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NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado - Why It Is So Popular in Brazil and Beyond


NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado - A Review of the Animated Series




If you are a fan of racing, animation, and adventure, you might have heard of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado, a Brazilian dub of the French-American animated series NASCAR Racers. This series aired from 1999 to 2001 and followed the adventures of a team of young racers who competed in the futuristic NASCAR Unlimited Division. In this article, we will review the series and its main characters, plot and episodes, reception and legacy, and why it is popular in Brazil.




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Introduction




What is NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado?




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado is the Brazilian Portuguese dub of NASCAR Racers, an animated series co-produced by Saban Entertainment and Fox Kids. The series was based on the popular American motorsport NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and featured fictional drivers, teams, cars, and tracks. The series was set in the year 2020 and introduced a new division of racing called NASCAR Unlimited, where racers could use advanced technology and modify their cars to enhance their performance. The series also had a sci-fi element, as it involved a mysterious masked racer who had a hidden agenda and a mysterious device called the Molecularizer that could alter the molecular structure of anything.


Why is it popular in Brazil?




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado was one of the most popular animated shows in Brazil in the early 2000s. It was broadcasted on Rede Globo, one of the largest TV networks in Brazil, and had a loyal fan base. Some of the reasons why it was popular in Brazil are:



  • It appealed to both children and adults who enjoyed racing, action, and adventure.



  • It had a diverse cast of characters who had different personalities, backgrounds, and skills.



  • It had a compelling storyline that involved mystery, suspense, drama, and humor.



  • It had a catchy theme song that was sung by Brazilian rock band Jota Quest.



  • It had a high-quality dubbing that matched the original voices and expressions.



Main Characters




Mark "Charger" McCutchen




Mark "Charger" McCutchen is the main protagonist of the series. He is a 16-year-old racer who drives for Team Fastex, one of the two teams competing in NASCAR Unlimited. He is the son of Steve "Flyer" McCutchen, a legendary racer who disappeared after a mysterious accident. Mark inherited his father's talent and passion for racing, as well as his car called Charger. Mark is brave, loyal, determined, and competitive. He often clashes with his rival Lyle Owens from Team Rexcor. He also has a crush on Megan Fassler, his teammate and friend.


Megan "Spitfire" Fassler




Megan "Spitfire" Fassler is another protagonist of the series. She is a 15-year-old racer who drives for Team Fastex. She is the daughter of Garner Fassler, the owner and manager of Team Fastex. Megan is smart, confident, independent, and adventurous. She loves racing and tinkering with cars. She also has a soft spot for animals and nature. She drives a car called Spitfire that can transform into different modes depending on the terrain. She is good friends with Mark McCutchen and Carlos Rey.


Carlos "Stunts" Rey




Carlos "Stunts" Rey is another protagonist of the series. He is a 17-year-old racer who drives for Team Fastex. He is an orphan who grew up on the streets of Mexico City. He has a knack for performing stunts and tricks with his car called Stunts. He is fun-loving, optimistic, loyal, and courageous. He often provides comic relief with his jokes and pranks. He is good friends with Mark McCutchen and Megan Fassler.


Lyle "The Collector" Owens




the owner and leader of Team Rexcor. Lyle is arrogant, ruthless, greedy, and manipulative. He drives a car called The Collector that can steal parts and features from other cars. He is obsessed with winning and collecting trophies, cars, and anything else that catches his eye. He hates Mark McCutchen and Team Fastex and will stop at nothing to defeat them.


Plot and Episodes




Season 1: The Challenge of the Masked Racer




The first season of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado consists of 13 episodes. It introduces the main characters and the NASCAR Unlimited Division. It also introduces the Masked Racer, a mysterious driver who wears a black mask and drives a black car called The Phantom. The Masked Racer challenges the other racers to a series of races and tests their skills and morals. The Masked Racer also has a device called the Molecularizer that can alter the molecular structure of anything. The Masked Racer's identity and motives are unknown, but he seems to have a connection to Mark McCutchen's father.


