Hot Wheels is a 1969 TV series that was produced by Ken Snyder Properties, and Pantomime Pictures that was based on Mattels then-new Hot Wheels line of diecast toy cars. The show was distrubuted by CBS Television Distribution and was aired on ABC from 1969 to 1971. It had 34 eleven-minute episodes in 17 pairs. But during the airing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received complaints from toy companies including Topper Toys who argued that it was actually a thirty-minute commercial for the toys; the FCC obliged by ordering stations to log part of the airings as advertising time.
The series mainly focused on the racing exploits of a high school student, Jack "Rabbit" Wheeler, who led the Hot Wheels Racing Club.
There were also 6 comics made by DC.
Hot Wheels provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation: Of the Hot Wheels toyline.
- Anti-Hero: Ardeth leaves the Hot Wheels Racing Club to join Dexter Carter's Dexter's Demons after she couldn't join the race and used bobbypins as parts in the car. However though, she joins them again towards the end of the episode.
- Literal Metaphor: When Ardeth says "Boy do I see red." Mickey then uses a wrench to break the paint of a car to reveal that Dexter Carter used a car with illegal parts to win the race which results in a disqualification.
- Public Service Announcement: In between the episodes of a pair, Jack taught us safety like wearing a seat belt and not to be playing on the road.
- Standard Evil Organization Squad: Dexter Carter leads the Dexter's Demons
- Throw It In!: In-Universe, one of the bad guys actually stole the money from the bank in a movie set The Hot Wheels Racing Club, and Dexter Carter has to chase the bad guys.