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Cars
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"KA-CHOWWW!!!!!" - Lightning McQueen
Genre: Adventure
Animation
Road
Comedy
Family
Directed By: John Lasseter
Joe Ranft (co-director)
Produced By: Darla K. Anderson
Written By: John Lasseter
Joe Ranft
Jorgen Klubien
Starring: Owen Wilson
Paul Newman
Bonnie Hunt
Larry the Cable Guy
Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky
Jean Claude Kalache
Distributed By: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release Date: May 26, 2006 (Lowe's Motor Speedway)
June 9, 2006 (United States)
Runtime: 117 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $120 million
Box Office: $462 million
Franchise: Cars
Sequel: Cars 2


Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is Pixar's final independently-produced motion picture before its purchase by Disney in May 2006. Set in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles, the film stars the voices of Owen WilsonPaul Newman (in his final acting role), Bonnie HuntLarry the Cable GuyTony ShalhoubCheech MarinMichael WallisGeorge CarlinPaul DooleyJenifer LewisGuido QuaroniRichard Petty, Michael KeatonKatherine Helmond, and John Ratzenberger. It was followed by two sequels: Cars 2 and Cars 3 in 2011 and 2017, respectively. The now-defunct DisneyToon Studios produced the spin-off films: Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue in 2013 and 2014, with Lasseter as the executive producer for both films.

Plot

While traveling to California to race against The King and Chick Hicks for the Piston Cup Championship, Lightning McQueen becomes lost after accidentally falling out of his trailer in a run down town called Radiator Springs. While there, he slowly befriends the town's odd residents, including Sally, Doc Hudson, and Mater. When it comes time for him to leave for the championship, it is no longer his top priority.

Why It Rocks

  1. The premise is quite interesting because the film is about a race car who becomes lost in a run down town after falling out of his trailer.
  2. It has very solid and appealing animation, as well as nice visuals.
  3. Incredible world-building that is built around cars, even though everything else doesn't make any more sense.
  4. The opening race scene is very exciting and fun to watch.
  5. Likable and funny characters like Lightning McQueen and Mater.
  6. Top-notch vocal performances. For example, George Carlin did a good job voicing Fillmore, despite the fact he had fewer lines than in his other films.
  7. Well-delivered life messages. In the final race, where Chick wrecks The King, and Lightning doesn't win the Piston Cup, he goes back to help The King finish his last race and says, "It's just an empty cup."
  8. Proper character development: At first glance, Lightning McQueen is a selfish jerk who only cares about winning until he learns that there's more to life than winning and that the biggest victories are the people and friends we met during the ride.
  9. Great soundtrack, with notable songs such as "Real Gone", "Life is a Highway", "Sh-Boom", and "Find Yourself".
  10. The backstory of the downfall of Radiator Springs is a really heartbreaking scene, especially with the song, Our Town.
  11. The scene where Mater tells McQueen that he considers him his best friend is quite heartwarming.

Bad Qualities

  1. The storyline gets boring and is very similar to the movie Doc Hollywood, almost to the point of outright ripping off its plot. In fact, Pixar actually got accused of plagiarism a few times.
  2. There are a few errors. For example, in one scene, Snot-Rod was missing next to Mack, but suddenly appears in the next scene.
  3. Confusing premise that raises more questions than answers.

