“Speed Racer: The Next Generation” on Nicktoons tonight
“Speed Racer: The Next Generation” debuts on Nicktoons tonight at 7 p.m. The original voice of Speed Racer, Peter Fernandez, returns at the voice of a grown-up Spritle, Speed Racer’s younger brother. The next-generation Speed Racer and Racer X take the “Speed Racer” world into the future as rivals at a racing school.
“This came along, and it sounded more promising (than previous Speed Racer revivals),” said Fernandez. “I recently saw the premiere episode, which runs for 90 minutes … the races are spectacular! I was very impressed.”
Fernandez planned to attend the New York premiere of “Speed Racer,” the new film by the Wachowskis, in which he plays an announcer.
“Last summer they flew me over to Berlin to do a couple lines in the film,” Fernandez said. ”I play a local announcer with a porkpie hat and horn-rimmed glasses.”
“Speed Racer” opens May 9. The pilot episode of “Speed Racer: The Next Generation,” written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, comes to DVD next week. Look for my full interview with Peter Fernandez in next weekend’s Weekend LOOK, where he talks about his experiences with “Speed Racer” old and new.
– Matt Price
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