Wacky Races (2017 TV series)

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This article is about the 2017 TV series. For the original 1968 TV series, see Wacky Races (1968 TV series).
Wacky Races
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On-screen title card.
Network: Boomerang SVOD
Cartoon Network
Production company: Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original release: August 14, 2017-October 21, 2019
Run time: 11 minutes
Starring: Peter Woodard
Billy West
Nicole Parker
Diedrich Bader
Tom Kenny
Christopher Judge
Executive producer(s): Sam Register
Producer(s): Mike Disa
Jeff Siergey
Music composed by: Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Kristopher Carter
Writer(s): Matt Craig
Michael Ludy
Director(s): Matt Whitlock
Jeff Siergey
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Wacky Races is an animated racing comedy television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network, although it began life on Boomerang's SVOD service. It ran from 2017 to 2019, airing 78 episodes. It is a quasi-sequel/reboot of the original Wacky Races that ran from 1968-70.

The goal of the series is the same, pitting colorful racers into zany--or wacky--races, although that's where the similarities end. This new incarnation allows the racers to travel across the world, through time, outer space, and on other planets, nowhere and no-when is off-limits. The stories aren't limited to just races, and the races themselves don't even involve traditional racing cars, just as long as they race on something, whether it be a toboggan or skis. The racers have also been reduced which has allowed for more development on those who have remained, allowing far more complexity and humor than the original series could provide.

The backstory of the Wacky Races themselves has been fleshed out, by revealing that the races are owned and sponsored by P.T. Barnstorm. The new announcer is also given an identity and interacts with the racers on-screen, instead of just being an unnamed and unseen voice providing commentary.

There's also a wide range of references to other Hanna-Barbera series, the company which also produced the original series, including either guest spots or cameos from the likes of Hong Kong Phooey, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Scrappy-Doo, Space Ghost, and Top Cat.

Production

Development

Aftermath

On December 12, 2018, Will Terrell an artist on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, another Warner Bros. Animation-produced series, announced that his series, Wacky Races, and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs had been canceled.[1][2]

Music

The original theme was carried over, having been written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Hoyt Curtin. The episodic music is delivered by Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter of Dynamic Music Partners.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Ya Win Some, Ya Luge Some" 1x01 August 14, 2017
"Mambo Itali-Go-Go" 1x02 August 31, 2017
"So Far to Mardi Gras" 1x03 August 31, 2017
"Easter Express" 1x04 August 31, 2017
"Race-a-Lot" 1x05 August 31, 2017
"Peter Imperfect" 1x06 August 31, 2017
"Yes, We Canyon" 1x07 August 31, 2017
"Roamin' Racers" 1x08 August 31, 2017
"Smokey Racers" 1x09 August 31, 2017
"Raceketeers" 1x10 August 11, 2017
"Fantastic Race" 1x11 August 31, 2017
"Space Race" 1x12 August 31, 2017
"Backseat Drivers" 1x13 September 28, 2017
"Off Track" 1x14 December 21, 2017
"Cave Racers" 1x15 December 21, 2017
"Guru My Dreams" 1x16 December 21, 2017
"Cold Rush" 1x17 December 21, 2017
"It's a Wacky Life" 1x18 November 30, 2017
"Pretzel Logic" 1x19 December 21, 2017
"Dashing Thru the Snow" 1x20 November 30, 2017
"Formula Racing" 1x21 December 21, 2017
"Unraceable" 1x22 December 21, 2017
"Sister, Twister" 1x23 December 21, 2017
"Mars Needs Racers" 1x24 December 21, 2017
"Race to the Bottom" 1x25 December 21, 2017
"Do Over Dastardly" 1x26 December 21, 2017
"Swap Meet" 1x27 May 10, 2018
"Mother Drives Best" 1x28 May 8, 2018
"Race Against Time" 1x29 December 21, 2017
"My Fair Tiny" 1x30 December 21, 2017
"Under the Rainbow" 1x31 March 16, 2018
"Wacky Spaces" 1x32 May 31, 2018
"The Perils of Peter Perfect" 1x33 May 31, 2018
"People Who Need Purple" 1x34 May 31, 2018
"Race to Infinity" 1x35 May 31, 2018
"His Way or the Highway" 1x36 May 31, 2018
"Racer Roundup" 1x37 May 31, 2018
"Grandfather Knows Best" 1x38 May 31, 2018
"Hong Kong Screwy" 1x39 May 31, 2018
"40 Yard Dash" 1x40 May 31, 2018
"Dickie and the Race-a-nauts" 2x01 November 29, 2018
"Uncle Dickie's Happy Sunshine Children's Hour" 2x02 November 29, 2018
"Peter 2.0" 2x03 November 29, 2018
"Little Pink Riding Hood" 2x04 November 29, 2018
"Punky Races" 2x05 November 29, 2018
"Ragnarok & Roll" 2x06 November 29, 2018
"Wacklantis" 2x07 November 29, 2018
"Game On" 2x08 November 29, 2018
"Much Ado About Wacky" 2x09 November 29, 2018
"Far Away in Old Bombay" 2x10 November 29, 2018
"The Wacky Always Races Twice" 2x11 November 29, 2018
"Mummy Madness" 2x12 November 29, 2018
"King Soloman's Races" 2x13 November 29, 2018
"The Trial of Dick Dastardly" 2x14 November 29, 2018
"The Wack Stuff" 2x15 November 29, 2018
"Dog Gone Dastardly" 2x16 November 29, 2018
"The Purple Way from Outer Space" 2x17 November 29, 2018
"The Attack of the Mega-Muttley" 2x18 November 29, 2018
"[[Wackier Than Fiction]}" 2x19 November 29, 2018
"Never Too Old to Wacky" 2x20 November 29, 2018
"Wacky Wizards" 2x21 November 29, 2018
"Super Wacky" 2x22 November 29, 2018
"Wack to the Future" 2x23 November 29, 2018
"Signed, Sealed, and Wacky" 2x24 November 29, 2018
"Wacky Races The Movie!" 2x25 November 29, 2018
"Catastrophe" 2x26 October 21, 2019
"Brains Before Brawn" 2x27 October 21, 2019
"Double the Dastardly" 2x28 October 21, 2019
"Wackyland" 2x29 October 21, 2019
"Curses, Foiled Again" 2x30 October 21, 2019
"Double Trouble" 2x31 October 21, 2019
"Slow and Steady" 2x32 October 21, 2019
"The Scarlet Pinkernel" 2x33 October 21, 2019
"Troy and Troy Again" 2x34 October 21, 2019
"What a Wacky Development This Is!" 2x35 October 21, 2019
"I, Race Car" 2x36 October 21, 2019
"Muttleys Are Forever" 2x37 October 21, 2019

Cast

References