Television Premiere: May 2, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
Run Time: 90 minutes
Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Lions Gate
Go, Speed Racer, Go! This May, start your engines and feel the need for speed as LIONSGATE® releases Speed Racer The Next Generation: The Beginning, the first-ever movie for the new Speed Racer brand on DVD. After 40 years, one of entertainment’s most recognizable animated classics returns from a pit-stop with the DVD premiere of the first movie for the next generation of Speed Racer fans. Speed Racer The Next Generation: The Beginning builds on the legendary adventures of the iconic original series by focusing on Speed’s orphaned son as he contends with the everyday hassles of school life at the Racing Academy while uncovering secrets behind his famous father’s disappearance.
This Spring poses a triple threat as fans of the celebrated series will bear witness to a complete brand resurgence beginning with the worldwide television premiere of the all-new animated movie debuting on Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24 hour animation network on Friday, May 2. This dovetails into the new animated half-hour television series, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, airing Fridays at 7pm ET. The DVD of the animated movie races to major retailers everywhere four days later on Tuesday, May 6 and on Friday, May 9, the much buzzed about Warner Bros. live-action feature film directed by the Wachowski Brothers, attempts a photo-finish as it hits theatres nationwide. The Speed Racer The Next Generation: The Beginning DVD features the complete animated movie premiere as well as an interactive racing game and the featurette, “Creating the Next Speed Racer,” for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Following in the footsteps of the classic series, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, explores the passion of a teenage racer with the most powerful and stylish car on the planet. Speed arrives at The Racing Academy only to find himself immediately intimidated by his fast-paced classmates, but armed with his new friends Conor, Lucy and Conor’s robot monkey, Chim Chim, Speed quickly lives up to his name and becomes the new one to beat in the driver’s seat! Along with action-packed adventure on the racetrack, Speed and his pals work together to solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance and build the ultimate racing machine – the Mach 6.
The new chapter of Speed Racer utilizes a cutting-edge, unique style of animation inspired by the original series and incorporates hot-topic storylines such as renewable resources and the pursuit of a car built with a gasless engine.
Since its debut in Japan in 1967, Speed Racer has become one of the world’s most recognized entertainment properties. With more than 40 million loyal fans worldwide, countless DVDs of the original series have been purchased securing the brand’s place in pop culture.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
*Special features subject to change
- Interactive Racing Game
- “Creating the next Speed Racer” featurette
- And More!
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