Watching animated shows is part of every child’s routine every Saturday morning. And more often than not, they sit there raptly, amused by all the talking animated characters and envious of their fancy cars! Some of these hot rides have insane designs, equipped with oversized mufflers, and lined with the craziest combination of colors. Listed down are five of these set of wheels that made everybody’s (as well as your own) childhood worthwhile.
On top of the list of the most iconic cars in cartoon history is the Batmobile. Admit it! At one point or another, you shouted “To the Batmobile!” as your parents dragged you off somewhere, be it the dentist’s office or the park. The design may have changed over the years and over different cartoons and movies but you just have to agree that the best one of the lot was the Batmobile from the Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series. Its sleek, gothic design screamed power and darkness, and it was outfitted with tons of gadgets perfect for Batman’s needs like guns, radars and gas bombs.
It’s big, it’s green and it’s coming out to get you! Nope, we’re not talking about some monster; we’re talking about the vehicle used to capture monsters (well, sort of): the Mystery Machine! No Scooby Doo episode would be complete without this orange, green and blue van. The back of the vehicle contained equipments to help out the Mystery Incorporated Gang, including ropes, a ladder, and high-tech gadgets.
“Yabba dabba doo!” yells Fred Flintstone as he heads off to work. Only in the modern stoneage (if such a term exists) town of Bedrock can you see a bird and turtle being used as a gramophone set, a mammoth as a sprinkler, and a dinosaur as a pet. With all these creatures, you would think their cars would have some sort of animal as its machine. Nope! In the town of Bedrock, you have floorless, machine less cars run by your . . . what else? Feet! Their car wheels are made from huge cylinders of stone, a frame of wood, and a roof of animal hide.
If you’ve ever seen Wacky Races, then you’re probably like most kids, watching the toon for only two main reasons. First was to admire the gorgeous Penelope Pitstop and second was to laugh at the failed attempts of Dick Dastardly and Muttley to win. The antagonist’s car was loaded with equipment that not just boosts speed but also helps the duo cheat! Of course, their plans always ultimately backfired, and you would hear Mr Dastardly shouting at Muttley to “Do Something!”
“Go speed racer, go!” chanted the child watching the white car speed through the tracks. The Mach 5 was driven by Mifune Go or more commonly known as Speed Racer in the English dubbing of the original 1967 cartoon. It was designed and built by Speed Racer’s father, Pops Racer (Daisuke Mifune). On the steering wheel you can see seven buttons, each with a different function to help Speed in times of need. For example, pressing Button C allows rotary saws to stick out of the Mach 5’s front to slice and remove any obstructions in its way.
If you really miss these cartoons, head over to YouTube and watch an episode or two. Reminisce of the ol’ days when the first thing you do on a sleepy Saturday morning is turn on your TV and watch some toons, sometimes with a bowl of cereal and a mug of hot cocoa!