Hot Wheels World Race
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|Hot Wheels World Race|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Television|
|Directed by||Andrew Duncan
|Produced by||Jeff Reddick
|Written by||Mark Evans
|Production company||Mattel, Inc.
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Hot Wheels World Race is a computer-animated, feature-length made-for-TV movie based on the Hot Wheels television show and toy line made by Mattel. The film was distributed on DVD by Family Home Entertainment and distributed on TV by Warner Bros. Television. The video game Hot Wheels World Race was based on the television series film. It premiered on Cartoon Network on July 12, 2003 and was released on VHS and DVD on December 2, 2003.
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After attaining his drivers licence on his 16th birthday, naive-teenager Vert Wheeler discovers the Deora II Hot Wheels car. The door on the front of the car opens, and a monitor shows a recording of a mysterious man named Dr. Peter Tezla, inviting him to a competition called the World Race: a contest between seasoned professionals and talented drivers. Driving to a secret location in the Californian desert, the drivers are informed of the race along an interdimensional racetrack called "Highway 35", created by extraterrestrial beings called Accelerons. At the end of the race is the Wheel of Power. Tezla himself tried to retrieve it himself remotely with little success. His plan is to use the drivers, with their unique driving abilities, to retrieve the wheel on his behalf. To enter the Highway, each driver must be doing 300 mph (with the help of an enhanced Nitrous system called Nitrox2) at specific points around the world. During the start, Vert immediately starts a rivalry with Taro Kitano, leader of the Scorchers team; and Lani Tam, a driver of another Wave Rippers car like Vert's.
During the first leg, the drivers are given a test of the type of track Highway 35 is, and the abilities of their cars. One such stunt is a mile-high loop followed by a jump over a lava river. Further on, in a volcano, a mysterious black racer, known as Zed-36, detonates a rigged bottle of Nitrox2 which causes lava to flow over the road. Vert and Taro make it through, but Lani gets caught in the flow and is forced to jump onto a nearby boulder. Taro immediately drives back to help her, eventually followed by Vert. All drivers finish the leg last, with the leader of the Street Breed team, Kurt Wylde, being victorious.
Before the second leg, each leader must make up five teams of seven: the Wave Rippers, Scorchers, Street Breed, Dune Ratz and Roadbeasts. Vert recruits his best friend, Alec Wood, and Kurt's little brother, Markie, after watching him joyride in Kurt's car. During the next leg, a mountainous stage, the leader of the Roadbeasts, Banjee Castillo, discovers a possible shortcut through a jungle valley. The Wave Rippers, curious of the Roadbeasts' decision, follow suit. Things seem to go well for the Roadbeasts until they come across a large wheel obstacle, which they'll need to cross. Whilst crossing it with the Wave Rippers, Zed-36 had a slingshot weapon ready to fire at the wheel, but hesitates after seeing Markie race towards it. After clipping the wheels as he crosses, which causes one of his Nitrox to detact and deonate, the wheels speeds up forcing Vert and Banjee to jump at speed. Meanwhile, both Taro and the leader of the Dune Ratz, Brian Kadeem, reach the portal first, causing a tie.
In the third leg, in a desert, Kadeem spots a disc on top of a pyramid. Believing it to be the Wheel of Power, he takes it, with Zed-36 taking chase. After a minor scuffle, Zed-36's helmet is knocked off and he's revealed to be Kurt Wylde. When he reaches the portal to head back to earth, the disc disintegrated, disappointing Kadeem. Revealing to Vert, he had hoped that he would win the race so he would use the prize money to aid his war-torn people in Africa. Meanwhile, as Kurt scarpers from the race, he is found by his employers CLYP, lead by a mysterious woman named Gelorum.
As the drivers are about to start the fourth leg of the race, Kurt, with several CLYP racers, make a break for the portal, enticing the other racers to follow. Throughout the ice leg, the CLYP racers try and sabotage the race by blocking the track and dropping mines. When Markie, who was leading detonates a mine which sees himself unconscious hanging over a cliff, Kurt betrays the CLYP drivers, revealed to be drones, to help Markie. However, he continues to race Markie, then Vert, to retrieve the Wheel of Power for Gelorum. He is defeated by Vert, who contunies out of the ice and into a mysterious city, with the Wheel of Power perched on top of a spire in the city's center.
