Go, Speed Racer: A fully composited single image from the Speed Racer movie. More than 500 effects artists worked on the film. Warner Bros.
Filming conventional high-speed action fare is hard enough, but to bring the classic cartoon Speed Racer
to life, the Wachowski brothers had to contend with 300mph racecars sporting fanciful features like robotic reconnaissance pigeons and wheels that can rotate 180 degrees. With 2,300 visual-effects (VFX) shots—twice as many as last year’s eye-popping 300—it heralds the future of summer-blockbuster fare: The entire movie, aside from the human actors, exists only in a computer.