Fast & Furious Spy Racers

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Fast & Furious Spy Racers
Fast and Furious Spy Racers.png
Promotional poster
GenreSpy fiction
Animation
Action fiction
Based onFast & Furious
by Gary Scott Thompson
Voices of
Theme music composer
Ending theme"Chasing Legacy" performed by Shaylin Becton and Tha Vil[1][2]
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time23–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
External links
Official website

Fast & Furious Spy Racers is an American animated web television series that premiered on Netflix in December 26, 2019, based on the film series of the same name by Gary Scott Thompson. The series is produced executively by Tim Hedrick, Bret Haaland, Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz, and Chris Morgan. Hedrick and Haaland also serve as the show's showrunners.[3]

The show's second season is scheduled for a global October 9, 2020 release on Netflix.[4]

Plot[edit]

Tony Toretto, Dominic Toretto's cousin, is recruited by a government agency together with his friends to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a crime organization called SH1FT3R that is bent on world domination.[5]

Voice cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Tyler Posey as Tony Toretto, the younger cousin of Dominic Toretto.[5] He aspires to be a legend like his cousin.
  • Charlet Chung as Margaret "Echo" Pearl, Tony's friend, described as a wildly talented artist and natural spy.[5] She has green hair and ensures that their rides look great,[6] She doesn't like being called by her real name.Ep. 1
  • Jorge Diaz as Cisco Renaldo, Tony's friend who is also a mechanic, described as the muscle and the sweetheart of the crew.[5][6] He enjoys food and drink; in one episode, he made sure to install cup holders everywhere in his vehicle.Ep. 5
  • Camille Ramsey as Layla Gray, a notable underground racer who works for SH1FT3R and is Shashi's right-hand woman. She prefers to be a lone wolf, and her voice has a Southern twang.[5][6]
  • Luke Youngblood as Frostee Benson, Tony's friend, a 13-year old tech genius. He enjoys devising gadgets, flying drones, and hacking into systems. His favorite drink is Yoka and is the only member of the group without his own car.Ep. 2 Frostee is Youngblood's first voice role.[5][6]
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry as Ms. Nowhere, the team's secret agent liaison. She tries to keep Tony and his crew in check and on mission.[5][6]
  • Manish Dayal as Shashi Dhar, the leader of the SH1FT3R's. The Spy Racers are assigned to stop him after he is suspected to have stolen "keys" from the world's billionaires.[5][6]

Recurring and guest stars[edit]

  • Jimmy Tatro[5] as Mitch, a local rival street racer, described as a bit of a knucklehead.[6]
  • Tru Valentino[5] as Gary, Ms. Nowhere's assistant; and Scadan, a SH1FT3R racer
  • Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, Tony's famous cousin who recommends Tony and the gang to Ms. Nowhere.[5] He is too visibly famous to be doing the missions himself. He makes brief appearances in the series.[6] Vin's daughter, Similce Diesel, also voices as Sissy Benson, Frostee's sister.[5][7]

