Wacky Races (1968–1970)

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Wacky Races (TV Series 1968–1970)

The Wacky Races are a series of car competitions in which 11 racers race in locations throughout North America. The rules are extremely lax and allow for almost any vehicle design, power system and a wide range of tactics like combat and shortcuts. Despite this loose rule structure, competitors Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick, Muttley, are still determined to cheat in their own ineffectual way.
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Creators
Creator Joseph Barbera
Creator William Hanna
Creator Larz Bourne
Creator Tom Dagenais
Information
Release Date1968-09-14
Runtime
GenreAnimation, Comedy, Family
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyHanna-Barbera Productions, Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley Productions
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Big Gruesomeas Big Gruesome…
Gravel Slagas Gravel Slag…
Blubber Bearas Blubber Bear…
Penelope Pitstopas Penelope Pitstop
Narratoras Narrator
Clydeas Clyde…

Wacky Races (1968 TV series)

Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Saturday mornings. The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America, with all of the drivers hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer". The show was inspired by the 1965 comedy film The Great Race.

The cartoon had many regular characters, with 23 people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. Wacky Races ran Saturday mornings on CBS from September 14, 1968, to January 4, 1969, and in syndication from 1976 to 1982. Seventeen 20-minute episodes were produced, with each of them featuring two 10-minute segments.

The series spawned numerous spin-offs throughout the years featuring Dick Dastardly, the most similar in theme being "Fender Bender 500" in 1990.

In 2017, the series was remade as a reboot, airing on Boomerang. It aired only once on Cartoon Network on August 13, 2018.


Plot

The cartoon revolves around several racers with various themes who are each allowed to use strange gimmicks to compete against other racers in many races across the United States.

Racers include:

  • Dick Dastardly, an archetypal mustache-twirling villain and his wheezily snickering dog, Muttley, in the Mean Machine (00); their sinister vehicle is a combustion, purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed weapons and the ability to fly. Dastardly's usual race strategy revolves around using the Mean Machine's great combustion and speed to get ahead of the other racers and then setting a trap to stop them and maintain the lead, but most of his plans backfire, causing him to fall back into last place. Dastardly is the only racer who not only never wins, but never even finishes in the top three in any race. In the opening title sequence, Dastardly attempts to stall the racers by chaining their cars to a pole, but then he accidentally shifts his car into reverse, bumps into and breaks the pole and frees the others as the race begins.
  • The Slag Brothers, Rock and Gravel, in a caveman-themed race car called the Boulder Mobile (1); their car is made out of rock and the brothers (who talk in caveman-like gibberish but with occasional intelligible words) power it up by hitting it on both sides with their clubs and are also able to re-build it from bare rock, always using their clubs.
  • The Gruesome Twosome, Tiny "Big Gruesome" and Bela "Little Gruesome", who are monsters, in the Creepy Coupe (2); their horror-themed car includes a small bell tower inhabited by a fire-breathing dragon, bats and other creatures. The Creepy Coupe's special booster is "dragon power," with the dragon acting as a RATO unit.
  • Professor Pat Pending, an inventor, in the Convert-a-Car (3); he can transform his car into pretty much anything that moves.
  • The Red Max, a Manfred von Richthofen-styled aviator who speaks with a German accent, in a car/airplane hybrid called the Crimson Haybaler (4); his vehicle is able to fly, although only for short distances in ground effect.
  • Penelope Pitstop, the lone female driver, in a 1930s racing costume in the Compact Pussycat (5); a Southern belle, Penelope seems more concerned with her looks than with racing and often gets herself into trouble. Nevertheless, she is a skilled racer, usually in the top three finishers and winning several times.
  • Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in an armored car/tank hybrid called the Army Surplus Special (6); the Sergeant uses "fire power" (i.e. shooting cannonballs from his turret) to temporarily boost power in the car.
  • The Ant Hill Mob, a group of dwarf-like gangsters led by Clyde and is composed of him, Ring-A-Ding, Rug Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, Kirby and Willy, in the Bulletproof Bomb (7); they are sometimes preoccupied with getting caught by the police and are able to use "getaway power", which involves all the gangsters (except for Clyde) extending their legs through the bottom of the car and running.
  • Lazy Luke, a hillbilly, and Blubber Bear, a timid, cry-baby bear, in the Arkansas Chuggabug (8); Luke maneuvers the steering wheel with his bare feet and his car is steam-powered from an old rickety boiler. Luke has been known to blow up a balloon and use it as an air jet for briefly increased speed.
  • Peter Perfect, a gentlemanly racer, in the Turbo Terrific (9); Peter is extremely strong, but also very vain, and he often boasts about the virtues of his high-tech race car – which regularly falls to pieces seconds after he praises it. He is fond of Penelope and often helps her out.
  • Rufus Ruffcut, a lumberjack, and his companion Sawtooth, a beaver, in the Buzz Wagon (10); their car, entirely made of wood, features four circular saw blades as wheels and Sawtooth is able to cut through obstacles (such as trees and other objects) at super-high speed.

