This new ad for the Peugeot 208 by Young & Rubicam Brasil is pretty amazing for any old bastards like myself who remember watching the Wacky Races (in reruns — I'm not that old) as a kid. They did a pretty amazing job of bringing the absurd cartoon cars to (presumably) CG-life, and for making me realize how terrifying they would be.

I don't remember ever giving the crashes and violence and explosions of the cartoon a second thought, but seeing them realized with modern CG realism is hilariously disturbing. As are the strange cavemen in their boulder-car, or that big goon from the Addams-family knockoff-mobile.

Still, that live-action Penelope Pitstop lives up to my boyhood imagination pretty well.

Here's an animated lineup of the cars for your comparing fun, as well as a nicely comprehensive site with a bunch of animated GIFs of the cars.

And, what the hell, here's some of those GIFs:

Peugeot Ad Brings Wacky Racers To Terrifying Life

Peugeot Ad Brings Wacky Racers To Terrifying Life

Peugeot Ad Brings Wacky Racers To Terrifying Life

Peugeot Ad Brings Wacky Racers To Terrifying Life