Trivia

  • This film is the last Pixar movie released on VHS on November 2006. In February 2007, it became a Disney Movie Club exclusive.
  • Strip "The King" Weathers' crash at the end of the movie is a virtual frame-by-frame recreation of racing legend Richard Petty's crash in the 1988 Daytona 500.
  • Originally, Lightning McQueen was given number 57, the birth year of director John Lasseter. It was changed to 95 in reference to the year Toy Story was released.
  • In inspiration, John Lasseter looked back on his childhood road trip vacations for this movie. When he recreated one with his family during a summer vacation, he felt inspired. He realized that there were many towns on the old routes that people missed out on once the freeways were built, and wanted to pay homage to these sleepy, long-forgotten places.
  • The animators drew more than 43,000 sketches for designs of the cars.
  • Developers even stopped people on roads to take photos of their cars for early character sketches.
  • Each frame of the movie took an average of seventeen processor hours to render.
  • To build the cars, the animators used computer platforms very similar to those used in the design of real-world automobiles.
  • A "City of Emeryville" sign briefly appears in the movie. Emeryville is where Pixar's offices were formerly located.
  • In the sky scenes, all the jet trails look like tire marks.
  • The hill at Radiator Springs (with the white letters RS) resembles the top of a car radiator with a cap.
  • The hills around Radiator Springs resemble the back ends of Cadillacs. They are even known as Cadillac Range.
  • One of the bumper stickers on Fillmore reads "I Brake for Jackalopes", a reference to the Disney/Pixar short Boundin'.
  • The tires are named "Lightyear" which is a word play on tire brand Goodyear and Buzz Lightyear's name.
  • The animation was apparently going to be more rubbery and cartoony.
  • The movie was originally going to be called The Yellow Car. Also, there were originally no race cars, and the main car was a foreign yellow electric car trying to win approval from the gas-guzzling small town folks in the movie.
  • Mater's name was originally Zebb. John Lasseter changed the name after visiting the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina and meeting an employee, Douglas Keever, whose nickname was Mater. Keever and his friend Larry Benton recorded voice cameos in both the opening scene and the scene at the Los Angeles Motor Speedway.
  • Mater was also originally a much more minor character, but John Lasseter loved Larry the Cable Guy's performance so much that he wrote new scenes for him.
  • Fillmore's original name was Waldmire, after Route 66 resident Robert "Bob" Waldmire. However, upon learning that toys of the character would be featured in McDonald's Happy Meals, Waldmire, a vegan, didn't want his name to be used.
  • Operation Lifesaver requested that Disney edit a scene of the Pixar film Cars in which the character of Lightning McQueen races a train to a grade crossing while the crossing lights are flashing. Disney/Pixar has removed the scene in question from theater showings, but the DVD, Blu-Ray, and Disney+ releases of the movie still include the scene.
  • Chick Hicks' racing number is 86. 86 is a slang term for getting rid of someone in a forceful way, which is what Chick does when he cheats on the track. It's also a reference to 1986, the year that Pixar's first short film Luxo Jr. was released.
    • Chick also has many sponsor tags on him due to him being a sellout.
  • It was initially titled Route 66. It was changed to Cars to avoid any mix up between the movie and the television show Route 66.
  • Bob Pauley, one of the Cars production designers explained "We took the best of our favorite things, from GT40s to Chargers, just sketching them out, we came up with what McQueen looks like... the most prominent design choices for McQueen are drawn directly from the Chevrolet Corvette C6."
  • Jay Ward (Pixar Studios' art director for all things related to the movie Cars) stated in 2016 that he originally thought Sally was a Mustang, because we thought about the song 'Mustang Sally'. The problem with the Mustang is, it has a very thick grille in the front that looks like a mustache on a female car. People say, "Why did you guys use a Porsche for Sally? That's kind of a guy car." A Porsche has a rear engine and no radiator grille in front, perfectly smooth, like you want a female shape to be."

Reception

Critical Response

Cars received generally positive reviews from critics, with a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it was considered the weakest film from Pixar until Cars 2 was released five years later, which received much worse reviews than the first movie, and is the only Pixar film to have a "rotten" rating.

Box Office

Cars grossed $462 million at the box office against its $120 million budget, making it a box office hit.

Awards & Nominations

Cars was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature, but lost to Happy Feet, but it won the Golden Globe award for best animated feature, becaming the first animated movie to win that award.

Videos

External Links

Comments


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Athaggard160

19 months ago
Score 7
I ❤️ this movie so much!
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Stephenfisher2001

17 months ago
Score 5
Me too! :D
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Kaiosantos

11 months ago
Score 5
Me too.
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MinecraftDogCats

3 months ago
Score 4
It's my favorite Pixar Movie
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Athaggard160

2 months ago
Score 3
Same!
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RockyBalboaFan

26 days ago
Score 3
I love this film
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EijiZeBoi

14 months ago
Score 4

Some questions about the movie:

How do the kid cars grow into adults?

How do cars make babies?

Who is driving the cars?

Who built the cars?

What’s the difference between a girl car and a boy car, anatomically?

