Wacky Races: Season 1 Volume 1 review by Bobby Blakey
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Growing up one of my favorite cartoons was always the Wacky Races from the 60s. There was just something about the fun characters and over the top cars that kept me fully entertained each and every time. Now like most things it has gotten a reboot on Boomerang featuring the voice work of Diedrich Bader, Nicole Parker, Peter Woodward, Billy West and Tom Kenny.
Wacky Races follows Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, the diabolical Dick Dastardly and his snickering side-kick Mutley alongside new-comers Patty Pending, Princess Mimi and Captain Crankshaft and his Skeleton Crew. Race around the world with this wacky bunch, where the laps and the laughs don’t end ‘til the finish line in this all-new, reimagined edition of the classic series. Going into a reboot like this you always have reservations, but I must admit that I actually found this one to be pretty fun. The animation is interesting with style designs a little similar to Phineas and Ferb, but with its own twist and often times more realistic looking backgrounds.
With the old show it focused on the ongoing race complete with results at the end of each episode. This new series includes the races, but each episode also includes both new locations and time periods adding a new fun element to the series. It doesn’t always capture the magic of the original series, but it does a good job of bringing it to a new audience while still being familiar to the old school fans. They kept the personalities of the races included this time around which is great since they are such great characters.
This release doesn’t offer up any bonus features, but does include 10 episodes of fun from the first season. Whether you are a fan of the original or new to the series this is a fun new take that most will likely have some fun with. Start your engines and join the race when Wacky Races: Season 1 Volume 1 hits DVD on April 24th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.