine; Luke fed the squirrel peanuts to increase speed. Blubber, who often bites his nails and shakes, wakes up Luke, who always says: "Blubber, what in tarnation is goin' on here?" or "What in tarnation is that?".

Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific 9 (the Varoom Roadster)

A racecar driver driving a drag racer that often falls to bits, usually immediately following him making a remark about how reliable it is. Peter had a crush on Penelope Pitstop, and so often stopped to help her; he always calls her "Pretty Penny". Penelope returned Peter's affections, and in one episode they almost end up married. He always stops to say hello to Penelope. Sometimes Peter Perfect demonstrated an unusual elasticity ability, although this seemed to be just a gag. In development, the car was called the Varoom Roadster, a name used in the Gold Key comic book series.

Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon 10

A muscle-bound lumberjack and a beaver in a wagon made of logs, with buzzsaws for wheels, hence its name. The buzzsaws gave the car the ability to cut through almost anything, damaging or destroying the object in the process. Rufus is sometimes seen as a rival to the Slag Brothers, as they not only get their car destroyed in this way frequently, but can also reconstruct their car with ease. The vehicle also has two axes attached to each side which Rufus uses to turn tight corners and boost the Buzzwagon's speed, and a log on the front which is occasionally used as a single wheel if the car is forced upright onto its front bumper.

The Race Commentator/Narrator

Every episode was introduced and ended by the Race Commentator/Narrator, and in the US two episode series he would do the 'Interlude' part as well. He would often talk to the drivers, who would answer back looking through the screen - as if talking to the viewer.

Voice cast

Episodes

WR-1. See Saw to Arkansas (35-1)/Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist (35-2) (9/14/1968)
WR-2. Why Oh Why Wyoming (35-3)/Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock (35-4) (9/21/1968)
WR-3. Mish-Mash Missouri Dash (35-6)/Idaho a Go-Go (35-5) (9/28/1968)
WR-4. Baja-Ha-Ha Race (35-11)/Real Gone Ape (35-8) (10/5/1968)
WR-5. Scout scatter (35-7)/Free Wheeling to Wheeling (35-10) (10/12/1968)
WR-6. By Rollercoaster to Ups an' Downs (35-9)/The Speedy Arkansas Traveller (35-12) (10/19/1968)
WR-7. Zippy-Mississippi Race (35-15)/Traffic Jambalaya (35-17) (10/26/1968)
WR-8. Hot Race at Chillicothe (35-16)/The Wrong Lumber Race (35-18) (11/2/1968)
WR-9. Rhode Island Road Race (35-19)/The Great Cold Rush Race (35-13) (11/9/1968)
WR-10. Wacky Race to Rip Saw (35-20)/The Oils Well That Ends Well Race (35-21) (11/16/1968)
WR-11. Whizzing to Washington (35-22)/The Dipsy-Doodle Desert Race (35-24) (11/23/1968)
WR-12. Eeny, Miny Missouri Go! (35-14)/The Super Silly Swamp Sprint (35-23) (11/30/1968)
WR-13. Dash to Delaware (35-26)/The Dopey Dakota Derby (35-27) (12/7/1968)
WR-14. Speeding for Smogland (35-28)/Race Rally to Raleigh (35-25) (12/14/1968)
WR-15. Ballpoint, Penn, or Bust! (35-30)/Fast Track to Hackensack (35-29) (12/21/1968)
WR-16. The Ski Resort Road Race (35-33)/The Overseas Hi-Way Race (35-34) (12/28/1968)
WR-17. Race to Racine (35-31)/The Carlsbad or Bust Bash (35-32) (1/4/1969)

Spin-offs and similar series

Penelope Pitstop and the Ant Hill Mob were spun off into another cartoon series in 1969, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Also in 1969, Dick Dastardly and Muttley were given a spin-off, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (sometimes mistakenly known as Stop The Pigeon, after the show's working title and theme song).

In Sydney, Australia, Wacky Races debuted as a segment of a live afternoon program, Skeeter's Cartoon Corner on the Nine Network. The host, Skeeter the Paperboy (James Kemsley) would dial a child viewer's telephone number at the halfway point of an episode, and invite everyone in the household to vote for their favorite cars on a tally board. After the race, the young contestant, and the relative with the winning vehicle, would win prizes, including plastic model kits of the Wacky Races cars.

The basic idea behind Wacky Races was used again by Hanna-Barbera in later years. The late 1970s series Yogi's Space Race featured Hanna-Barbera stalwarts such as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and others racing against each other across outer space (and fending off a villain and his canine sidekick). The new character of Mumbley was based on Muttley. In the early 1990s, the syndicated series Wake, Rattle and Roll featured a segment called "Fender Bender 500," which once again featured Dick Dastardly and Muttley (and a revamped "Mean Machine" here called the Dirty Truckster), only this time racing against Yogi Bear, Winsome Witch, Quick Draw McGraw, and other Hanna-Barbera stars. In the Latin American version of Laff-A-Lympics, the Dread Baron and Mumbly were Dick Dastardly and Muttley.