Why do the cars have doors?
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Trevor807

14 months ago
Score 2
1. Good question. Assuming they are always adults. 2. Probably built from an assembly line. 3. Nobody. 4. Automatic assembly line. 5. Good point. 6. Ditto.
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EijiZeBoi

14 months ago
Score 1
Okay. Good answers.
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Stomps

13 months ago
Score 2
First of all, Maddy McGear is a child car in the Cars universe, so that puts a end to the "Always Adults" theory and second, John Lasseter has all the answers in a QnA video
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Splinter

2 months ago
Score 1
The world of cars is a confusing universe, with some basic essentials to make it sensible missing. There is difference between making things interesting by making a major mystery and just being lazy to answer all questions.
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Mr. Dready

12 months ago
Score 5
Cars is in my opinion the best Pixar movie that isn't Toy Story.
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Stephenfisher2001

12 months ago
Score 3
I agree with you!
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Athaggard160

11 months ago
Score 1
Me too!
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MinecraftDogCats

3 months ago
Score 3
This is my favorite Pixar movie.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

10 months ago
Score 0
Speed...I am speed.
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ACoolBlaze5

9 months ago
Score 1
COPYPASTER
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SporeShroom2007

9 months ago
Score -1
General Reposti!
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SporeShroom2007

9 months ago
Score 2

the Cars video game came out on June 6th, 2006. Cars came out 3 days later.

So Lightning McQueen can be in Super Smash Bros.
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Trevor807

9 months ago
Score 1
Joking, I can see.
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ThighFish

8 months ago
Score 1
Would he be Little Mac Mk. II?
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SporeShroom2007

8 months ago
Score 1
IDK, but his recovery is infinitely better than Little Mac's "recovery".
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Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 1
Wait, but doesn't the video game take place after the movie?
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Johnson05ethan

9 months ago
Score 4
Am I the only one who thinks cars 1 and 3 are overhated?
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Bluetigerelevenblue

8 months ago
Score 5
Glad to see this is on here and not AMW
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 3
Why would it be on AMW?
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Nihirichan

7 months ago
Score 3
I think the reason why the cars are anthropomorphic is because they evolved from humans. You see, there was an apocalypse that would end all of humanity. Therefore, they made an AI in which can have a mind of its own. They insert that AI into their cars, and suggested other humans to do the same so the cars can thrive while the humans rest in peace.
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TigerBlazer

13 days ago
Score 1
This made me rethink the entire movie.
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Glitchedblood

6 months ago
Score 2
Does anyone know about the "flashing headlights" innuendo?
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No bias

4 months ago
Score 2
"KACHINGA"
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UndertaleGamer1000

3 months ago
Score 3
"KACHIGGA KACHIGGA! SAY IT WITH ME, KACHIGGA CHIGGA CHIGGA!"
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Splinter

2 months ago
Score 1

I really think the premise should be added as a negative point. Since even if the cars aren't living, the movie wouldn't have changed at all.

I still love the film but the premise still bugs me.
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Splinter

one month ago
Score 1

Lasseter: Gives more scenes to a minor character called Mater because he loved the actor's performance.

Me: Oh...so that is why the 2011 spin-off existed.
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TehGamerOne18

one month ago
Score 0
The spin off about the planes is bad
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 3
I love this movie!
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CallMeAston

one month ago
Score 3
This Movie Is My Childhood!
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RockyBalboaFan

one month ago
Score 1
There should've been only one Cars movie, the 2 other sequels are garbage.
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Harrison Dye

21 days ago
Score 0
The 2nd movie was bad, but the third one is decent.
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RockyBalboaFan

15 days ago
Score 1
I really didn't like the 3rd one like the 2nd one, but I respect your opinion.
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HcB3000

26 days ago
Score 3

"He won a Piston Cup!"

"He did WUT IN HIS CUP?"
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RockyBalboaFan

22 days ago
Score 1
LOL!
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Mt Omar Jewel

14 days ago
Score 1
LIFE IS THE MEME I HAVE MEME ALL DAY LONG
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HunterZolomon

14 days ago
Score 2
I love this movie. I even went too far and collected it's toys
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TigerBlazer

13 days ago
Score 1
Same. This will always be remembered by me as my childhood movie, along with WALL-E. I watched this all the time when I was 3 or 4 and I still enjoy it today. I had pretty much all the toy cars and track sets until I grew to old for them and had to give some away :(
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TehGamerOne18

12 days ago
Score 0
Same. Despite it being boring in the middle I think it is overhated. A lot of moments in this were wholesome, especially the downfall of the town and the tribute to, Joe Ranft near the end.

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