Speed Racer: The Movie with Corinne Orr

June 21, 2024
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Co-presented with Shout! Studios and Anime NYC. Followed by a Q&A with Speed Racer voice actress Corinne Orr.

Archival 35mm Presentation. A 1992 theatrical compilation produced by Speed Racer Enterprises and Streamline Pictures—one of the pioneering American distributors of English dubbed anime, including Akira and early Miyazaki—Speed Racer: The Movie links together multiple episodes from the iconic Americanized version of the 1960s anime. An early example of the success of Japanese animation in the United States, Speed Racer was notable for its rapid-fire, fast-paced dialogue (meant to match the quick lip movements of the anime) which was produced locally by New York-based dubbing studio Titra Studios and featured the vocal talents of Corinne Orr (Trixie, Spritle, Mom) and Peter Fernandez—who not only voiced the titular Speed Racer, but served as the series’ co-writer and voice director. Struck from the original Japanese 35mm masters and interspersed with ad breaks filled with period commercials, this theatrical re-release selects two of the show’s most absurd adventures: The Car Hater and The Race Against the Mammoth Car. Competing in auto races across the world, Speed, Trixie and the gang go head-to-head with an embittered man on horseback who forbids his daughter from driving and a massive segmented car in the No-Limits World Race—aided, of course, by the powerful Mach 5, the “most fabulous car ever driven.”

35mm print courtesy of the Chicago Film Society.

1992, 80 min., 35mm, color, in English dub. With Peter Fernandez, Corinne Orr, Jack Grimes, Jack Curtis.

Evening is in celebration of Speed Racer newly on to U.S. digital platforms in both English and Japanese from Shout! Studios. Commemorative posters will be provided to all attendees. Corinne Orr will introduce Speed Racer: The Movie, host a Q&A following the screening, and conduct a paid autograph session at the conclusion of the event. 

About Corinne Orr 
Actress Corinne Orr was born in Montreal, Quebec and began acting professionally in Canada at age 14. She trained at the Montreal Repertory Theater and was a member of the Montreal Shakespeare Company. In Canada, she worked beside greats including William Shatner, Christopher Plummer, Rupert Caplan and Silvio Narizzano.

After moving to New York, Orr worked across many soap operas and radio programs and soon started in animation. Her first such role was in Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero, which led to a career of over 300 cartoons and over 1,000 commercials. She is most known as the voices of Trixie and Spritle in Speed Racer and further appeared in Star Blazers, Marine Boy, Ultraman, Gigantor, Gamera, and Simba the White Lion, as well as Sesame Street, and Disney’s PB&J Otter. She also voiced Snuggle Fabric Softener’s Snuggle the Bear for over 15 years.

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Co-presented with Shout! Studios and Anime NYC.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Anime NYC and Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by the Prince Kitano New York, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Friday, June 21, 2024
  • 6:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $22 Nonmembers
  • $16 Members
  • $20 Seniors/Students
  • $20 Person with Disability

Inclusive of fees, where applicable.