1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (1 rating submitted)

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)

DVD

United States

The Blue Racer (commentary by Jerry Beck)

BluRay Disc

The Blue Racer

Notes

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.

Distributor(s)

United Artists

Technical Specifications

MPAA Number: 23196
Running Time: 6:43
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Color
Sound Type: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

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.


Screenshots

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History

4/5/2012

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11/29/2013

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  • Tech specs added by eutychus

3/22/2017

  • Credits added by TibbyH

5/30/2017

  • Home video info added by Toonatic

5/30/2017

  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Milestones added by TibbyH
  • Trivia added by TibbyH

6/21/2017

  • Running time added by eutychus
  • MPAA Number added by eutychus

6/24/2017

  • Screenshots added by eutychus

6/25/2017

  • Synopsis added by TibbyH

9/7/2017

    Sources

    Arthur "Art" Davis: Director
    • Verified by "The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons" by Jeff Lenburg

    John W. Dunn: Story
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Doug Goodwin: Music
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    David H. DePatie: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Isadore "Friz" Freleng: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Don Williams: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Richard "Dick" Thompson: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Bob Matz: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    John V. Gibbs: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Bob Holt: Voices
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Richard "Dick" Ung: Layout
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Richard H. "Dick" Thomas: Backgrounds
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Stan Paperny: Production Executive
    • Verified by The DePatie Freleng Website

    Harry Love: Production Supervisor
    • Verified by The DePatie Freleng Website