Rally Road Racers parents guide

Rally Road Racers Parent Guide

The movie is overstuffed with positive messages but still manages to deliver a fun, speedy tale for kids.

Overall A-

Theaters: To save his grandmother's house, Zhi needs to win a race against the reigning champion, Archi Vainglorious. (US theaters only.)

Release date May 12, 2023

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Rally Road Racers rated PG? The MPAA rated Rally Road Racers PG for some mild violence and rude humor

Run Time: 93 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Rally Road Racers (formerly titled “Silk Road Rally”) is a family friendly, innocuous cartoon that your kids will probably enjoy, and you won’t hate. It follows the story of a slow loris (a small animal related to monkeys) named Zhi (Jimmy O. Yang) on a quest to become the best racer in the world. Living with his Grannie in the slow loris village, Zhi doesn’t quite fit in, and seems never has. When his idol, a turtle who is the fastest racer in the world, Archi Vainglorious (John Cleese) comes to his town to buy and bulldoze Zhi’s home, an agreement is struck. If Zhi wins the Silk Road Rally, the deed to Grannie’s home is his. But if he loses, he becomes the face of the new development Vainglorious plans to build.

Of course, Vainglorious plays dirty, and of course, many lessons are learned on the way. Maybe too many lessons: be true to yourself, find your Dao (path), focus on what matters most, winners are always wining even when they’re losing, together there’s nothing we can’t do, appearance is an illusion, come from behind, never giving up, slowing down to see things clearly – I honestly didn’t know which lesson was going to be the wrap up, because there were so many to choose from, and several came back around.

Though at times quite didactic, the enjoyment of seeing all these slow animals be considered the fastest racers in the world is a nice touch. I also think wide reception of this movie would lead greater interest and preservation of slow lorises (which we always applaud). There are not a lot of surprise twists in this story, except perhaps some truly physics-defying driving, but hey, we can cut a lot of slack for an inoffensive cartoon with uplifting messages. It does feel like a Zootopia/Kung Fu Panda/Cars mashup. So if your kids are into any of those movies, this will probably play well with them.

Directed by Ross Venokur. Starring Jimmy O Yang, Chloe Bennett, J K Simmons, John Cleese. Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release May 12, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Rally Road Racers rated PG? Rally Road Racers is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild violence and rude humor

Violence: There is lots of cartoon violence in the form of car crashes. Characters walk away from several multi-car pileups that should have been devastating, but are mere obstacles. A character being run over repeatedly is played for laughs, but is seen alive (though bruised) at the end. The villain fires multiple minions out of a canon, and uses them as replaceable tools throughout the movie. The villain is dragged up the side of a building, but it is played for laughs and he continues to complain and rage.
Sexual Content: Two characters kiss. A pregnant male seahorse is featured as a main character, and is tended to and taken care of by his wife.
Profanity: A character says that if they had middle fingers, we would know it.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.


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Rally Road Racers Parents' Guide

Why do you think Zhi always does better when he’s behind? Why did he have a hard time believing in himself, or struggling being the best. Do we sometimes get in the way of our own success?

What is unique about you, and how might those things be the key to unlocking your success and happiness, like Zhi?

If you were making your own bumper sticker, what would it say? What would you want people to know about your philosophy?

You can learn more about slow lorises at these links:

Wikipedia: Slow loris

Smithsonian: The Cute-but-Deadly Slow Loris Reserves Its Flesh-Rotting Venom for Its Peers


Home Video

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If animated car racing is what you’re after, you can steer towards Pixar’s Cars.

A young zebra wants to race in the Kentucky Open in Racing Stripes.

Very young viewers will enjoy the low stakes, toboggan racecourse in Racetime.