The participants of an unusual car race compete around America.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Daws Butler ...  Big Gruesome / ... 17 episodes, 1968-1969
Don Messick ...  Gravel Slag / ... 17 episodes, 1968-1969
John Stephenson ...  Blubber Bear / ... 17 episodes, 1968-1969
Janet Waldo ...  Penelope Pitstop 17 episodes, 1968-1969
Dave Willock ...  Narrator 17 episodes, 1968-1969
Paul Winchell ...  Clyde / ... 17 episodes, 1968-1969
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The Wacky Races are a series of car competitions in which 11 racers race in locations throughout North America. The rules are extremely lax and allow for almost any vehicle design, power system and a wide range of tactics like combat and shortcuts. Despite this loose rule structure, competitors Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick, Muttley, are still determined to cheat in their own ineffectual way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Los autos locos See more »

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Runtime:

(34 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was inspired by the film The Great Race (1965). Natalie Wood (playing Maggie DuBois) became Penelope Pitstop (even wearing the same pink racing outfit). Dick Dastardley was based on Jack Lemmon's character Prof. Fate and Dastardley's sidekick Muttley was loosely based on Peter Falk's Max Meen. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Muttley: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
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Best. Cartoon. Ever.
2 April 2006 | by ray-280See all my reviews

You had the Flintstones, which was essentially an animated version of the Honeymooners, and you had the Jetsons, which was essentially a futuristic version of the Flintstones. You had Bugs and Daffy, Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker and Popeye and Bluto, but nothing comes close to the Wacky Races for originality.

For the uinitiated, each week there is a "wacky race" to determine the "world's wackiest racer." A dozen cars participate, each with a unique characteristic. There's Dick Dastardly, and his sidekick, Muttley; Penelope Pitstop and her compact-on-wheels; Peter Perfect and his turbo-charged (and "symbolic") long-nosed racing car, and a host of other "Wackos" who became like an extended family of crazy uncles to a generation of youngsters.


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