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
- 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.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Zipper is this to Speedy of all people.
- Disney Death: Speedy. Unfortunately.
- 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.
- Former Teen Rebel: Fender
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Diesel is never seen without a cigarette, which is pointed out as being bad. Then again, she was smoking next to a gas pump.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Fender and Norbert.
- "I Want" Song: Sparky begins one in the beginning of the first film, but Fender stops him with a reminder that this isn't a musical.
- Jump Physics / Artistic License - Physics: Sparky is able to effortlessly pull off backflips while driving off ramps.
- Lethally Stupid: Speedy.
- Mock Buster: An obvious parody/ripoff of Cars, but with "kid-friendly" messages thrown in.
- Never Say "Die": Averted.
- No Indoor Voice: Speedy doesn't talk. No, she SCREECHES EVERY LINE OBNOXIOUSLY! One YouTube commenter put it best, in that she sounds like an annoying retarded version of Harley Quinn's voice actress.
- The sequel fixed that and gave her a normal voice.
- Obviously Evil: Diesel
- Officer O'Hara: Clutch becomes one in the sequel.
- Only Sane Man: Fender and maybe Norbert. They're the only characters that the viewers may be able to like.
- Overly Long Gag: The motor oil on windshield scene. The car is just spinning in circles while Speedy tells her to calm down and other characters look over the scene.
- Overprotective Dad: Fender. Justified, considering how reckless Sparky is.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Speedy and Zipper.
- Diesel's gas-pump and Norbert later.
- Record Needle Scratch: When Fender cuts Sparky's attempt at an "I Want" Song short.
- Smug Snake: Diesel is a Big Bad version.
- 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.
- Straw Nihilist: Diesel.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sparky in the sequel. He should know that Diesel is bad news for him, and yet, he listens to what she says and even works for her throughout the film.