The Blue Racer

The Blue Racer is a series of 17 theatrical cartoons produced from 1972 to 1974.

The Blue Racer
The Blue Racer and a Japanese beetle appeared in Blue Racer Blues.
First appearanceA Snake in the Gracias (1971) (Tijuana Toads cartoon)
Portrayed byLarry D. Mann
Bob Holt


The cartoons are directed by Art Davis, Gerry Chiniquy, Sid Marcus, Robert McKimson, David Deneen, Bob Balser, Cullen Houghtaling and produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng. The majority of the cartoons were animated at the DePatie-Freleng studio, except for two done overseas: Aches and Snakes at Australia's Filmgraphics studio, and Little Boa Peep at Spain's Pegbar Productions.


A fast-moving blue snake named the Blue Racer (voiced by Larry D. Mann) tries unsuccessfully to catch a stereotypically-Japanese beetle (voiced by Tom Holland), who is a black belt in karate. Both characters spun off from Tijuana Toads in "Hop and Chop" (the Japanese beetle) and "Snake in the Gracias" (the Blue Racer). The goofy bird from the Tijuana Toads (Crazylegs Crane, who also repeatedly failed to collar the Racer and the Toads himself) also later appeared in the series as well. 17 cartoons were produced.[1]


  • Bob Holt voiced both the Blue Racer and the Japanese Beetle in the 1972 short Support Your Local Serpent.
  • The Japanese Beetle's last appearance was in the 1972 short Blue Racer Blues.


All cartoons written by John W. Dunn.

No. Title Directed by: Released: Synopsis:
1"Hiss and Hers"Gerry Chiniquy1972-Jul-03
2"Support Your Local Serpent"Art Davis1972-Jul-09
3"Nippon Tuck"Gerry Chiniquy1972-Jul-16
4"Punch and Judo"Art Davis1972-Jul-23
5"Love and Hisses"Gerry Chiniquy1972-Aug-03
6"Camera Bug"Art Davis1972-Aug-06
7"Yokahama Mama"Gerry Chiniquy1972-Dec-24 (Christmas Eve)
8"Blue Racer Blues"Art Davis1972-Dec-31 (New Year's Eve)
9"The Boa Friend"Gerry Chiniquy1973-Feb-11
10"Wham and Eggs"Art Davis1973-Feb-18
11"Killarney Blarney"Gerry Chiniquy1973-May-16
12"Blue Aces Wild"Gerry Chiniquy1973-May-16
13"Fowl Play"Bob McKimson1973-Jun-01
14"Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow"Sid Marcus1973-Jun-01
15"Snake Preview"Cullen Houghtaling1973-Aug-10
16"Aches and Snakes"David Deneen1973-Aug-10
17"Little Boa Peep"Bob Balsar1974-Jan-16

Other appearances

The Blue Racer (or a snake looking just like him) appeared in the 1978 Pink Panther cartoon "Pinktails for Two" where he mistook the Panther's pink tail for a lady snake. In this film, the Blue Racer did not speak or move with super speed.

Home Video Release

All 17 shorts were available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 30, 2017 from Kino Lorber (through their deal with MGM Home Entertainment). Extras were included audio commentaries and 2 featurettes.[2]


  1. Beck, Jerry (2006). Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town. New York, New York: Dorling Kindersley, Ltd. ISBN 0-7566-1033-8.
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