Sunday, April 27, 2014

Toon Sports: Hot Wheels: The Dragon's Tooth Peak Race (1969)

Dandydeal provides us with a full episode of 1969's Hot Wheels, complete with commercials.

In "The Dragon's Tooth Peak Race", the Hot Wheels racing team competes for a $5,000 first prize, which would net them a special engine for a drag racer. Dexter Carter (Casey Kasem) has other ideas. Casey also voices a movie director in the 2nd episode in this program.

At the end of the show, there's a PSA for the American Cancer Society, similar to the one that was done for Skyhawks (and that one had to be taken down when it was deleted by YouTube). Before the closing credits, there's an animated ad for Shasta cola, narrated by actor Tom Bosley.

Enjoy the show.




Rating: B.

2 comments:

magicdog said...

I've never seen an episode before now - and I must say I'm a bit underwhelmed.

This was supposed to have been so controversial - supposedly being a 30 minute commercial for kiddies. I don't see any of that here - except the show's title.

It looks like this came off of someone's 8 MM print - yet it's in B/W. I don't think any of this was ever released on video! Having the commercial attached really makes this a time capsule!

I'm a little disappointed they went with the "Dexter is a cheater" story. Can't there just be rivalries that DON'T involve skullduggary?

It looks like the creators were trying to create an American version of Speed Racer - or at least were influenced by it and decided to just add a "Scooby Gang" to it.

hobbyfan said...

"It looks like the creators were trying to create an American version of Speed Racer - or at least were influenced by it and decided to just add a "Scooby Gang" to it."

Which is ironic considering Casey Kasem was in the cast of both shows.

Color prints of this show are harder to come by. There were a few others, but they've been taken down over time. Casey playing Dexter, though, you have to admit, might've been a precursor to Alexander Cabot III (Josie & The Pussycats) the next year, if Alex was not Shaggyized......