“Speed Racer” trailer: CGI in high gear


When a group of guys is huddled
around a computer oohing and ahhing, it can mean only one thing: cars.
You thought I was going to say porn, didn’t you? Well, that’s what I
expected when I sneaked up behind them, hoping for a peek of something
naughty. Instead, I saw this.

It’s the car Speed’s rival,
Racer X, will be driving in the movie Speed Racer. In case you
care, the car is modeled after ARTA‘s Super GT 300 car. That means absolutely
nothing to me, but now you know. And just so your day will be complete, here’s what Speed will be driving.

Since my main requirement for
a car is leather seats, I’m much more interested in the movie itself, which stars, among other people,
Christina Ricci
, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.


Oh, it also stars a monkey,
er, chimpanzee. I understand chimps get testy if you call them monkeys. You know
it’s hard out here for a chimp.

Speed Racer is written
and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, to whom I will forever be grateful. Since the brothers were also responsible
for a little movie called The Matrix, Speed Racer has been
generating a lot of hype, especially about the 2000+ special effects — nearly three times the amount in
most CGI-enhanced movies. Take a look at the trailer and see what you



Speed Racer is due in
theaters in May. Let’s hope the actors are a little livelier in the
film than they were in this press conference. Otherwise, I may have to just watch

How about you? Are you looking
forward to Speed Racer? Do the cars make you all tingly? Wait,
never mind that last question. I really don’t want to know.

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