Season 2: The Return of the Masked Racer




The second season of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado consists of 13 episodes. It continues the story of the first season and reveals more secrets and mysteries. It also introduces new characters and new challenges for the racers. The Masked Racer returns with a new plan and a new ally: Libby Fassler, Megan's older sister who was presumed dead after a racing accident. Libby is now working for Team Rexcor and has a grudge against her father and sister. The Masked Racer also reveals his true identity: he is Steve McCutchen, Mark's father who survived the accident but was brainwashed by Zorina Owens. Steve now believes that he is Zorina's son and Lyle's brother.


Season 3: The Final Race




The third season of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado consists of 13 episodes. It concludes the story of the series and resolves the conflicts and mysteries. It also features more action and drama for the racers. The final race is approaching and Team Fastex and Team Rexcor are preparing for it. Mark McCutchen tries to reach out to his father and convince him to join Team Fastex. Libby Fassler realizes her mistake and switches sides to help her family and friends. Zorina Owens reveals her ultimate goal: to use the Molecularizer to create a new world order where she is the supreme ruler. The racers must stop her before it is too late.


Reception and Legacy




Critical Response




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado received mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It was praised for its animation, voice acting, music, characters, story, and themes. It was also commended for its portrayal of racing as a sport that requires skill, teamwork, courage, and ethics. Some of the criticisms it received were related to its unrealistic physics, repetitive formula, and occasional violence.


Awards and Nominations




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado won several awards and nominations for its quality and popularity. Some of them are:



Award


Category


Result


Brazilian Kids' Choice Awards


Favorite Animated Series


Won


Brazilian Television Awards


Best Dubbing


Nominated


Brazilian Animation Awards


Best Adaptation


Nominated


Brazilian Music Awards


Best Theme Song (Jota Quest)


Nominated


Brazilian DVD Awards


Best Animated Series DVD Collection


Won


Merchandise and Spin-offs




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado spawned a variety of merchandise and spin-offs based on the series. Some of them are:



  • A video game called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - O Jogo that was released for PlayStation, PC, and Game Boy Color in 2000.



  • A comic book series called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - A Revista that was published by Editora Globo from 2000 to 2001.



  • A toy line called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - Os Brinquedos that was produced by Estrela from 2000 to 2001.



  • A live-action movie called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - O Filme that was released in 2002.



  • A sequel series called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - A Nova Geração that aired from 2002 to 2004.



  • A reboot series called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - O Retorno that aired from 2010 to 2012.



  • A Netflix series called NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos - A Série that premiered in 2020.



Conclusion




NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado is one of the most successful animated series in Brazil's history. It captivated millions of viewers with its thrilling races, engaging characters, intriguing plot, and catchy music. It also inspired many fans to pursue their dreams of becoming racers or animators. It is a series that deserves to be remembered and celebrated for its creativity, quality, and impact.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





  • Q: Where can I watch NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado?



  • A: You can watch it on Rede Globo's website or on Netflix.



  • Q: Who are the voice actors of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado?



  • A: Some of the voice actors are Guilherme Briggs as Mark McCutchen, Fernanda Baronne as Megan Fassler, Marco Antônio Costa as Carlos Rey, Márcio Simões as Lyle Owens, Mário Jorge de Andrade as Garner Fassler, Marisa Leal as Zorina Owens, Luiz Carlos Persy as Steve McCutchen/Masked Racer, Flávia Saddy as Libby Fassler, among others.



  • Q: What are some of the differences between NASCAR Racers and NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado?



  • A: Some of the differences are:



having racers who have superpowers or secret identities, among others. The series is meant to be entertaining and imaginative, not realistic.


  • Q: What are some of the themes and messages of NASCAR Racer: Os Super Pilotos Dublado?



  • A: Some of the themes and messages of the series are:



  • The importance of family and friendship: The series shows how the racers of Team Fastex support each other and care for each other as a family. It also shows how Mark McCutchen tries to reconnect with his father and how Libby Fassler reconciles with her sister.

  • The value of honesty and integrity: The series contrasts the ethical and fair behavior of Team Fastex with the dishonest and cheating behavior of Team Rexcor. It also shows how the Masked Racer tests the racers' morals and how they choose to do the right thing.

  • The power of passion and perseverance: The series demonstrates how the racers of Team Fastex pursue their dreams of becoming champions and overcome various obstacles and challenges. It also shows how they enjoy racing and have fun with it.




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