Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers Movie Poster Image
Animated series is an ad for Hot Wheels cars.
  • NR
  • 2005
  • 60 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

Hot Wheels-loving youngsters will find brand identity reinforced through the AcceleRacers action.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymichael14375 May 18, 2020

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 definit... Continue reading
Adult Written byArdent P. May 2, 2018

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, fa... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byepicfiredragon0 May 18, 2020

I watched this show all the time

this movie franchise teaches young drivers how to drive in extreme situations like water on a highway (water realm) or to focus on the road and not anything els... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bywmeredith October 23, 2017

I don't know what it is about these reviews, but they suck.

First of all, this series was, and still is, great. I remember watching these all the time when I was younger. Great characters, plot that isn't really tha... Continue reading

What's the story?

HOT WHEELS: ACCELERACERS is an animated series comprising five DVDs that together tell the story of how two driving gangs, the Metal Maniacs and the Teku, help mysterious Dr. Tezla (voiced by Michael Donovan) battle the Racing Drones for supremacy, and the coveted Wheel of Power. The action mostly takes place in a series of Racing Realms, in which the rival gangs must outrace and evade the Racing Drones to win Accelechargers, which provide the winning team's cars with special powers. With the Racing Drones' actions being directed by evil Gelorum (Kathleen Barr), the Maniacs and Teku have to work together to succeed.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss why the Metal Maniacs and the Teku don't work better together. What is the thing they have in common, and why do they spend so much time worrying about their differences?  

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