Video games

A Wacky Races video game was produced in 1992 for the NES, IBM PC, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 in which the player took the role of Muttley, sent on missions from Dick Dastardly to defeat the other racers. A Mega Drive/Sega Genesis game was also developed, but cancelled before release. A video game called Wacky Races Starring Dick Dastardly and Muttley was released in 2000 for the Dreamcast. This is one of the more notable games in the series. This game featured all the characters from the series playable with their vehicles. This game also had a variety of modes such as Arcade Mode, Adventure mode, and finally Battle Arena. This game allowed multi-player for up to 4 people. Voices for the video games' renditions of the characters included Jim Cummings as Dick Dastardly, Clyde, Private Meekly, Big Gruesome, Rock Slag, and Gravel Slag; Billy West as Muttley and Little Gruesome, Janet Waldo as Penelope Pitstop, John Stephenson as Luke, Scott Innes as Professor Pat Pending, Gregg Berger as the narrator, and the late Greg Burson as the Red Max, Sergeant Blast, Peter Perfect and Rufus Ruffcut. An expanded version of the game was later released on PlayStation 2.

Later in 2007, another game called Wacky Races: Mad Motors for the PlayStation 2 was released by Blast on June 12.

A new video game for the Wii and Nintendo DS consoles titled Wacky Races: Crash and Dash was released on 27 June 2008. This latest outing was developed by Eidos.[2]

DVD releases

A three-disc DVD release of the complete series was made available in Japan on August 10, 2001 and had both English and Japanese audio. In Britain Warner released a three-disc set with no extra features, which was only available in Virgin Megastores. The complete box set of Wacky Races was released on July 31, 2006 as an HMV exclusive but is essentially the standard Volumes 1-3 with no extras.

Warner Home Video released the entire series, with commentaries and other extras, in a DVD box set on October 26, 2004.

A 2 and a half hour VHS video was also available sometime in the 1990s.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Wacky Races- The Complete Series 34 October 19, 2004
  • Commentary on various episodes
  • Rearview Mirror: A Look Back at Wacky Races (retrospective documentary)
  • Spin-Out Spin-Offs (featurette on the spin-off shows Dastardly and Muttley and Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)
  • Wacky Facts Trivia Track (pop-up trivia over episodes "See-Saw to Arkansas and" "Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist")

Race results

The show gave the results of each race at the end of each episode, (the first, second, and third placings are given by the narrator, and we sometimes see the other cars go past the finish line). The show never indicated a particular scoring system or way to determine who won the Wacky Races as a whole. To win, one did not actually need to be in one's assigned vehicle; apparently all that was necessary was for the driver to cross the finish line in a conveyance of some sort (a flying carpet or a giant ice cube would do), although racers were apparently prohibited from simply walking across. Oddly, however, disqualification would result if a driver crossed the finish line "in the wrong vehicle." The cumulative totals for first, second, and third place finishes for each contestant are presented below:[3]

Contestant Car # 1st 2nd 3rd
The Arkansas Chugabug 8 4 1 4
The Army Surplus Special 6 3 1 0
The Boulder Mobile 1 3 8 3
The Bulletproof Bomb 7 4 5 2
The Buzzwagon 10 3 6 4
The Compact Pussycat 5 4 2 5
The Convert-A-Car 3 3 2 5
The Creepy Coupe 2 3 3 6
The Crimson Haybailer 4 3 4 3
The Mean Machine 00 0 0 0
The Turbo Terrific 9 4 2 2

The Anthill Mob in their Bullet Proof Bomb, Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chugabug, Peter Perfect in The Turbo Terrific, and Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat, hold a joint record for the most wins, each finishing first four times, although one of Pitstop's wins was a result of Dastardly being disqualified for cheating. The record for the most second places is held by the Slag Brothers in the Boulder Mobile, with eight, whilst Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth have come in second six times. The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe, hold the record for the most third places, with six. However, the Slag Brothers score the highest overall score, with 28, followed by the Buzzwagon with 25, and the Bulletproof Bomb with 24. According to FIA's Formula One pointscoring systems for the current years of the show, the final standings would be exactly the same, scoring 9 points to 1st place, 6 to 2nd and 4 to 3rd, the Slag Brothers would finish with 87 points, followed by the Buzzwagon with 79, and the Bulletproof Bomb with 74.

NOTE: It must be said though that Dick Dastardly intentionally lost on 2 occasions, one time for "photo" finish (he posed) and one time to give Muttley his autograph.

Cultural references

  • The animated series Dexter's Laboratory featured a parody of Wacky Races in the episode "Dexter's Wacky Races," featuring the show's major cast members (Dexter, Mandark, Mandark's mother and father, Dexter's mother and father, Dee Dee and Koosy, Monkey and Agent Honeydew, and the Justice Friends) racing against each other in a road rally to Burbank, California. The opening credits of Wacky Races and the show's narrator are also parodied here. The exact same music score from Wacky Races is heard in that episode.
  • A portion of the animated movie Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is loosely based on Wacky Races.
  • In ReBoot, season 3, Enzo reboots as a parody toy of Dick Dastardly and Frisket reboots as a parody toy of Muttley. In the same episode, the user is Penelope Pitstop, who only utters her famous, high-pitched, "Help!"
  • In one episode of Duck Dodgers, the title character turns himself into Muttley in the virtual reality game.
  • Life-size working replicas of the vehicles have been built in the UK and appear annually at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, with new additions each year. 2008 sees the last of the cars (the Anthill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb 07) added to the collection thereby becoming the complete set.

