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Wheely (2018)

Wheely, a cabbie from the lower ranks of society, faces an uphill battle to save his dream girl from a monstrous 18-wheeler truck who is the mastermind of a luxury car-napping syndicate.

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Yusry Abd Halim (as Yusry Abdul Halim), Carl Mendez
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Credited cast:
Barbara Goodson ... Sergeant Street
Chris Jai Alex ... Crank
Ogie Banks ... Wheely (voice)
Brock Powell ... Kaiser
Gavin Yap ... Putt Putt (voice)
Tamiyka White ... Momma
Frances Lee Frances Lee ... Bella
Thomas Pang Thomas Pang ... Ben
Tamyka White Tamyka White ... Momma
Jay Sheldon Jay Sheldon ... Frank
Raymond Orta Raymond Orta ... Parmo
Joe Murray Joe Murray ... Royston
Bill J. Gottlieb Bill J. Gottlieb ... (voice)
Ghafir Akbar Ghafir Akbar ... Director (voice)
Khairil Mokhzani Bahar Khairil Mokhzani Bahar ... Joe
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After a really bad crash, Wheely was demoted from a rookie racer to a downtown cabbie with a mountain of debt and a bruised ego. The cause of the accident is no other than Putt Putt, his philosophical/Feng Shui practitioner fan turned to-best friend. Everything was fine until Wheely fell "head-over-wheels" over Bella, a supermodel from the upper echelons of society. To make things worse...she's got a boyfriend! Luckily for Wheely, Bella finds his street smart, ghetto-like, funny-guy character appealing.... but just before he gets the chance to get to know her better, her stuck-up boyfriend Ben, gets in the way. And that's not all.... Wheely's faced with an even bigger problem when his dream girl gets car-napped by a global syndicate masterminded by an 18-wheeler truck, Kaiser. Written by Dr. Shireen M Hashim

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Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Easy Tigers
17 February 2020 | by torelloSee all my reviews

Ok, so all user reviews are in the extreme negative, & some lazy journalism has the description as a complete rip-off of Cars.

Actually, it's not. Yes, main character Wheely is a racing car, & a bit cocky, & his eventual sidekick, Putt Putt (who IS very annoying), is a tad Mater-esque, but the storyline is not the same in the slightest.

Wheely is a cocky racing car, but has his career ended by an accident. With no parts available to properly repair his damage, he becomes a taxi. Down on his luck, being targeted by a dumb cop car, he seems to finally catch a break when meets the car/girl of his dreams. However, she gets targeted by an evil truck who runs a luxury car-napping organisation, & some little element of fun ensues as he attempts to get her back.

The character design is not a rip-off of Cars, as some have stated. The faces/eye positions are different, & designs are more exaggerated than the realistic armory of Pixar automobiles. These actually reminded me more of the cars in the Roary The Racing Car series.

The main issues for me are the voices & some of the animation. Vocally, Wheely & Putt Putt & the cop are very annoying, & others are way over the top/over exaggerated.

Animation-wise some of the art is actually not bad in places, not quite Pixar/Dreamworks standard, but not as bad as described.

There are certainly some deficiencies, but not everyone has Disney level financial backing. The lack of background activity, once noticed, is where you notice that they have cut corners, & for some reason, makes scenes feel slow & labored(along with that voice acting again), & some scenes look unfinished.

Some characters & scenes are scarier than the G rating this has, & a few darker moments would take this to a mild PG for me.

I've seen this a few times more than I would've liked, as my lil boy is a car nut, & loves most movies/series with 4 wheeled vehicles, but I don't think this quite deserves the level of abuse it has.

Others should check out the 'Cars Life' series for the epitome of animation awfulness (or not).


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English

Release Date:

26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,340,799
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