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Hot Wheels was a thirty-minute Saturday morning animated TV series broadcast on ABC for two seasons, from September 13, 1969 to September 4, 1971. 32 episodes were produced.
The show featured Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler (voiced by Bob Arbogast), the leader of the "Hot Wheels Racing Club" at Metro City High School. In each episode, the Hot Wheels club would race against "Dexter's Demons", a rival club run by the reckless Dexter Carter.
By 1971, the Federal Communications Commission became concerned that the cartoon was using public broadcast time for advertising messages, and ruled that the opening and any references to the phrase "Hot Wheels" be counted as commercial time. This led ABC to cancel the program.
Albert Brooks, who performed the voices of Mickey Barnes and Kip Chogi, went on to become a well-known writer, director and actor. Brooks wrote and directed Modern Romance, Lost in America and Defending Your Life, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1987 film Broadcast News. Hot Wheels was his first credited acting role.
Casey Kasem, who played Dexter Carter and Tank Mallory, has hosted a series of "American Top 40" radio shows since 1970, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. He is also well-known for playing Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons.
- Bob Arbogast: Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler, Doc Warren
- Albert Brooks: Mickey Barnes, Kip Chogi
- Casey Kasem: Dexter Carter, Tank Mallory
- Nora Marlowe: Mother O'Hare
- Susan Davis: Ardeth Pratt
- Michael Rye: Mike Wheeler
- Melinda Casy: Janet Martin
- Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 (Another Hot Wheels brand television show)