Netflix announced that its animation roster for 2024 includes a new series based on the Hot Wheels toy franchise from Mattel. Titled Hot Wheels Let’s Race, the new series is due to hit Netflix in March 2024.
The show first announced a slew of other kids animated titles coming up on Netflix in 2024. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, we got an official logline for the new show that’s being created and produced by Mattel Television back in September 2023:
“Based on the number-one selling toy in the world, Hot Wheels Let’s Race is a high-octane series that ignites and unlocks the challenger spirit within every racer! The series follows the newest generation of racers as they experience mind-blowing races, extreme stunt contests, and thrill-seeking challenges.”
Rob David, Vice President at Mattel Inc., teased in his LinkedIn post we can expect “hot rods, lowriders, and GT Scorchers” in the new series.
The new project comes at a time when Mattel is significantly upping its investment into entertainment, with a current roster of 14 projects coming off the heels of its big box office blockbuster in the form of Barbie. Numerous animated Mattel projects can already be found on Netflix, including Ever After High: Epic Winter, He-Man series, and a slew of Barbie animated specials.
Who is the animation studio behind Hot Wheels Let’s Drive? Sprite Animation Studios who are based out of Los Angeles. They’ve already worked on a slew of Netflix projects before, including, most recently, Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure in late 2022, but they were also behind Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back and Kong of the Apes. OLM Digital also assisted on the series.
When will Hot Wheels Let’s Race be released on Netflix?
On January 30th, Mattel confirmed that the new series will be touching down in full on March 4th, 2024.
Music by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump
Patrick Stump, the award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and lead vocalist for Fall Out Boy composed, recorded, and produced the theme song for Hot Wheels Let’s Race in addition to leading the composition of the score, underscore, and music cues for all episodes.
“I spent a lot of my childhood in my grandpa’s garage handing him tools while he worked on cars and I daydreamed about music,” said Patrick Stump in a press statement, adding “But Hot Wheels was my way of connecting to his love of cars. That’s why I was so excited to get the opportunity to work on Hot Wheels Let’s Race with Mattel Television Studios. The word I’m always using to describe my music for this series is ‘pulse.’ There’s a tempo and a rhythm that permeates the series as soon as the tires hit that iconic orange track.”
Per The Toy Book, additional credits for the series include:
Rob David, Vice President, Content Creative at Mattel Television (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Melanie Shannon, Senior Manager, Creative Content at Mattel Television (Masters of the Universe: Revelation), and Jordan Gershowitz (Sharkdog). Rob David, Christopher Keenan (Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go) and Fred Soulie (Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge) serve as Executive Producers, with Mike Roberts (Final Space) and Diane A Crea (Barbie: Epic Road Trip) as Producers.
Other new kids animated series confirmed for 2024 include Dee & Friends in Oz and Mighty Monsterwheelies plus other returning favorites.
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