Production

One of the unused plans for the series was that the races would be part of a live-action game show produced by Heatter-Quigley Productions (known for The Hollywood Squares), in which contestants would bet on which Wacky Racer would cross the finish line first. Although the game show concept was scrapped, the series was still produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, in association with Heatter-Quigley Productions.

In 1988, a made-for-TV movie, Around the World with the Wacky Racers, was planned as part of Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10 series of TV movies, but never got past the concept stage.

It has been said that the feature film The Great Race (1965) was an influence towards three characters in this series: Peter Perfect (after Leslie Gallant III, played by Tony Curtis), Penelope Pitstop (after Maggie Dubois, played by Natalie Wood), and Dick Dastardly (after Professor Fate, played by Jack Lemmon).


Voice cast

  • Paul Winchell – Dick Dastardly, Private Meekly, Clyde
  • Don Messick – Muttley, Professor Pat Pending, Gravel Slag, Bella Gruesome, Ring-a-Ding, Sawtooth
  • Daws Butler – Rock Slag, Tiny Gruesome, Red Max, Sergeant Blast, Peter Perfect, Rufus Ruffcut
  • John Stephenson – Luke, Blubber Bear
  • Janet Waldo – Penelope Pitstop
  • Dave Willock – Commentator/Narrator

List of episodes

No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
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1a"See-Saw to Arkansas"September 14, 196835–1
The Wacky Racers undertake a grueling zig-zag race to Mustard, Ark. Also, The Ant Hill Mob escapes a pursuing policeman by donning disguises as the Seven Dwarfs.
1b"Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist"September 14, 196835–2
The Wacky Racers encounter ghosts in the abandoned town of Spookane.
2a"Why Oh Why Wyoming"September 21, 196835–3
The Wacky Racers roar across the desert, dashing toward Rock Springs, Wyo. Meanwhile, Dick Dastardly teams up with Indian chief Crazy Buffalo in an attempt to stop the racers in their tracks.
2b"Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock"September 21, 196835–4
At Yellow Rock Park, Dastardly attempts to disguise the Old Faithful geyser as part of the road, and later ensures that Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear do not leave the park.
3a"Mish-Mash Missouri Dash"September 28, 196835–6
Dastardly discovers an irate hillbilly determined to protect his land from trespassers—including the Wacky Racers!
3b"Idaho a Go-Go"September 28, 196835–5
The racers embark on a lap to a little town in Idaho, while Dastardly tries to entrap Penelope Pitstop with a "Little Red Riding Hood" ploy.
4a"The Baja-Ha-Ha Race"October 5, 196835–11
In Mexico, Dick Dastardly and Muttley try to slow the other drivers by using a herd of cow-shaped balloons to block the road.
4b"Real Gone Ape"October 5, 196835–8
Dick Dastardly hypnotizes a giant gorilla in an attempt to win the race.
5a"Scout Scatter"October 12, 196835–7
The Ant Hill Mob escapes the police by posing as Wood Scouts.
5b"Free Wheeling to Wheeling"October 12, 196835–10
Dick Dastardly makes use of heavy machinery to stop the Wacky Racers.
6a"By Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs"October 19, 196835–9
The Wacky Racers travel by roller coaster when Dick Dastardly diverts them into a closed amusement park.
6b"The Speedy Arkansas Traveler"October 19, 196835–12
Racing to Noah's, Arkansas, Dastardly and Muttley hilariously pose as army officers to harass the Army Surplus Special, but find themselves scrambling from actual army officers!
7a"The Zippy Mississippi Race"October 26, 196835–15
Dastardly diverts the rest of the racers onto a Mississippi riverboat.
7b"Traffic Jambalaya"October 26, 196835–17
Dastardly tricks several racers into searching for a "harmless" gorilla, who is actually Dastardly in disguise, at a wild animal park.
8a"Hot Race at Chillicothe"November 2, 196835–16
Dishonest Dick Dastardly steals a police car and chases the Ant Hill Mob into a boys' baseball game.