Vert and the Wave Rippers are named the winners and are awarded $5 million prize money. However, wanting to race on Highway 35 again, storm into Tezla's lab where Tezla had been researching the Wheel. After the Wheel's powers short-circuits the facility's power, Tezla admits the Wheel is too powerful and asked the racers to return it. Meanwhile, Gelorum and her drones surround the facility demanding the wheel. The racers managed to subdue the drones, even bringing Gelorum's chopper down as well, revealing she is a robot as well.
Racing back into the city, the racers, including a defecting Kurt after realizing what Gelorum was, hold off the drones long enough for Vert to replace the Wheel on top of the spire, lighting up the city. In reflection, the racers name the city "Hot Wheels City". Afterwards, Vert gives his prize money to Kadeem, knowing that the money may not solve their issues, but it helps.
Once returned to Earth, Vert is surprised to see his father at Tezla's facility, and while given him a drive in Deora II, accidentally activates the Nitrox, accelerating the car to 300 mph, and activating the portal to Highway 35.
- Josef "Vert" Wheeler (voiced by Andrew Francis) - A naive and selfish teenager from California and the films main Protagonist, who gets the chance to fulfill his dream of becoming the world's greatest race car driver when he finds a Deora II parked outside his garage. He is chosen to lead the team "Wave Rippers" in the movie. His real first name is never formally revealed in the movie. He drives the Deora II.
- Kurt Wylde (voiced by Brian Drummond) - An aggressive street racer and the films secondary antagonist. Chosen for the World Race because he used to be a Grand Prix driver, but was banned after being framed for illegally modifying his race car. He is chosen to lead the team "Street Breed" in the movie. He is later on revealed to be the CLYP spy in the race going by the alias "Zed-36". He drives Sling Shot.
- Taro Kitano (voiced by Kevan Ohtsji) - A Japanese drift racer who has skied down Mount Everest twice. He was chosen for the World Race due to his daring skills behind the wheel of a race car. He is chosen to lead the team "Scorchers" in the movie. He drives a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner but in video game version he drives Overbored 454 instead.
- To make matters worse, Kitano drives the Rodger Dodger in the Game Boy Advance version of the game.
- William "Banjee" Castillo (voiced by Michael Benyaer) - A Puerto Rican road racer who got chosen for the World Race due to being arrested many times for reckless driving. He also has experience in motocross. He is chosen to lead the team "Road Beasts" in the movie. His first name is never formally revealed in the movie. He drives Ballistik.
- Dr. Peter Tezla (voiced by Michael Donovan) - Founder and owner of the Scrim Corporation, who creates racing technology allowing him to create the cars. He discovered Highway 35 in ancient writings and inscriptions. Though he seems to be sinister, he actually only wants to use the "Wheel of Power" to benefit mankind as an "unlimited source of clean energy." He is also very manipulative, such as only using the World Race as a pretext to retrieve the Wheel.
- Lani Tam (voiced by Venus Terzo) - A Hawaiian street racer who was chosen for the World Race because of her intelligence and mechanic skills. She is the first member of Vert's team and is Taro's love interest. She drives a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad in the movie, but instead drives the similar Nomadder What for the console video game editions. She is absent from the Game Boy Advance version.
- Brian "Zone" Kadeem (voiced by Cusse Mankuma) - An African racer who was chosen for the World Race due to his skills in driving in a sandstorm. Throughout the movie he often speaks of his "people" who are his inspiration for joining the race; as he needs the prize money, which the winner gets, to feed them. He seems to be the wisest member of the main cast. He is chosen to lead the team "Dune Ratz" in the movie. He reveals Kurt to be the CLYP spy after a fight in the third leg of the race. Though the biography states his nickname is "Zone" he is never called that throughout the movie; instead they usually call him "Kadeem". He drives Krazy 8's in the movie, and Chuvo's Super Tuned in the Game Boy Advance video game.
- Mark "Markie" Wylde (voiced by Will Sanderson) - A young, inexperienced racer and Kurt's little brother. He sneaks his way into the race in between the first and second legs. Though he is unsuccessful in joining his brother's team his skills land him a spot of Vert's. He drives a Corvette Stingray. video game version he drives Golden Arrow instead.
