Fun for all the family: adapting the Fast & Furious as animated children's television

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Summers, S. 2023. Fun for all the family: adapting the Fast & Furious as animated children's television. in: Gulam, J., Elliott, F. and Feinstein, S. (ed.) Full-Throttle Franchise: The Culture, Business and Politics of Fast & Furious New York, NY Bloomsbury. pp. 213-232
Chapter titleFun for all the family: adapting the Fast & Furious as animated children's television
AuthorsSummers, S.
Abstract

As the Fast & Furious franchise has grown in scale and scope, both in its storylines and as a force at the box office, so too has it grown as a transmedia franchise. Beginning in 2015, following the immense success of the fifth and sixth entries in the series, Fast & Furious has expanded its brand to encompass the kind of big-budget paratextual offshoots perhaps more commonly associated with franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Indeed, this period has seen the development and release of several such spinoffs, including Fast & Furious: Supercharged, a theme park attraction, Fast & Furious Live, a touring stunt show, and Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, an animated series created by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix that first aired in 2019. Following the adventures of a gang of young racers led by Tony Toretto, the teenaged cousin of the films’ protagonist, Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto, Spy Racers presents viewers with a new set of storylines which ostensibly take place in the same fictional world as the live-action movies. This chapter will explore the various ways in which Spy Racers adapts the Fast films in order to satisfy, and take advantage of, the unique conditions of television, animation, and children’s media. In doing so, it will frame Spy Racers in terms of a decades-old tradition of film-to-TV animated adaptations, as well as examining how the show’s implementation of transmedia storytelling exemplifies a uniquely contemporary approach to franchising.

Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Page range213-232
Book titleFull-Throttle Franchise: The Culture, Business and Politics of Fast & Furious
EditorsGulam, J., Elliott, F. and Feinstein, S.
PublisherBloomsbury
Place of publicationNew York, NY
ISBN
Hardcover9781501378904
Paperback9781501378874
Electronic9781501378881
Electronic9781501378898
Electronic9781501378867
Publication dates
Online17 Jan 2023
Print09 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted2022
Deposited29 Apr 2024
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/monograph-detail?docid=b-9781501378867&pdfid=9781501378867.ch-11.pdf&tocid=b-9781501378867-chapter11
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501378867.ch-11
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