8b"The Wrong Lumber Race"November 2, 196835–18
In Oregon's rugged lumber country, Dick Dastardly tries to use falling trees and spinning saw blades to stop the racers.
9a"Rhode Island Road Race"November 9, 196835–19
Devious Dick Dastardly diverts the Boulder Mobile onto a construction site and the other racers follow it up the girders of a skyscraper.
9b"The Great Cold Rush Race"November 9, 196835–13
On a trans-Canadian race, Dastardly disguises himself as an Abominable Snowman.
10a"Wacky Race to Ripsaw"November 16, 196835–20
To prevent Penelope from coming in first place, Dastardly creates a roadside beauty parlor to lure her into stopping and later literally jacks up the Army Surplus Special after diverting them into a garage.
10b"Oils Well That Ends Well"November 16, 196835–21
The Wacky Racers are once again beset by Dick Dastardly's deviously dirty tricks as they race across oil drilling country.
11a"Whizzin' to Washington"November 23, 196835–22
When the Ant Hill Mob zooms past Dick Dastardly, he directs a police officer to chase them.
11b"The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby"November 23, 196835–24
Dick Dastardly finds a genie in a bottle and tries to use his powers to win the race.
12a"Eeny, Miny Missouri Go!"November 30, 196835–14
Dick Dastardly plots to have an aquarium whale swallow the rest of the contestants!
12b"The Super Silly Swamp Sprint"November 30, 196835–23
Dastardly and Muttley unleash a squadron of mechanical mosquitoes to wreak havoc on the other cars.
13a"The Dopey Dakota Derby"December 7, 196835–27
Speeding from Cactus City to Gopher Gulch in the Badlands, Dick Dastardly disguises himself as "Deadweed Dick," an outlaw that he sees on a Wanted poster.
13b"Dash to Delaware"December 7, 196835–26
Speeding to Wott-Will, Delaware, Dick Dastardly sprays cake icing on the road, sending Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect into a bakery, where he turns them into wedding cake toppers.
14a"Speeding for Smogland"December 14, 196835–28
During the race, Dick Dastardly lures the other racers toward a castle façade for a King Arthur movie, hoping to drop the portcullis on one of them.
14b"Race Rally to Raleigh"December 14, 196835–25
Dick Dastardly lures the other racers onto a farm, where chaos ensues.
15a"Ballpoint, Penn. or Bust!"December 21, 196835–30
Speeding toward Ballpoint, Pennsylvania, Dick Dastardly sets up a fake train crossing, but the train comes out of the screen and runs over him.
15b"Fast Track to Hackensack"December 21, 196835–29
Speeding to Hackensack, New Jersey, Dick Dastardly changes a speed limit sign so The Ant Hill Mob are arrested by the local sheriff for speeding.
16a"The Ski Resort Road Race"December 28, 196835–33
Speeding from Mush-Mush, Michigan to Iceandsnow, Idaho, Dick Dastardly causes an avalanche. He uses a ski jump for his own getaway, but the other cars follow him.
16b"Overseas Hi-Way Race"December 28, 196835–34
Speeding across a series of bridges from Key Largo to Key West, Florida, Dick Dastardly tries to blow the other racers off course by using a giant wind machine to create an artificial hurricane.
17a"Race to Racine"January 4, 196935–31
Speeding to Racine, Wisconsin, Dick Dastardly uses various tactics such as blinding Penelope Pitstop with a camera flash and using a large mechanical eggbeater to turn the Army Surplus Special the wrong way.
17b"The Carlsbad or Bust Bash"January 4, 196935–32
Series finale. Dick Dastardly digs a pit to trap some drivers, Penelope Pitstop powders her nose and blinds Red Max, and the Turbo Terrific speeds into first place. Dastardly tries to overheat The Arkansas Chug-a-Bug, but it just propels itself into first place from the extra steam. Dastardly has Muttley place a fake "Bridge Out" sign to stop the racers, but Dastardly discovers too late that the bridge really is out. At Carlsbad Caverns, Dastardly attacks them with a boulder, but Professor Pat Pending cues it back at him as the other racers make it out.

