Parents' Guide to

Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated series is an ad for Hot Wheels cars.

Movie NR 2005 60 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

I loved the series growing up

The best part about this show is that it isn't just for kids, adults can enjoy it too. It has a really good storyline, it's funny and I'd definitely watch it again as an adult. There is the death of some characters mentioned in the series but it's not too extreme.
age 8+

An Actual Honest Review

All the negative reviews on this series here are rubbish. From the outside, this just seems like a long series of advertisements for toy cars. But it is far, far from that. Hot Wheels AcceleRacers was ahead of its time. Now, the animation had aged a bit and it is clearly visible. Some textures and animations seem unpolished or even unfinished. But that can be easily overlooked when you notice just how good these films are. The characters are all diverse, fleshed out, and likable in their own ways. Like with Highway 35, there is a large cast of characters and the series has a large scale to it. The voice acting is well done and professional, and the soundtrack is fantastic, with tracks ranging from rock, techno, rap, and even ambient. The settings of series are very unique and mysterious, especially the Racing Realms that the characters race in. But the greatest aspect of these films is the plot. I won't say any spoilers but the story is well-written and very developed. It is consistent from Highway 35, and actually handles a lot of dark and mature themes that will make kids and other viewers really think. Some parts are scary, the drivers are in danger a lot, and the antagonists, the Racing Drones, are incredibly intimidating and frightening. But that just makes it all much more thrilling. The plot has a lot of twists that most will not see coming. Overall, kids will love this series and it can be enjoyed by older audiences as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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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