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Eichler house in Speed Racer

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Just for fun, if you want to see a brief glimpse of Eichlers in CGI form in a new movie, go see Speed Racer.

I grew up in the 60's so Speed Racer looked to be a fun movie. Without getting into too much, there's a brief scene early in the movie where you see Rex and Speed Racer riding in the Mach 5 in a suburban neighborhood. The design of the film is very retro modern in some sequences. So the houses seen are a mixture of midcentury modern with one definite Eichler facade. It was fun to see.

Or you can see the first 7 minutes of the film on-line. I scanned through the rules and didn't see anything about not posting links. Here's a link to the site: http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/speedracer.html?showVideo=1

If you use the link, you can pause and see. The scene occurs early, right after Rex picks up Speed from school.

The home of the Racer family is also a cool mix of retro modern. The film is worth a look just for the production design!

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cool. the scene starts at the 3:06 mark and continues as they drive through a virtual MCM neighborhood... nice find.

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Joined: Nov 4 2003

Hey! Glad you liked it. It was fun to see.

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Joined: Aug 4 2007

Hi all,

Some homes in the Fairmeadow Eichler tract in Orange were filmed for the movie.

-- Adrian

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Joined: Aug 30 2003

Nelson wrote:
there's a brief scene early in the movie where you see Rex and Speed Racer riding in the Mach 5 in a suburban neighborhood. The design of the film is very retro modern in some sequences. So the houses seen are a mixture of midcentury modern with one definite Eichler facade.

Thanks for posting that link. I just took a look and it's obvious that Eichler designs were used for most of the homes in the neighborhood shown in that scene. Some of the houses were modified for the film but they are clearly Eichlers. And the model shown with the A-frame roof is definitely one found in the Orange Fairhaven neighborhood. There's even one of those models (but only one) in my neighborhood, The Highlands in San Mateo.

Great sequence, always nice to see mid-century style in a film. Reminds me of "The Incredibles" house which was very mid-century.

Barry

1959 A. Quincy Jones atrium model in The Highlands, San Mateo http://www.totheweb.com/eichler

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