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Penelope Pitstop

Penelope Pitstop
Wacky Races character
Created by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Portrayed by Janet Waldo
Species Human
Gender Female

Penelope Pitstop is a fictional character who appeared in the Hanna-Barbera animated series Wacky Races, and starred in the spin-off The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, voiced by Janet Waldo.


  • Background 1
    • Compact Pussycat 1.1
  • Appearances in other productions 2
  • Penelope Pitstop in popular culture 3
  • Penelope Pitstop in other languages 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In Wacky Races, Penelope Pitstop drives the Compact Pussycat, a pink, stereotypically feminine car. Consistent with this theme, she also wears a bright pink racing uniform with white gloves, maroon tights, and white go-go boots. She is called by the race announcer as the "Glamour Gal of the Gas Pedal". As Wacky Races is inspired by The Great Race, Penelope is inspired by the Maggie DuBois character (played by Natalie Wood in the film).

According to Iwao Takamoto, Penelope was an afterthought in the development of Wacky Races. Joseph Barbera requested that a woman be added among the racers, so Takamoto and Jerry Eisenberg designed Penelope and her car in about two hours.[1]

The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, a spinoff from Wacky Races which features Penelope as the lead character, is set in the 1920s. Penelope is a traditional "damsel in distress" stock character as in the old serial The Perils of Pauline. Her catchphrase is "Help, help!" (spoken in an affected non-rhotic upper-class U.S. South accent, and pronounced "HAY-ULP"). She displays a curious combination of ingenuity and helplessness. She often figures out clever ways to get out of perils and is very athletic; if any sport happens to be mentioned, it is revealed that she was the women's champion in said sport in college. Nonetheless, when her nemesis The Hooded Claw, voiced by Paul Lynde (who, unknown to her, is her guardian Sylvester Sneekly) grabs her, she is somehow incapable of doing anything other than yelling for help. She will occasionally flee from his clutches, running in an unusual goose-stepping stride. Also in the background helping her out of her perils are the minuscule Ant Hill Mob and trusty old classic car Chuggaboom (which is actually based on another team from Wacky Races).

Compact Pussycat

In the series, Penelope's car is called the Compact Pussycat. Bearing a numeral 5 on the sides, it is a pink racecar, with front bumpers that look like a pair of red lips with lipstick on them. It has an umbrella on the top and is equipped with an assortment of beauty supplies, making it essentially a beauty parlor on wheels.

Appearances in other productions

  • Janet Waldo reprised her role in the Wacky Races video game.
  • Penelope (in her Wacky Races version) had a cameo appearance in another Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, in the episode Snow White and the Seven Treasure Hunters, acting as Snow White and in the episode Goodbye Mr Chump.
  • Penelope has appeared in the web-based Shockwave cartoon Penelope Pitstop GT, though this variation of the character is far more capable of protecting herself.
  • Penelope Pitstop, in the Compact Pussycat, is the user in a racing game in the episode, "Firewall", in the CGI cartoon, ReBoot. The user's line was Penelope's famous, "Help! Help!".
  • Penelope made a cameo in a MetLife commercial in 2012.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, there were 2 girls that cosplay as Penelope Pitstop in a Hanna-Barbera convention.

Penelope Pitstop in popular culture

  • The character is mentioned in the Type O Negative song How Could She?.
  • Penelope rides again in the Dead Ringers Parody of Wacky Races.
  • The character is mentioned in the Jurassic 5 song The Influence.
  • Penelope's nemesis - the Hooded Claw - is mentioned in the song The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
  • A range of Penelope Pitstop graphic shirts have been released in Singapore under Zara Kids.
  • Big Daddy Kane mentions her name in his 1993 song Niggaz Never Learn.
  • "Penelope Pitstop" is the name of a Breakbot song.
  • Penelope Pitstop is parodied in the South Park episode Handicar as part of its Wacky Races parody.

Penelope Pitstop in other languages

  • Portuguese: Penélope Pitstop in Portugal, Penélope Charmosa in Brazil
  • French: Pénélope Jolicœur
  • Polish: Penelopa Samwdzięk
  • Spanish: Penélope Glamour
  • Chinese: 小晶晶
  • Dutch: "penelope pitspoes"

See also


  1. ^ Takamoto, Iwao (2004). Wacky Races (DVD). (Interview). Los Angeles: Warner Home Video. 
  1. ^ Iwao Takamoto (interviewee) (2004). Wacky Races (DVD). Los Angeles: Warner Home Video. 

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