Race results

The show gave the results of each race at the end of each episode (the first, second, and third placings are given by the narrator, and the narrative sometimes saw some or all of the other cars cross the finish line) as well as what happened with Dick Dastardly after his last scheme's failure. The show never indicated a particular scoring system or way to determine who won the Wacky Races as a whole. The cumulative totals for first-, second-, and third-place finishes for each contestant are presented below:

ContestantsCar nameCar no.1st2nd3rdTop 3
The Slag BrothersThe Boulder Mobile138314
Rufus Ruffcut and SawtoothThe Buzzwagon1036413
The Gruesome TwosomeThe Creepy Coupe233612
The Ant Hill MobThe Bulletproof Bomb745211
Penelope PitstopThe Compact Pussycat542511
The Red MaxThe Crimson Haybaler434310
Professor Pat PendingThe Convert-A-Car332510
Lazy Luke and Blubber BearThe Arkansas Chuggabug84149
Peter PerfectThe Turbo Terrific94228
Sergeant Blast and Private MeeklyThe Army Surplus Special63104
Dick Dastardly and MuttleyThe Mean Machine000000
Grand totals343434102

Standings

1. The Boulder Mobile2. The Creepy Coupe3. The Convert-A-Car4. The Crimson Haybaler5. The Compact Pussycat6. The Army Surplus Special7. The Bulletproof Bomb8. The Arkansas Chuggabug9. The Turbo Terrific10. The Buzzwagon00. The Mean Machine
1aSee-Saw to Arkansas2nd1st3rd
1bCreepy Trip to Lemon Twist2nd1st3rdDQ
2aWhy Oh Why Wyoming2nd1st8th7th6th5th10th3rd9th4th11th
2bBeat the Clock to Yellow Rock5th3rd7th10th9th6th4th1st8th2nd
3aMish-Mash Missouri Bash3rd1st4th2nd
3bIdaho a Go-Go1st3rd2nd
4aThe Baja-Ha-Ha Race1st5th4th3rd7th6th2nd9th8th10th11th
4bReal Gone Ape9th5th7th2nd6th1st4th10th8th3rd
5aScout Scatter2nd4th3rd5th1st
5bFree Wheeling to Wheeling5th4th6th3rd7th1st2nd
6aBy Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs2nd1st3rd
6bThe Speedy Arkansas Traveler1st4th2nd3rd
7aThe Zippy Mississippi Race7th6th5th8th3rd10th2nd9th1st4th
7bTraffic Jambalaya3rd1st2nd
8aHot Race at Chillicothe3rd2nd1st
8bThe Wrong Lumber Race9th3rd6th8th7th4th2nd10th5th1st
9aRhode Island Road Race2nd1st3rd
9bThe Great Cold Rush Race4th5th1st7th3rd2nd6th8th11th
10aWacky Race to Ripsaw3rd2nd1st
10bOils Well That Ends Well10th6th1st4th5th2nd9th7th8th3rd11th
11aWhizzin' to Washington7th5th2nd6th4th3rd1st
11bThe Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby4th3rd5th1st2nd
12aEeny, Miny Missouri Go!5th1st3rd2nd4th
12bThe Super Silly Swamp Sprint5th4th3rd1st6th2nd
13aThe Dopey Dakota Derby9th8th2nd3rd4th6th1st5th7th10th
13bDash to Delaware3rd1st2nd
14aSpeeding for Smogland2nd3rd1st4th
14bRace Rally to Raleigh2nd4th5th1st3rd
15aBallpoint, Penn. or Bust!4th9th10th2nd1st8th3rd7th5th6th
15bFast Track to Hackensack2nd3rd1st
16aThe Ski Resort Road Race8th9th3rd5th7th1st10th6th4th2nd
16bOverseas Hi-Way Race2nd8th6th5th3rd9th4th10th1st7th
17aRace to Racine2nd1st3rd10th4th6th9th7th5th8th
17bThe Carlsbad or Bust Bash3rd6th2nd1st4th5th

