Speed Racer: The Great Plan
A couple of months ago, my 7 year old son’s school had a library book sale. We picked up a copy of “Speed Racer: The Great Plan” for my 4 year old. It wasn’t a book he could read, but it had pictures on practically every page. Perfect.
Go Speed Racer, Go!
I remember the theme song from Speed Racer as a kid, but I don’t remember any of the storylines very well. I think it’s because it was playing right before school in the morning, so I probably only saw the first part of each episode. I think it was showing on KBHK 44 (remember how awesome that station when it was independent?). It’s funny how the UHF frequencies are now being used for digital TV.
When I was a kid, I related to Speed’s character the most (obviously). Now, I relate more to Speed’s father, “Pops” (especially since my 4 year old identifies with Speed).
The Great Plan
This is a fun episode because it tells the story of how the Mach 5’s engine came to be. It also captures the feeling that every entrepreneur has when they work for another company and realize that it’s time to move on.
There’s a scene where Pops (the entrepreneur) is pitching his idea for a radically advanced engine (the invention). The management team (the status quo) says “No thank you” in that rude cartoon way (think scoffing, yelling, and finger-pointing), and Pops quits because he knows his invention is revolutionary and can change the world.
Still have 46 pages to go
It was interesting to see some echoes in the story of my company and my invention. We’re not done yet, but we’re more than half way there. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I know it will have a happy ending. “Speed” agrees. 🙂