Parents' Guide to

Wacky Races (2017)

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Silly humor, colorful characters keep reboot on track.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+


Well I am 19 years old, and back I was a toddler I'd catch the original series all the time either rooting for Dasterdly or The Ant Hill Mob. It was covered in different stereotypes at the time, but it was good none-the-less. I was working on my laptop this morning and decided to turn the tv on for some boomarang since I saw nostagic shows on boomerang and it the reboot started to play, I saw familiar faces and realized it was wackey races. I watched three episodes so far and it deals with some common modern day issues about censorship and how it affects kids. I think parents should allow their kids to watch this as I'm sure some of it would go over their heads except for the adults who are watching. (Similar to spongebob's dont drop the 'dubloons' when he handed gary bars of soap acting like a pirate and other older shows with humor like that) I'm glad a good tv show from my childhood got an actually good reboot, looking at you teen titans go, be cool scooby doo, and ben 10.
age 4+

Is It Any Good?

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This cartoon is a highly entertaining new take on a classic show, keeping the best qualities of the trademark Hanna-Barbera action but losing the gender and cultural stereotypes that stand out for negative reasons today. Like the oldie, the appeal is in the creative vehicle designs inspired by the kooky drivers' identities, and in the preposterous predicaments the races present. A welcome addition is the on-screen presence of the announcer, Brick Crashman (Christopher Judge), who commentates the highs and lows along the way from mobile announcer's desks.

Wacky Races isn't a show that will teach kids anything about, well, anything, but it's mostly harmless fun. You can draw some talking points from how it presents competition (Is it friendly? Are the races fair? How do racers handle loss?) and from what Dastardly's experiences suggest about the reliability of cheating your way to success.

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