Speed Buggy

Speed Buggy

Infobox Television
show_name = Speed Buggy

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genre = Animation
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runtime = 30 minutes
creator =
director = Charles A. Nichols
producer =
executive_producer = William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
starring =
voices = Mel Blanc
Michael Bell
Arlene Golonka
Phil Luther, Jr.
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country = flagcountry|USA
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language = English
network = CBS
first_aired = September 8, 1973
last_aired = August 30, 1975
num_series =
num_episodes = 16
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imdb_id = 0069636
tv_com_id = 5028

"Speed Buggy" was a Saturday Morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from September 8, 1973 to August 30, 1975 on CBS. Similar in style to Hanna-Barbera's successful "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", "Speed Buggy" followed the adventures of an anthropomorphic, fiberglass Dune Buggy, Speed Buggy (voiced by Mel Blanc), his driver Tinker (voiced by Phil Luther, Jr.), and Tinker's friends, Mark (voiced by Michael Bell) and Debbie (voiced by Arlene Golonka). The three young adults and their car traveled from race to race, often encountering spy capers and mysteries along the way. Speed Buggy's trademark quotes were always "Roger-Dodger!" and "Vroom-a-zoom-zoom!"

Though Speed Buggy (nicknamed Speedy by his friends) had a mind of his own, based on Disney's "Herbie the Love Bug,", he was vulnerable to commands given through a communicator/remote control device made by Tinker when he first built Speed Buggy. Speedy's friends rarely used the device to control his actions, using it mainly for its communication function, but criminals and other ne'er-do-wells would sometimes steal or duplicate the device and manipulate Speedy for their own purposes.

Sixteen 30-minute installments of "Speed Buggy" were produced in 1973. The show was a such a huge success that it aired on all three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC) until 1979, then was picked up for syndication until 1983.

Most likely due to the shows inspiration, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", the character Tinker shares many visual likenesses to Scooby's beatnik best friend, Shaggy. Also, there are some similar character traits between Mark and Fred Jones, and Debbie appears to be very similar to Daphne in multiple ways.

Other appearances

* Speed Buggy and the gang guest starred in a September 29, 1973 episode of "The New Scooby Doo Movies", "The Weird Winds of Winona"; it was the only time that Mark, an Indian, was shown in a darker skin color.

* In 1975, Charlton Comics published a 9-issue series "Speed Buggy" comic book.

* In 1977, Speed Buggy and Tinker also competed in the "Laff-A-Lympics" as part of "The Scooby Doobies" team (where Tinker was voiced by Frank Welker) on "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics".

* On cable, repeats of this show aired on USA Cartoon Express in the 1980s and, from 1992 to the present day, Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang.

* Speed Buggy appeared in a joke flashback in "Stroker and Hoop", in which they think back to when they had caught a criminal named Beeffinger.

* Speed Buggy appeared at the end of an Johnny Bravo episode, "Bravo Dooby Doo", where Johnny meet Mystery Inc.

* Characters from Speed Buggy appeared in the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" episode "High Speed Buggy Chase" with Speed Buggy voiced by Maurice LaMarche, Tinker voiced by Chris Edgerly, and Debbie voiced by Nika Futterman.


:SB-1. "Speed Buggy Went That-A-Way" (prod. #65-1, September 8, 1973):SB-2. "Speed Buggy's Daring Escapade" (prod. #65-2, September 15, 1973):SB-3. "Taggert's Trophy" (prod. #65-3, September 22, 1973):SB-4. "Speed Buggy Falls in Love" (prod. #65-4, September 29, 1973):SB-5. "Kingzilla" (prod. #65-5, October 6, 1973):SB-6. "Professor Snow and Madam Ice" (prod. #65-6, October 13, 1973):SB-7. "Out of Sight" (prod. #65-7, October 20, 1973):SB-8. "Gold Fever" (prod. #65-8, October 27, 1973):SB-9. "Island of the Giant Plants" (prod. #65-9, November 3, 1973):SB-10. "Soundmaster" (prod. #65-11, November 10, 1973):SB-11. "The Ringmaster" (prod. #65-10, November 17, 1973):SB-12. "The Incredible Changing Man" (prod. #65-12, November 24, 1973):SB-13. "Secret Safari" (prod. #65-13, December 1, 1973):SB-14. "Oils Well That Ends Well" (prod. #65-14, December 8, 1973):SB-15. "The Hidden Valley of Amazonia" (prod. #65-15, December 15, 1973):SB-16. "Captain Schemo and the Underwater City" (prod. #65-16, December 22, 1973)

Production credits

*Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
*Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
*Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
*Associate Producer: Art Scott
*Story: Jack Mendelsohn, Len Janson, Jack Kaplan, Norman Maurer, Ray Parker, Larz Bourne, Joel Kane, Woody Kling, Chuck Menville, Larry Rhine
*Story Direction: John Ahern, Phil Babbit, Larz Bourne, Steve Clark, Jean Franklin, George Gordon, Jan Green, Clark Haas, Herb Johnson, Dan Mills
*Voices: Chris Allen, Michael Bell, Mel Blanc, Ron Feinberg, Arlene Golonka, Virginia Gregg, Phil Luther, Jr., Jim MacGeorge, Sid Miller, Alan Oppenheimer, Michael Road, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo, Charles Martin Smith
*Production Design: Bob Singer
*Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
*Titles: Iraj Paran
*Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
*Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
*Character Design: Jerry Eisenberg
*Layout: John Ahern, Hak Ficq, Moe Gollub, Frank Gonzales, Adam Szwejkowski
*Animation: Bill Keil, Ed Barge, Oliver Callahan, Lars Calonius, Harry Holt, George Kreisl, Rae McSpadden, Margaret Nichols, Ed Parks, Don Patterson, Dick Thompson, Xenia
*Background Styling: F. Montealegre, Eric Semones
*Backgrounds: Robert Caples, Dennis Durrell, Venetia Epler
*Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
*Ink & Paint Supervisor: Billie Kerns
*Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
*Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
*Supervising Film Editor: Larry Cowan
*Music Editor: Joe Sandusky
*Effects Editors: Clifford Kohlweck, Earl Bennett
*Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
*Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
*Camera: Tom Barnes, Ron Jackson, Ralph Migliori, Roy Wade
*A Hanna-Barbera Production:© 1973 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

External links

* [http://web.archive.org/web/20000301123256/www.cartoonnetwork.com/doc/speedbuggy/ Cartoon Network: Dept. of Cartoons: Speed Buggy] - cached copy from Internet Archives

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