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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too cartoonish and one-dimensional to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent high-speed car chases. Images of scary-looking snakes and piranhas.
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Cars that don't require driving by humans are powered by what's called "Driverless Onboard Remote Controllers," or "DORCS." There are many attempts at humor involving this acronym, including a woman who announces, "I can't seem to control my DORC." Jokes involving dog flatulence. Use of the word "butts."
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Products & Purchases
This movie is coproduced by Mattel, which also markets and manufactures Hot Wheels products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Wheels: The Skills to Thrill is a 2015 short feature that is one long commercial for Hot Wheels cars and the tracks they ride on. Cars that don't require human drivers are powered by "Driverless Onboard Remote Controllers," or "DORCs." This joke is repeated in endless variations, including a woman who exclaims, "I can't seem to control my DORC." There also are jokes involving dog flatulence and nose picking, as well as use of the word "butts." Driverless cars aren't seen as something that would cut down on accidents and fatalities but instead are presented as a problem because now people can't drive fast. There are image of scary-looking snakes and piranhas. The puerile jokes and action are clearly targeted at younger viewers in the hopes of getting kids to nag their parents into buying Hot Wheels products. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
HOT WHEELS: THE SKILLS TO THRILL only exists to get young kids to nag their parents into buying Hot Wheels cars and the tracks they ride on. The fast-driving, goofy action and puerile humor all serve this end. This goal also explains the satirical hostility to a future of cars that drive themselves. Sure, there would be far fewer fatalities and instances of fender benders, drunk driving, and road rage, but what happens to Hot Wheels products when kids see cars as passive modes of transportation rather than sports cars driven by humans at high speeds?
There really isn't anything of substance to this 45-minute animated feature. For parents savvy to the ways in which products are marketed to kids, watching this will prove an excruciating -- and perhaps depressing -- experience.
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