Sneak Peek of All-New Speed Racer Animated Webtoons, Video Game, Soundtrack, Toy Line at Comic-Con


New York, NY (July 18, 2006) – The buzz is true – Speed Racer is back for Round 2! With 2006 being the 40th Anniversary of Speed Racer, the rumor mill is muttering about a live action movie from the Wachowski brothers. But while Speed Racer fans await the good news, they can get their fix at San Diego's Comic-Con, July 19th – 23rd, where Art Asylum will be premiering episodes of the new animated promos, as well as the video game, upcoming Speed Racer soundtrack, and toy line exclusively at Booth # 3913. Each day of the show fans can come by and watch the individual episodes while they meet the team from Heroes Garage and check out their amazing creation – the real life Mach 5, which will be at the booth all week.

Art Asylum will kick-off the Speed Racer madness on Wednesday night with the debut of the behind-the-scenes trailer, followed by screenings of the first episode on Thursday night, the second episode Friday night, and the 3rd episode on Saturday. This all-new online animation comes from the creative talent behind The Venture Brothers, led by ANImagic's Jeff Nodelman.

Art Asylum will also give fans the first taste of the all new multi-level 3D online video game where you can 'pimp your ride' before taking on the adventure, preview the new toy line, and let them sample the new Speed Racer soundtrack which will come out at the end of 2006.

With the help of ANImagic, Heavenspot, and producer/writer “Tramp” of Supreme Team Productions, Speed Racer fans will be treated to this exciting new adventure that will be launched July 19th on the new website,, to help kick off the 40th anniversary celebration. The site also contains behind the scene trailers, downloadable music, and the free 3D, multi-level online video game where high score winners will be eligible for prize packages, direct from Art Asylum.

Later this summer, the folks at Art Asylum (, in conjunction with Speed Racer Enterprises, are bringing out a new toy line packaged with the all-new, original animated promotional shorts that will be comprised of new story lines and characters for this cutting-edge, yet classic property.

“We're going all out for the 40th Anniversary of Speed Racer,” said Art Asylum's Adam Unger. The New York-based toy manufacturer has created the unique product line based on of the classic Speed Racer animated television property. “The new Speed Racer animated promos really brings Speed Racer into the 21st century, while paying homage to the Classic Speed Racer,” said Unger. “The animation team at ANImagic and the video game designers at Heavenspot have helped Art Asylum to create Speed Racer for a whole new generation,” he continued. The 40th Anniversary line will include toys, collectibles, and music.

About Art Asylum

Manhattan, New York based Art Asylum was founded 1996 as a creative, design studio providing premier work service to the toy industry. In 2001, the company partnered with the founders of Play Along Toys, Inc., to launch a successful boy's action toy company that created products for major brands like Star Trek, Tony Hawk, Bruce Lee, Kiss and built the MiniMates toy brand that continues on to this day. In 2005, after Play Along's successful sale to Jakks Pacific (JAKK) the company continued it's progress and has moved on as a fully integrated toy manufacture. In 2006, Art Asylum will be launching with several new licenses including Speed Racer, Madballs , Battlestar Galactica, and Clive Barker's Jump Tribe. The ever-expanding toy brand, “MiniMates” are currently in development for Marvel Universe, The DC Universe and the Kellogg's world of characters. Visit for more information.
About ANImagic

Creative Group's ANImagic is a full service animation production house specializing in animation for commercial, television and film. Located in New York City and part of the Creative Group, ANImagic hails a facility that is the largest on the east coast with abilities to produce animation in multiple forms; traditional 2D, Flash, 3D, and stop motion. With the ability to go from concept through completion all under one banner utilizing the industries top creative talent paired with unrivaled tool sets and equipment, ANImagic proudly serves clientele that includes Walt Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and PBS.

About Tramp
Joseph “Tramp” Daly is a pioneer in hip-hop culture integration and the mind behind Supreme Team Productions, a boutique production company dedicated to revolutionizing the entertainment industry though urban film, TV and animation, and the force behind “Station Zero,” an animated Hip-Hop sitcom formerly on MTV. Tramp also helped create, write & produce Def Jam: Vendetta, a video game collaboration between top hip-hop and video game leaders, Def Jam Recordings and Electronic Arts.
About Heavenspot

Heavenspot is an award winning new media design agency specializing in multi-platform branding solutions. A leader in creativity and technology, the 5-year-old company has developed a roster of top clients, such as New Line Cinema, Hasbro Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Motorola, ABC Family, American Greetings, Art Asylum, Amp'd Mobile, 3G Upload and more.
About Speed Racer Enterprises
Based in Santa Monica, California, Speed Racer Enterprises was formed in 1991 and owns the worldwide rights to the Classic Speed Racer animated television property. The company also manages all television distribution, merchandising, licensing and promotional activities for the property. For more information visit

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