* Brazilian band Irmãos Rocha is named after the Slag Brothers. Irmãos Rocha means literally "Rock Brothers," and "Rocha" is a common surname in Brazil.

  • Underground rapper Daniel Dumile makes a reference to "Dick Dastardly and Muttley with sick laughter" in the song "Accordion" on his collaboration album Madvillainy with producer Madlib.
  • Underground rapper Saafir on the song "Swig of the Stew" from his debut album Boxcar Sessions, claims that "Dick Dastardly could never've mastered me."
  • British rapper Jehst on the song "Nouveau Riche" claims he is "The Dick Dastardly of hip hop, I've got my eye on Penelope Pitstop."
  • British cabaret punk band The Bus Station Loonies feature a track "Dick Dastardly" on their debut album "Mad Frank's Zonal Disco" (Ruptured Ambitions 1999), containing several references to various characters throughout.
  • German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has been nicknamed Dick Dastardly by some journalists covering F1 races not only because of his prominent chin but also those controversial maneuvers which have thrown faster cars off the track.
  • The English adult, black humour and satire comic Viz had a one-off parody strip called "Wacky Racists" with David Irving as Dick Dastardly and Unity Mitford as Penelope Pitstop and comedian Bernard Manning.[4]
  • In the "Dabba Don" episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law, the Ant Hill Mob appear briefly, shooting Mighty Mightor from their Bulletproof Bomb, apparently carrying out orders from Fred Flintstone.
  • The second season episode of the MTV's Latin America animated series Alejo y Valentina: "La carrera loca" ("The Wacky Race") is a tribute to Wacky Races, where the main cast of the series compete in a race with vehicles resembling the ones for Wacky Races (Valentina in the Compact Pussycat, Carlitox and Colorín in the Creepy Coupe, etc.).
  • A story arc in the online game City of Heroes has villains named after Wacky Races characters (Rufus of Perez, Slag of Skywyay, etc.). [1]
  • In an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, John Barrowman mentioned a picture of the Sugababes to feature Dick Dasterly, Muttley and Penelope Pitstop.
  • The Johnny Test episode, "Johnny Cart Racing", is an all-out parody of Wacky Races.
  • The scene in the "Powerpuff Girls" Rule special where the characters are racing to get the key to the world, it mirrors several of the cars from Wacky Races.
  • Wacky Races has had an influence on Japanese animation. At least three anime shows have produced a Wacky Races-style special, complete with wacky cars usually based on a series prop. During the '80s, animation production house Artmic (now AIC) produced Scramble Wars, starring the super deformed versions of characters from Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force and other shows that Artmic created. Bandai animation house Sunrise produced a similar special, as part of the SD Gundam OVA series of self-parodies of Sunrise's Gundam series. This is perhaps the most direct homage to Wacky Races, as the episode transforms one of the characters, the mad ace Yazan Gable of Zeta Gundam, into a clear Dick Dastardly homage (including oversized chin) and another villain as his Muttley-esque sidekick, complete with a dog-like snout and a raspy, hushed laugh. In 1993, Tatsunoko Productions released a Wacky Races-styled OVA special featuring the characters from the popular and long running Time Bokan franchise and its spin-offs, Yatterman, Zendaman, and Otasukeman. Dotto Koni-Chan also dedicates one episode sketch to the cartoon.
  • In "Death Race to Oblivion", an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the alien warlord Mongul forces several superheroes and villains to race across the desert for his amusement against his champion, Steppenwolf (using a tank-like car with a steam engine), or face Earth's destruction. The other racers (and their rides) are Batman (Batmobile), Green Arrow (Arrowcar), Plastic Man and Woozy Winks (Plastic Man in the form of a car), Guy Gardner of the Green Lanterns (a hot rod made from green energy), Huntress (motorcycle), The Joker (Jokermobile), Black Manta (gigantic tri-pod walker), Catwoman (cat-shaped car), and Gentleman Ghost (a motorized hearse). Mongul transported those whose cars were destroyed to energy cages (one for heroes and one for villains) on his Warmoon orbiting the Earth. Green Arrow and Guy were separated from their weapons during teleportation. Green Arrow managed to distrupt the flow of energy to the heroes' cage long enough to shoot Guy through the hole (using Plastic Man as a bow) to Guy's power ring. While Batman (with Huntress as his passenger) beat Steppenwolf to the finish line, Guy freed the heroes, destroyed Warmoon's energy core and transported the heroes and villains back to Earth. With Mongul defeated, Guy said "You know you want to say it, Mongul: 'Curses, Foiled Again.'"

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