Nearly 20 years after the first Fast and Furious movie hit theaters in 2001, the saga continues with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in theaters August 2. At the same time, Netflix hit us with a preview for an animated cartoon spin-off set to premiere later this year: Fast & Furious: Spy Racers.
The short trailer shows an 1970s Dodge Challenger and what resembles an old Porche 911 racing in an aqueduct.
There isn’t any dialog or even any car sounds, but the scene is similar enough to remind us of the street race in the LA River between Brian O’Conner and Dom Torretto in the first film.
According to Netflix, the main character is a “teenage Tony Toretto following in the footsteps of his cousin Dom” and the series follows a group of teenagers “who are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league controlled by a nefarious organization bent on world domination.”
Before you get all bent out of shape and think the main message to kids is “snitch on your friends” and “bust everyone’s good times,” let’s take a moment to reflect on what the Fast and Furious is all about:
- The Fast and the Furious (2001): Brian O’Conner, an undercover cop must infiltrate a crew of criminals who just so happen to be balls-deep in the hot adrenaline-junkie subculture that we know and love today.
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003): To wipe out his criminal record, our favorite undercover cop must go undercover again and bring down a drug lord.
- Fast & Furious (2009): O’Conner and Torretto go undercover for the FBI to take down another drug dealer.
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013): The Fast Family is asked to go undercover and take out a British special forces agent.
- Furious 7 (2015): Dom and his crew are recruited by a mysterious covert ops agency to help get a computer program that can track people and yes - they go undercover to get it.
- The Fate of the Furious (2017): Dom goes back into a world of crime he cannot seem to escape which effectively sets us up for the ninth installment.
The third film of the saga, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) is really more of a stand-alone then anything else, meanwhile, the fifth film, Fast Five (2011) essentially serves as “Part II” to its predecessor.
When you take away all the faceless women in bikinis, revved engines, explosions, action, and all the stunt driving, Dom and the Fast fam are closer to the Avengers than a street-racing crew.
According to Netflix, the animated series includes executive producers Tim Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien), in addition to Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan who also serve as producers on the live-action Fast & Furious franchise as well.