Hot Wheels World Race

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, Animated, Science Fiction

Young fans of the animated TV series should get a rush from this high-octane compilation of five episodes seamlessly interwoven into one direct-to-video "movie." Fortuitously-named, Ultra-competitive teen skateboarder Josef "Vert" Wheeler (voice of Andrew Francis) builds a reputation as the world’s finest "wheeler." While Vert is perfecting stunts,...read more

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Young fans of the animated TV series should get a rush from this high-octane compilation of five episodes seamlessly interwoven into one direct-to-video "movie."

Fortuitously-named, Ultra-competitive teen skateboarder Josef "Vert" Wheeler (voice of Andrew Francis) builds a reputation as the world’s finest "wheeler." While Vert is perfecting stunts, scientific genius,Peter Tezla unveils his latest brainstorm at Scrim Corporation: A world-class race over the fabled Highway 35. Built many moons ago by technologically advanced aliens called the Acceleron Beings, this perilous course offers an irresistible challenge for champions like Kurt Wylde, Taro Kitano and Lani. Vert joins the NASCAR creme-de-la-crème, having impressed Tezla with his skills and daredevil attitude. After providing his contestants with specialized vehicles like Desert Rat, Wave Ripper and Scorcher, Tezla drops a bombshell. The drivers will pass through a portal at 300mph, straight into another dimension! Over the course of the first laps, Vert gets his first taste of comradeship after jeopardizing potential victory by helping Taro rescue Lani. Vert’s life-lessons will come in handy, because one of his competitors is a saboteur hired by the greedy CLYP Corporation. Determined to win at all costs, CLYP pays their entrant to bomb the competition out of the running. Tezla eventually reveals that the fastest driver must retrieve the Wheel of Power, which sits atop a pyramid near the finish line. CLYP intends to monopolize the Wheel’s cheap source of energy and reap monster profits.

This repackaging of the TV cartoon series is a slick job of merchandising, but to its credit it imbues the stunt cars with considerable personality — more, in fact, than the non-mechanical characters. That said, the vertiginous visual effects should delight speed demons of all ages.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Young fans of the animated TV series should get a rush from this high-octane compilation of five episodes seamlessly interwoven into one direct-to-video "movie." Fortuitously-named, Ultra-competitive teen skateboarder Josef "Vert" Wheeler (voice of Andr… (more)

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