Spin-offs and similar series

Penelope Pitstop and the Ant Hill Mob were spun off into another cartoon series in 1969 titled The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. In the same year, Dick Dastardly and Muttley were given a spin-off series titled Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. The series is sometimes mistakenly known as Stop the Pigeon, after the show's working title and theme song. Both series ran for a season each.

In 1977, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was produced. The titular Captain Caveman was modeled after the Slag Brothers.

In 1990, a cartoon segment in Wake, Rattle and Roll named Fender Bender 500 was produced. The show follows the same premise as Wacky Races, taking place on a World Tour instead of in the United States. Only Dick Dastardly was retained from the original cast; all the other racers are from other Hanna-Barbera shows such as "Yogi Bear" and "Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy".

In 2006, the pilot for a spin-off series titled Wacky Races Forever was produced for Cartoon Network. The series depicted a roster of both new and returning racers competing against each other. Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect had married and created Perfect Industries, the corporate sponsor of the new Wacky Races, whereas their children Parker and Piper competed in the race. Other characters included the Slag Brothers, Professor Pat Pending (depicted here with a mad scientist personality), a teenage version of the Gruesome Twosome, and Dick Dastardly and Muttley (working for a new villain named Mr. Viceroy, who sought to steal Perfect Industries). The series was not picked up by Cartoon Network.

In 2016, DC Comics launched a comic series called Wacky Raceland. It was a dark and gritty reimagining of the series set after the Apocalypse in a similar vein to the Mad Max franchise. The comic ran for six issues from May to December 2016.

A reboot—also produced by Hanna-Barbera—was released on Boomerang's SVOD service in 2017. It also aired on the Boomerang channels around the world starting later in the year.

Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Penelope Pitstop and other racers will appear in Jellystone!.


Films

Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe

Dick Dastardly (voiced by Jason Isaacs) and Muttley (voiced by Billy West) made an appearance as the villains in the Scooby-Doo feature film, Scoob!, released on May 15, 2020. Rock and Gravel Slag made cameo appearances during the prehistoric gladiator scene. Various drawings of the Wacky Racers cameo on Dick Dastardly's prison cell on the wall during the credits. Penelope Pitstop was to appear physically as a main character interacting with Scooby and Shaggy according to concept art but she instead makes a brief cameo on a video game cabinet themed around her. A film based on Wacky Races is currently in development by Warner Animation Group, although it's currently unknown if it'll be connected to Scoob!.


Video games

The main plot of Wacky Races, in which characters racing on unusual fictional vehicles and using various over-the-top "weapons" to hinder their opponents, would later go on to inspire the kart racing video game genre in the 1990s,. Wacky Races eventually has its own video game series since 1991, preceding Nintendo's Super Mario Kart, which was considered as the foremost game of this kind. Various video games based on the series have been produced.

  • Wacky Races (1991)
  • Wacky Races (2000)
  • Wacky Races: Starring Dastardly and Muttley
  • Wacky Races: Mad Motors
  • Wacky Races: Crash and Dash

In 1993, Sega released a medal game based on the series, exclusively in Japan. It was a racing game, but the outcome of the race depended entirely on luck. Later in 2007, another game called Wacky Races: Mad Motors for the PlayStation 2 was released by Blast Entertainment on June 12. A new video game for the Wii and Nintendo DS consoles titled Wacky Races: Crash and Dash was released on June 27, 2008. This game was developed by Eidos. In 2009, another arcade game was released by Banpresto, which was a more traditional racing game. It ran on the Taito Type X2, and was released internationally by Gamewax.


