Monday, July 19, 2010

Peter Fernandez Passes Away

We were very sorry to learn that Peter Fernandez -- loved by a generation of children as the mind, heart and voice behind the English language incarnation of the classic anime series Speed Racer -- passed away last week at the age of 83.

Fernandez's resume reads like an encyclopedia of essential pop culture, having directed, written, worked on or performed in iconic TV shows and films like Astro Boy, Gigantor, Star Blazers, Lupin III, Ultraman, and some of the Godzilla films among many others... though the project with which he is usually most closely associated will probably always be Speed Racer. Not only was he the voice of Speed, Racer X, Spritle Racer and many other characters on the show, Fernandez also wrote the scripts, directed the voice cast, and even wrote the lyrics to that instantly recognizable theme song!

You can read more about the remarkable life and career of Peter Fernandez at Anime News Network and Right Stuf.

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