Speed Racer: The Movie

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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby vynsane » Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:52 am

watched it the other night. it was even more fun than i remembered. this one will go down in the annals of history as an infinitely rewatchable flick like fifth element and galaxy quest. for some reason i can watch those movies over and over and over again without getting tired of them...
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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby Diabolical » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:37 pm

vynsane wrote:this one will go down in the annals of history as an infinitely rewatchable flick like fifth element and galaxy quest.
Once was more than enough for the Fifth Element (mainly because of Chris Tucker - I still can't watch anything that bitch is in) and once was good for Galaxy Quest (unless they release the original R rated version).
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Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby anarky » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:11 pm

Mrs A caught a line spoken by Snake Oiler that she immediately said sounded like McCain:

"This was supposed to be my race! I've played by the rules for EIGHT YEARS!"

Creepy, eh?

A movie about a nobody who comes out of nowhere and beats a corporately-controlled system to change the world?

I immediately said that Royalton was Cheney, Cruncher Block was Rove, and, if Snake is already McCain, this must make Bush (the stooge of Rove and Cheney) be portrayed by Cannonball (the stooge of Royalton and Cruncher).

She went a bit farther and said Trixie was Michelle and Racer-X was Biden. I guess I can see that.

Not sure who Palin would be. Denise Mobile or one of the other female racers you barely see? That doesn't quite seem to fit. She requires more thought.

I had to add that Prince Kabala is John Edwards, who came really close to winning the whole deal until royally screwing himself in the end.
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby Senor JabbaJohnL » Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:37 pm

I'm sure, since Biden was picked well after this movie had already tanked at theaters. :lol:

By the way, the last time I had a sandwich, I really noticed that the cheese was on top of the meat, just like how Obama is on top of McCain in the polls. I had to pause for a minute and think of the psychological ramifications. :wink:
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby Double_G » Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:06 pm

anarky wrote:this must make Bush (the stooge of Rove and Cheney) be portrayed by Cannonball (the stooge of Royalton and Cruncher)

I dunno. Dubya gives off more of a Chim-Chim vibe.
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby anarky » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:04 pm

JJL, it was entirely a silly comparison based on the "for eight years" line, which really does sound like what I imagine McCain to be saying offscreen. :)
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby Senor JabbaJohnL » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:46 pm

anarky wrote:JJL, it was entirely a silly comparison based on the "for eight years" line, which really does sound like what I imagine McCain to be saying offscreen. :)

I know, I was just busting your balls. :lol:
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby anarky » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:03 am

Dub_G, Chim-Chim is totally Dennis Kucinich.
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Re: Speed Racer meets Election '08

Postby Rollo Tomassi » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:38 pm

Senor JabbaJohnL wrote:
anarky wrote:JJL, it was entirely a silly comparison based on the "for eight years" line, which really does sound like what I imagine McCain to be saying offscreen. :)

I know, I was just busting your balls. :lol:



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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby Diabolical » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:34 am

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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby anarky » Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:51 pm

I was reading something somewhere. I'd be happy to link to it, but I don't remember where it was or how I got to it. It was mostly complaining about the whitewashing of Avatar: The Last Airbender. (In case you didn't know, the movie not only can't have the word "Avatar" anywhere in the title, but all the Asian, Indian, and Inuit parts have been cast as white... despite it being directed by an Indian-American.)

So it went on to mention other movies that were whitewashed. Prince of Persia was the next, which I can see: last I checked, Jake Gyllenhall isn't Persian.

And third... Speed Racer? Did I miss something? Or did they not realize that, despite being a Japanese cartoon, the characters were supposed to be white Americans? Hell, with Prince Kabala now being black and new characters like Taejo, I think the movie was more diverse than the cartoon.

Really, did the people making such a claim think that, since the cartoon was Japanese, all the characters were Japanese, and therefore casting Emile Hirsch was racist? And does this totally undermine any other argument they have about any other film?
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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby mabudon » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:11 pm

Well it sure puts the authority in question, no doubt

A shit-ton of anime features mostly white americans who are indeed supposed to be actual US citizens. In much of Gundam most of the characters are like that, I think it was G Gundam wherein the main character was actually japanese for the first time and that was the 4th (??) actual series

The entire Speed Racer universe was just a romanticized version of 50's/60's US culture and wasn't supposed to have anything to do with Japan- essentially, in Japan it was in fact representing all things foreign and american- big, fast cars and the rugged, authentic men who build and drive them.


The whole common "observation" (usually made by fucking idiots) about "all anime characters have those huge eyes" is telling- the round-eye syndrome is such due to the fact that they are NOT SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE JAPANESE PEOPLE and thus sport stylized, exaggerated "super round-eye"
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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby Diabolical » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:26 pm

anarky wrote:I was reading something somewhere. I'd be happy to link to it, but I don't remember where it was or how I got to it. It was mostly complaining about the whitewashing of Avatar: The Last Airbender. (In case you didn't know, the movie not only can't have the word "Avatar" anywhere in the title, but all the Asian, Indian, and Inuit parts have been cast as white... despite it being directed by an Indian-American.)


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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby anarky » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:51 pm

There are apparently two Indian actors, both villains. All the heroes are white.
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Re: Speed Racer: The Movie

Postby Rollo Tomassi » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:39 pm

anarky wrote:There are apparently two Indian actors, both villains. All the heroes are white.



So it's reflective the real world? As it should be. :roll:
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