Other actors from the voice acting community have been noted to have supporting parts. They include: Carlos Alazraqui, Eric Bauza, Fred Tatasciore, Grey Griffin, and Kevin Michael Richardson.[5][7]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [8]
1"Born a Toretto"Bret HaalandTim HedrickDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Tony Toretto races against and loses to local racer Mitch. Tony and his crew meet cousin Dom when the latter is kidnapped into a van. They evade the motorcycle pursuers and find the van where it is revealed that Dom was recommending Tony and the gang to Ms. Nowhere as a team of new secret agents that are planning to infiltrate an organization called SH1FT3R that is using street racing as a front for its criminal operations. In order to join SH1FT3R, Tony must win a secret race hosted by renowned racer Layla Gray. Tony and the gang hack the database and borrow Mitch's car to get into the race.
2"Enter SH1FT3R"Micah GunnellJosh HamiltonDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Tony holds his own in the underground race, surviving attacks from and also utilizing various car weapons. Layla wants Tony and the crew to be thrown out, but Shashi Dhar, SH1FT3R's leader, invites them to his after party. Shashi tells Tony they can join his team if they can pull a job to stop a rival crew led by Scadan from transporting a trailer of Yoka Spirit Water from Canada to Mexico.
3"Ghost Town Grand Prix"James YangMitch IversonDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Tony joins a race against Shashi, Layla, and the other SH1FT3R racers in a ghost town course through some mining tunnels. Although Tony could easily try to win the race, he is prompted by his crew to follow Shashi and Layla who are going after a different prize.
4"The Owl Job"Leo RileyMay ChanDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Shashi puts Tony and Layla together on a mission to steal some codes from Sudarikov, a Russian businessman and high-end arms dealer. The rest of Tony's team break into Shashi's manor in order to find the keys.
5"The Celestial Vault"Micah GunnellTim HedrickDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Shashi uses Sudarikov's codes to unlock access to a privately-owned mountain which he and the SH1FT3Rs race up. However, during the race, Shashi reveals that Tony and his crew are traitors working for the feds, and offers a bounty to the SH1FT3Rs to knock them off the course. At the top of the mountain, Shashi retrieves a satellite which holds an exotic car which is one of the keys. He captures Frostee and escapes with him and the car.
6"The Final Key"James YangJosh HamiltonDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
With the overall mission being a failure, Ms. Nowhere starts packing up all the crew's things. Layla arrives and warns them that Shashi plans to collect all the key cars to enable a Skeleton Key that would allow him to hack into any electronics within range, giving him limitless power. Ms. Nowhere arrests Layla, and plans to destroy the fifth and final car which is housed at a military base. Tony offers to get Shashi the fifth car in exchange for Frostee, and they break into the military base.
7"Ignition"Leo RileyMitch IversonDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Tony, Layla and the gang are in a spy plane with the fifth car. They evade Ms. Nowhere's pursuit, after which General Dudley arrests Ms. Nowhere and takes over operations. Tony exchanges the fifth car for Frostee. Shashi uses the cars to unlock an area that contains the Skeleton Key which is in the form of a visor mask General Dudley and his troops arrive but Shashi uses the Skeleton Key to control the drones and vehicles to defeat them. Shashi and his crew then head to Las Vegas in order to kill the billionaire Cleve Kelso who murdered his parents.
8"The Key to the Strip"Micah GunnellTim HedrickDecember 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
Shashi uses the Skeleton Key to invade Las Vegas Strip, hack into the Western Grid, and to get revenge on Clive Kelso. Tony and the gang rush to Vegas to try to stop him.

Production[edit]

On April 23, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order. Executive producers are set to include Tim Hedrick, Bret Haaland (The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and All Hail King Julien), Vin Diesel, and Chris Morgan. Hedrick and Haaland are also expected to act as showrunners.[9] Productions companies involved with the series include DreamWorks Animation. The series comes after the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation by NBCUniversal which includes a first look at DreamWorks Animation animated series based on Universal Pictures film properties.[10][11][12][13][14] Cast members were announced on November 18, 2019.[5]

Release[edit]

Fast & Furious Spy Racers was released on Netflix on December 26, 2019. A world premiere red carpet event was held at the Universal Cinema in Los Angeles on December 7.[15][16]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10.[17]

Notes[edit]

  • ^ "Ep." is shortened form for episode in the Fast & Furious Spy Racers series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Original Song 'Chasing Legacy' from 'Fast & Furious: Spy Racers' Released | Film Music Reporter".
  2. ^ "The Timbaland Passion: Shaylin Becton & Tha Vil - Chasing Legacy (Timbaland, Angel Lopez, Federico Vindver) (19') (Audio)".
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 13, 2019). "Nickelodeon, Netflix Team for Original Animated Features, TV Series". The Hollywood Reporter. The Nickelodeon-produced films and TV series join a Netflix animated slate that also includes…DreamWorks' Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Dec. 26), among others.
  4. ^ "'Fast & Furious Spy Racers' Season 2 Coming to Netflix in October 2020". What's on Netflix. September 16, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 18, 2019). "Universal And DreamWorks Animation Set Tyler Posey, Camille Ramsey And More For 'Fast & Furious: Spy Racers'; First Look At Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Hood, Cooper (December 26, 2019). "Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Voice Cast & Character Guide". ScreenRant.
  7. ^ a b Lawrence, Derek (November 18, 2019). "Tyler Posey, Vin Diesel's daughter to star in Netflix's 'Fast & Furious' animated series". EW.com. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Fast & Furious: Spy Racers – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (April 23, 2018). "Fast and the Furious animated TV series gearing up at Netflix". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (April 23, 2018). "'Fast & Furious' Animated Series Set At Netflix Based On Universal Movies As Deal With DreamWorks Animation TV Expands". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 23, 2018). "'Fast and Furious' Animated Series From DreamWorks Animation Set at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 23, 2018). "'Fast and the Furious' Animated TV Series Set at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Mendelson, Scott (April 23, 2018). "'Fast And Furious' To Become A Netflix Animated Series, And That May Only Be The Beginning". Forbes. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (April 23, 2018). "Fast and the Furious animated TV series gearing up at Netflix". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  15. ^ https://hollywoodlife.com/pics/fast-and-furious-spy-racers-premiere-photos/
  16. ^ https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/vin-diesel-kids-actor-makes-rare-outing-with-daughter-similc/
  17. ^ "FAST & FURIOUS SPY RACERS: SEASON 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved April 20, 2020.

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