A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Two opposing driving teams are extremely competitive and mouthy toward each other, but work together -- to a small degree -- to achieve a common good. Most characters seem ready to get into physical confrontations at the slightest provocation. Glorification of street racing culture.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of loud and colorful car crashes and explosions that result in little permanent damage (though an opening scene clearly pictures an animated character struggling to escape a damaged car.) Some fist fighting.
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Products & Purchases
Hot Wheels-loving youngsters will find brand identity reinforced through the AcceleRacers action.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the stars of these DVDs are really the cars and the tracks they drive on. The plot has a lot of complicated details, but breaks down to "robots bad, people good" and goes from there. Two rival driving gangs get into frequent verbal, physical, and behind-the-wheel confrontations, but work together nominally to address a bigger threat. The only two female characters play secondary roles. Lots of bang-up action, not much educational value. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For little boys who love to build car race tracks and zoom their toy cars into crashes along the back of the couch, this DVD will be right up their alley. Lots of revving, engine tinkering, and spectacular crashes and monsters fill each episode. If the specifics of the Wheel of Power transfer of ownership evade them, it probably doesn't matter, as a Teku-Metal Maniac conflict is bound to pop up and keep the action moving along, and there's always another race track that needs to be sped down.
For parents of those kids, though, it's worth noting that the animated AcceleRacers are gang members prone to verbal and physical fights, and that car crashes appear to be something that everyone walks away from (just madder than before.) Loud techno music takes precedence over dialogue, and while loyalty is displayed toward fellow racers, it's the kind of blind loyalty that leads to fights.
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