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Studio: DePatie Freleng Release Date : July 9, 1972 Series: The Blue Racer
Cumulative rating:
(2 ratings submitted)

Associated Studio(s)

Mirisch Company

Synopsis

Feeling sad and left out, the Japanese Beetle seeks friendship. The fastest snake in the west, the Blue Racer, offers his slithering scales in friendship; but what kind of a friend tries all afternoon to eat their best friend?

Characters

Blue Racer
(Voice: Bob Holt)
Japanese Beetle
(Voice: Bob Holt)

Credits

Director

Arthur "Art" Davis

Animator

Don Williams
Richard "Dick" Thompson
Bob Matz
John V. Gibbs

Story

John W. Dunn

Music

Doug Goodwin

Backgrounds

Richard H. "Dick" Thomas

Voices

Bob Holt

Layout

Richard "Dick" Ung

Producer

David H. DePatie
Isadore "Friz" Freleng

Production Supervisor

Harry Love

Production Executive

Stan Paperny


Distributor(s)

United Artists

Milestones

  • While released second, this was the pilot entry in the series (which explains why the designs are different compared to later entries)

Trivia

  • Only time in the series where Blue Racer and the Japanese Beetle are voiced by Bob Holt.

DVD

United States

The Blue Racer
The DePatie/Freleng Collection 2

BluRay Disc

United States

The Blue Racer
The DePatie/Freleng Collection 2

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:43
MPAA No.: 23196
MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Color
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From TibbyH :

I'm gonna be blunt, this is my least favorite era of DePatie-Freleng theatricals. Every cartoon series produced after Tijuana Toads felt tired and soulless. It was as if the writers couldn't think of any good ideas and just shoved out anything to fit a six minute time for theaters or drive-ins (be it half baked or not). This series being no exception. The Blue Racer isn't funny. Of the 17 entries in this series, this is the only tolerable one. That doesn't make it good by any means, but at least John Dunn and the animators here tried just a little bit. The production design (like most DFE shorts) is surprisingly good with nice watercolors and a pretty decent recreation of ancient Japanese art. Bob Holt is pretty fun to listen to (except his racist performance of the beetle character) and some of the Racer's quips made me chuckle. Bob Thompson and the rest of the animators do a good job not making this feeling like a TV cartoon and do pull off some expressive dialogue scenes and nice squash-and-stretch. It's a damn shame the rest of the series wasn't as good as this one and DePatie-Freleng lost their touch in the theatrical market.
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