A few weeks ago, I was perusing Netflix. There I saw a placeholder for an upcoming show that grabbed my attention. It had no logo, icon, description, or cast. But the title says “The Fast and the Furious Animated Show”.
When you click into the show, it only has a brief description: “Adventures abound as a group of teenagers infiltrates an elite racing league controlled by a nefarious organization bent on world domination.” And below, it’s categorized as “Kids’ TV,” and “TV Cartoons.”
There are so many questions. Will it feature the existing characters? Will it be an entirely new story altogether? Just how nefarious can it be and still be child-appropriate? Will we get any real car action? Will the cars be based on real life machines, a la Initial D, or will they be as made up as the plots of the movies?
To the Internet for answers!
Based on a quick Google search, it looks to be in the vein of Clone Wars but for automotive enthusiasts. That means semi-serious topics with PG restrictions on violence, language, and content. It’s likely all backed by some light humor or happy moments. This could bode well for broadening the reach of the franchise, as it seems that the F&F-branded movies are becoming increasingly more violent and reliant on a higher tolerance for bloodshed. And with the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off filling the void while the series’ 9th installment is still in the works it would only help capture a new demographic entirely in the interim.
Diving a bit deeper, the Wikipedia listing for the series says the title is Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. The basic premise involves Dominic Toretto’s cousin Tony.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers begins as “teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.
Realistically, anything with the Fast and the Furious branding will print money for the studio. As long as it’s remotely exciting and features cars in some capacity, it’ll be a success for the same reason as the films. Come for the familiar characters and legacy, stay to see how far they push the lunacy.