Real-Life Wacky Racers
June 26, 2014

Do you remember the Wacky Races cartoon show? If not, here’s the opening, that shows all the various drivers and their odd concept cars.

Now, check out this ad for the Peugeot 208, with real-life versions of a lot of the same vehicles. We didn’t get the lumberjack and the beaver or the hillbilly and the bear — animals are hard to work with — but I’m astounded at all the others.

That’s not my favorite recent nostalgia car ad, though. That title goes to AutoTrader reuniting the Duke boys (John Schneider and Tom Wopat) and the General Lee with plenty of car chases and jumps.

4 Responses  
Anthony writes:  

Given Muttley was a CGI character, it’d be easy to make Blubber Bear or Sawtooth (the beaver) as CGI characters, too. Maybe the budget only went so far (or so much commercial length)?

Johanna writes:  

Oooh, you know the names! Good point. With the lumberjack, I suspect the car wheels being sawblades would just look too stupid. And yeah, cost. Muttley was great, though.

hapax writes:  

I only remember Dick Dastardly (okay, I have a weakness for mustache-twirling villains) and Penelope Pitstop, which says a LOT about my desperation to find female role models in the Saturday morning cartoons!

Anthony writes:  

Yeah, I know the names—the lumberjack’s “Rufus Ruffcut,” while the hillbilly’s “Luke.” And again, CGI might also take care of the sawblade-wheels. :-)

I also have the DVD of the show… yes, repetitive by nature, but fun. (The experience of/my treatment while buying it at Wal-Mart reminds me of *why* I dislike Wal-Mart, however…)

Re: female role models: I wonder if the debut of “Scooby Doo” the same year Penelope got her own show was a positive there (though not the main star, Velma isn’t a “damsel in distress” or just “someone’s girlfriend”), or some of the other similar spinoffs (Valerie in “Josie”, etc.).


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