Home video

A three-disc DVD release of the complete series was made available in Japan on August 10, 2001, and had both English and Japanese audio. In Great Britain, Warner released a three-disc set with no extra features, which was only available in Virgin Megastores. The complete box set of Wacky Races was released on July 31, 2006, as an HMV exclusive but is essentially the standard Volumes 1–3 with no extras. The Australian release of Volume 1 and 2 was made available in 2005 and Volume 3 released in 2007.

Warner Home Video released the entire series, with commentaries and other extras, in a DVD box set on October 19, 2004.

A two-and-a-half-hour VHS video was made available in 1996.

All 34 episodes can be purchased on the iTunes Store.

DVD nameEpisode #Release dateAdditional information
Wacky Races: The Complete Series34October 19, 2004
  • Commentary on various episodes
  • Rearview Mirror: A Look Back at Wacky Races (retrospective documentary)
  • Spin-Out Spin-Offs (featurette on the spin-off shows Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop)
  • Wacky Facts Trivia Track (pop-up trivia over episodes See-Saw to Arkansas and Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist)

On February 14, 2017, Warner Archive re-released Wacky Races: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection as a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release.


Translated language titles

  • Bosnian: Uvrnute trke (Strange racing)
  • Catalan: Els cotxes esbojarrats (The bumpy cars)
  • Dutch: Hotse-knotse-kneuzen-rally (Wild bumpy loser rally)
  • French: Les Fous du volant (The Fools of the Wheel)
  • Frisian: Hotse-knotse-kneuzen-rally (Rally of hot knees)
  • Galician: Os tolos do volante (The Fools of the Wheel)
  • German: Autorennen Total (Total car race)
  • Hungarian: Flúgos futam (Wacky race)
  • Italian: Le corse pazze (The crazy races) or La corsa più pazza del mondo (The craziest race of the World)
  • Japanese: チキチキマシン猛レース – Chikichikimashin mō rēsu (Chiki Chiki Racing Machines)
  • Polish: Odlotowe wyścigi (Cool races)
  • Portuguese: Portugal: A Mais Louca Corrida do Mundo (The Craziest Race of the World) Brazil: Corrida Maluca (Crazy Race)
  • Portugal: A Mais Louca Corrida do Mundo (The Craziest Race of the World)
  • Brazil: Corrida Maluca (Crazy Race)
  • Romanian: Curse Trăsnite (Wacky Races)
  • Spanish: Los autos locos (The crazy cars)
  • Serbian: Уврнуте трке (Uvrnute trke, Strange racing)
  • Swedish: Fartdårarna (The speed freaks)

The cars and characters in other media

Life-size working replicas of the vehicles have been built in the U.K. (where the show was very popular) and appear annually at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with new additions each year. 2008 saw the last of the cars (the Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb #7) added to the collection, making a complete set.

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed Wacky Races replicas
  • Mean Machine #00
  • Boulder Mobile #1
  • Creepy Coupe #2
  • Convert-a-Car #3
  • Crimson Haybailer #4
  • Compact Pussycat #5
  • Army Surplus Special #6
  • Turbo Terrific #9

The Digimon Frontier episode "Trailmon vs. Trailmon" paid tribute to the show.

In 2006, the car manufacturer Vauxhall launched a television commercial for the British market, parodying Wacky Races with a similar setup featuring Corsa cars. The commercial made several references to the cartoon as well as utilizing the show's theme music and Muttley's iconic snicker.

The English adult comic Viz had a one-off parody strip called "Wacky Racists" with David Irving as Dick Dastardly, Unity Mitford as Penelope Pitstop, Eugène Terre'Blanche as Lazy Luke, Oswald Mosley as Muttley, and comedian Bernard Manning in the "Fatcuntmobile".

In 2013, the car manufacturer Peugeot launched a TV commercial for the Brazilian market (and later used in Spain and Turkey), featuring the cartoon characters in a real-life universe.

Wacky Races was also seen in the South Park episode "Handicar".

Dick Dastardly and Muttley made a cameo in the Uncle Grandpa episode "Uncle Grandpa Retires".

The Buzz Wagon appeared in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus".

Dick Dastardly, Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop appear in Space Jam: A New Legacy as part of the spectators of the big game, and Penelope is the Compact Pussycat the whole time. Muttley also appears in his Scoob! form.