Western Animation: A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure
A Car's Life: Sparky's Big Adventure is an All-CGI Cartoon by Spark Plug Entertainment. It is the story (if you can call it that) of Sparky, an annoying and ugly young car who's at a "rebellious" stage of his life. From speeding to deliberately driving over potholes and using them to launch himself in the air to getting "tricked out", his antics have his father Fender at his wit's end. Diesel, a female (though she certainly doesn't look like it) WWII-era Jeep, is a bad influence on Sparky, encouraging him to trick himself out and sneak out to the movies at night, despite being grounded. But it turns out Diesel has a sinister plot at hand...In 2012, a sequel simply titled Car's Life 2 was released.In 2013, Car's Life 3: The Royal Heist was released.
Big Damn Heroes / Just in Time: Fender and Clutch (with a rocket launcher) save Sparky and Speedy just as they're done for, unfortunately.
Big "NO!": Fender lets one loose after Gracie voices her dream to join the circus.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Diesel is this to Sparky. In every film, she finds ways to separate Sparky and his father. Just about every time, Sparky is too dense to realize that she's intentionally ruining his life.
Circus of Fear: In Car's Life 2, Diesel turns the Greasy Springs Circus into one under her ownership. The main attractions include A: subjecting Sparky and Petoola to a treadmill of increasing speed until one of them runs out of gas, falls asleep or stalls and is ripped apart by the "Jaws of Doom", and B: forcing Bumper and Valve (customers who couldn't pay for the services of Diesel's gas station) to compete in "Dante's Demolition Derby".
Creator Cameo: Director and writer Michael Schelp voices the Gas Leech Father in the first film.
Disproportionate Retribution: Near the end, Diesel reveals that she killed Piston (Sparky's cousin) and she has her Dumb Muscle tow truck crony Igor smash Sparky's friend Speedy (though Speedy, unfortunately, gets better), yet gets arrested for driving without a license?
Happens again in the sequel: Diesel is not arrested for trying to destroy Fender's gas station, extorting everyone, poisoning Bumper's gas or even trying to kill Sparky and/or Petoola, but for driving with an expired registration.
Evil Debt Collector: And evil debt creator. The whole premise of the sequel focuses on Diesel selling extremely pricey items and making her customers and her employees owe her money.
Extra Eyes: Diesel's henchman Igor has an extra pair of eyes.
The Sociopath: Diesel. However, in the sequel, everyone is so oblivious to her past crimes and they continue to let her get away with blackmail, stealing, manipulation, and murder. Yet, when she is finally stopped, she's only arrested for simple felonies (driving with revoked silence, having an expired registration). It doesn't really help that only one person is responsible for all the scripts.
Soundtrack Dissonance: The gentle, upbeat piano music that plays when Diesel sets Norbert the gas pump on fire.