Before They Were Stars: Albert Brooks Does a Voice on “Hot Wheels”

In 1969, Albert Brooks got one of his earliest jobs in show business when he was hired to do the voice of Kip Chogi (the brown-haired guy in the striped shirt) in the Saturday morning cartoon series, Hot Wheels, which of course, was based on the popular Mattel toy line (and provided a strange foreshadowing to Brooks’ role in Drive over 40 years later). Believe it or not, after receiving numerous complaints from Mattel’s competitors, the Federal Communications Commission actually stepped in and banned Hot Wheels from the air, claiming that it functioned as a half-hour toy commercial rather than an actual television show. And thankfully, this would be the last time a half-hour toy commercial disguised as a Saturday morning cartoon show ever hit the airwaves… right?

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