Is Rally Road Racers a kid friendly movie? Will your kid enjoy seeing this one on the big screen? Your kids should be looking forward to this fun ride with tons of laughs. From start to finish this is one that the whole family can enjoy spending quality time together experiencing. If you enjoyed Shrek, Cars, or Kung Fu Panda, then this one is one you will really enjoy. Here is my fan guide review of the film that is speeding into theaters and hearts!
Rally Road Racers Fan Guide
Rally Road Racers is a fast-paced animated comedy that reminds us that it’s not the size of the competitor that matters, it’s the size of the dream. It is opening on Friday May 12, 2023 in theaters, so now is the time to return to the theater with your family. Written and directed by Ross Venokur (Charming), RALLY ROAD RACERS features the voices of Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Chloe Bennet (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Lisa Lu (Crazy Rich Asians), Catherine Tate (Monster Family), and John Cleese (Trolls).
What is Rally Road Racers about?
Zhi, a rookie race car driver, gets the opportunity to compete against the reigning champion of the rally car circuit. With help from a former driver-turned-mechanic, Zhi must overcome treacherous terrain, rival racers, and unexpected obstacles to prove he has what it takes to be the next great racer.
Age Rating: Why is it rated PG?
The Motion Picture Association of America has rated Rally Road Racers PG for some mild violence and rude humor. The violence referenced in my option was juvenile in nature. Some physical fighting is in the film, as well as some bullying type physicality, and hurtful name calling. There are also some frightening and intense scenes for the youngest viewers.
Mature Content: Is it okay for the youngest fans?
When I mention the frightening and intense scenes above, I am mostly referring to the creepy “bad guy” frog character who is very menacing as well as quite a bully. Children under 8 years old may find him intimidating, but probably not too scary. There is some “slap fighting” type violence, cheating to win, name calling, and various bully like moments in the film, but most are not too aggressive and young kids will probably be fine glossing over them. Of course every kid is different so it is always up to you to make that call for your child.
Parent loss is also addressed in the film, as the main character Zhi’s mother has died when he was younger and is mentioned regularly throughout the film. If your child is sensitive to this subject is is something to consider as it is brought up regularly. The death of Zhi’s mother is the motivation for several character’s actions and one of the reason’s Zhi is fighting so hard to keep his home. The potential loss of his home may be a fear in some children that may want to be considered as well.
One last mature issue to mention that is not an issue as much as something to be ready for questions on: A male seahorse character is pregnant throughout the film and makes several jokes about being pregnant. This may be confusing to younger fans and parents should probably be ready to explain that male seahorses carry the babies in nature. If this goes unexplained it could easily be confusing for a kid and they will certainly not understand the jokes.
Should parents bring their young fans to check out Rally Road Racers when it opens in theaters May 12, 2023?
I think it is safe to say that this will be a hit for the younger fans out there. There are some harrowing crash scenes where disasters are narrowly avoided and a heavy dose of moral dilemma, but it overall is a fun and fast paced race towards Zhi’s ultimate goal of fulfilling his ultimate goal of becoming the racer he has dreamed his whole life of being all while helping his grandmother and his village. There is a lot for families to enjoy in this film and ultimately take away for some fun conversations afterwards.
Watch the trailer here:
If you liked this review, make sure to read my review of Super Mario Brothers.