- Alec "Hud" Wood (voiced by Doron Bell) - Vert's long time friend from California. He is shown to be more mature than Vert is. He eventually joins Vert's team in between the first and second legs of the race. Though the biography states his nickname is "Hud" he is never called that during the movie. He drives Switchback.
- Skeet - A Florida racer whose reasons for being allowed into the World Race are never formally revealed. He is a member of Banjee's team. He is most prominet in the second leg where he, Banjee, Esmeralda, Griffin, Vert, Markie, and Lani take a hidden shortcut; which ends up getting them last place for the leg. He drives Vulture.
- Esmeralda "Es" Sanchez - Her origins are never revealed in the movie, though it is implied that she is from Puerto Rico. She is a member of Banjee's team. She is most prominent in the second leg where she, Banjee, Skeet, Griffin, Vert, Markie, and Lani take a hidden shortcut; which ends up getting them last place for the leg. She drives Power Pistons and seems to be romantically involved with "Scorchers" racer Krakatoa, driver of Muscle Tone. Krakatoa appears in the Game Boy Advance game as a Rookie racer, but Es does not.
- Griffin - A famous Italian off-road explorer. He is seen several times throughout the movie, but only has one line, "whoa!" He is a member of Banjee's team. He drives Zotic. He is not found in the Game Boy Advance version.
- Dan Dresden - A former street racer from San Francisco and member of the professional racing circuit. Dan is a member of the "Street Breed" and takes over as leader after Kurt is revealed to be a CLYP spy. He is the only driver besides Vert to make it past the avalanche in the last leg. A running gag throughout the film is that he'll get over turned by a CLYP hover car. He drives Side Draft.
- "'Tono"' - A Mexican street racer recruited to race for street breed. He drives the Pontiac rageoius. He started in race 4 but didn't make it. Dan Dresden told him to use nitrox2 but he was out of it. He thought he could make it at 270 mph but missed the portal and used his parachute to stop a fatal fall. He was seen in Tezlas cube near the end mostly in Maximos car.
- Chuvo - a Venezuela dune buggy racer. He is briefly focused on when he and Rekkas take the lead in the third leg; only to wipe out. They do manage to get back on the track and make it out of the leg. He is a member of Kadeem's team. He drives a 1997 Ford F-150. video game version he drives Super Tuned instead. He is not present in the Game Boy Advance version, and Kadeem is driving the Super Tuned in his stead.
- Rekkas - An "information broker" who is native to Morocco. He is briefly focused on when he and Chuvo take the lead in the third leg; only to wipe out. They do manage to get back on the track and make it out of the leg. He is a member of Kadeem's team. He drives Mega Duty.
- Gig - Gig is a robotic assistant to Dr. Tezla. He helps with coordinating the start and finish of the races. His system crashes when the "Wheel of Power" over loads every electronic system in North America, but Dr. Tezla is able to restore him.
- Haziz - Haziz is a blind man and acts as a spirit guide for Kadeem. Kadeem talks to him via meditation. Haziz believes that if Kadeem is not with his people then they will die; which contradicts what Kadeem is doing. Haziz may also be related to Kadeem, possibly his grandfather or great uncle.
- Gelorum (voiced by Kathleen Barr) - The film's main antagonist. She is secretly a robot (later revealed to be the leader of the Racing Drones) who recruits Kurt to sabotage the race in order to restore his credibility in the professional racing circuit. She is the leader of the organization CLYP and wants the Wheel of Power for her own evil purposes.
- Major Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler (voiced by John Payne) - Vert's father. His relationship with his son is shown to be strained.
There are different tracks that are seen in this movie that the characters race on:
- Volcanic Track - A track set in a location filled with volcanoes, steam-emitting mountains, and lava flows.
- Mountainous Rainforest Track - A location that is marked with jungles and ravines. It also contains a large spinning wheel that the drivers must jump through with perfect timing.
- Desert Track - A desert location with the tracks going around the pyramids and a statue of an Acceleron dinosaur.
- Ice City - An ice-filled Acceleron city that is full of slippery terrain. This is the location of fabled Wheel of Power.