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Director: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Cast: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Owen Wilson, Paul Newman


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A pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn't always about crossing the finish line first in Toy Story director John Lasseter's mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson)…  See more details below


A pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn't always about crossing the finish line first in Toy Story director John Lasseter's mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) may be just a rookie, but he's convinced that he can realize his dream of zooming by the checkered flag if he can only make it to California in time to compete in the upcoming Piston Cup Championship. When Lightning takes a detour into the slow-moving, Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, however, it begins to appear as if his shot at the big time has effectively stalled out. Of course, Lightning's exciting cross-country trek wasn't all for naught, and after befriending such quirky Radiator Springs residents as Sally the Porsche (voice of Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (voice of Paul Newman), and Mater the Tow Truck (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), the eager young racer learns that sometimes life is more about the voyage than the outcome of the race.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
In a world populated solely by automobiles, cocky rookie racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is nobody's love bug. He doesn't give his hardworking crew any credit, and he is looking to upgrade from his loyal but decidedly less upscale sponsor for something flashier. After qualifying for the Piston Cup championship against reigning champion the King (NASCAR legend Richard Petty) and upstart Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton), the self-absorbed McQueen is abandoned by his unappreciated crew. En route to California for the big race, fate throws McQueen a detour. He is left stranded in Radiator Springs, a southwest desert town along Route 66 that time forgot when the interstate opened up. Here, McQueen will get an attitude change as he bonds with the town's colorful residents, including Sally (Bonnie Hunt), a Porsche who left the fast lane, and Doc (Paul Newman), a Hudson Hornet with a secret checkered flag in his past. Pixar is enjoying an artistic run that rivals Disney's first generation of animated classics, and Cars continues its winning track record. Pixar co-founder John Lasseter is behind the wheel for the first time since Toy Story 2. The visuals, particularly the desert landscapes, are breathtaking, and the amusing characters will no doubt grace future spin-offs. They include the affable Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), a tow truck with a mischievous penchant for tractor-tipping; the spaced-out Filmore (George Carlin), a '60s-era VW bus who blasts Hendrix; Ferrari aficionado Luigi (Tony Shalhoub), proprietor of the "Home of the Leaning Tower of Tires"; and low rider Ramone (Cheech Marin), who performs paint jobs. At nearly two hours, Cars is deliberately paced, but captivated viewers won't be impatient enough to ask, "Are we there yet?" A winning formula of humor and heart helps keep Cars from running out of gas. A flashback of bustling life in Radiator Springs in its Route 66 heyday is as moving as "When Somebody Loved Me" from Toy Story 2. This DVD is not as tricked out as past Pixar titles, but it gets some extra mileage with several high-octane extras, including the delightful Oscar-nominated theatrical short, "One Man Band," an amusing new Pixar cartoon, "Mater and the Ghostlight," deleted scenes, and a featurette about Lasseter's lifelong fascination with cars.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
After a solid opening sequence that establishes the selfish nature of race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), Cars takes what feels like an inordinate amount of time to strand him in the deserted town where he can learn lessons about selflessness. Once there, the situation and the dynamics of the characters are overly familiar from any number of films, from An Officer and a Gentleman to Mr. 3000. This is a surprising problem coming from Pixar, a studio responsible for beautiful scripts like Finding Nemo and Toy Story 2. Thankfully, the artistry of the Pixar animators has not diminished whatsoever. The reflections and shadows of the cars, the quality of the air in a Western town, and the details of Lightning's makeover from race car to '50s cruising machine offer just some of the visual splendors that are abundant throughout the movie. The problem is that with every other Pixar film the beautiful attention to detail usually does not register in full on the first viewing because the characters are so emotionally engaging. Because Cars fails to fully grab one's heart, it is easier to admire the scenery. This film certainly supplies a fine moviegoing experience, but it does feel like a disappointment considering what has come before. Pixar usually puts out breathtaking Porsches, but Cars is a dependable Honda.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Mater and the Ghostlight - The mischievous Mater gets his due in an all-new exclusive animated short movie; One Man Band - hilarious animated short film; Inspiration for Cars - Creator John Lasseter gets his kicks on Route 66; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Lightning McQueen
Paul Newman Doc Hudson
Bonnie Hunt Sally Carrera
Larry the Cable Guy Mater
Cheech Marin Ramone
Tony Shalhoub Luigi
Guido Quaroni Guido
Jenifer Lewis Flo
Paul Dooley Sarge
Michael Wallis Sheriff
George Carlin Fillmore
Katherine Helmond Lizzie
John Ratzenberger Mack,Hamm Truck,Abominable Snow Plow,P.T. Flea Car
Joe Ranft Red,Peterbilt
Michael Keaton Chick Hicks
Jeremy Piven Harv
Bob Costas Bob Cutlass
Darrell Waltrip Darrell Cartrip
Richard Kind Van
Edie McClurg Minny
Humpy Wheeler Tex
Tom Magliozzi Rusty Rust-eze
Ray Magliozzi Dusty Rust-eze
Richard Petty The King
Andrew Stanton Fred
Dale Earnhardt Junior
Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Jay Leno Jay Limo
Mario Andretti Mario Andretti
Sarah Clark Kori Turbowitz
Mike "No Name" Nelson Not Chuck
Jonas Rivera Boost
Lou Romano Snotrod
Adrian Ochoa Wingo
E.J. Holowicki DJ
Elissa Knight Tia
Lindsey Collins Mia
Larry Benton Motorhome Race Fan
Douglas "Mater" Keever Motorhome Race Fan
Tom Hanks Woody Car
Tim Allen Buzz Lightyear Car
Billy Crystal Mike Car
John Goodman Sullivan Truck
Dave Foley Flik Car
Jack Angel Voice Only
Michael Patrick Bell Voice Only
Bob Bergen Voice Only
Susan Blu Voice Only
Andrea Boerries Voice Only
Rodger Bumpass Voice Only
Torbin Xan Bullock Voice Only
Richard Cawood Voice Only
Scott Clark Voice Only
Scott Clark Voice Only
Kathy Coates Voice Only
John Cygan Voice Only
Jennifer Darling Voice Only
Paul Eiding Voice Only
Bill Farmer Voice Only
Brian Fee Voice Only
Teresa Ganzel Voice Only
Craig Good Voice Only
Jess Harnell Voice Only
Artie Kempner Voice Only
Hooman Khalili Voice Only
Sonoko Konishi Voice Only
Erik Langley Voice Only
Sherry Lynn Voice Only
Danny Mann Voice Only
Mickie T. McGowan Voice Only
Laraine Newman Voice Only
Teddy Newton Voice Only
Colleen O'Shaughnessy Voice Only
Bob Peterson Voice Only
Steve Purcell Voice Only
Jan Rabson Voice Only
A. J. Riebli Voice Only
Dan Scanlon Voice Only
Steve Schaffer Voice Only
Ken Schretzmann Voice Only
Bob Scott Voice Only
Matt Staudt Voice Only
Jay Ward Voice Only
Jim Ward Voice Only
Colette Whitaker Voice Only
Randy Newman Conductor

Technical Credits
John Lasseter Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Joe Ranft Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Darla K. Anderson Producer
Carlos Baena Animator
Rodrigo Blaas Animator
Jason Boose Animator
Adam Burke Animator
Brett Coderre Animator
William Cone Production Designer
Tim Crawford Animator
Don Crum Animator
David Devan Animator
Ike Feldman Animator
Dan Fogelman Screenwriter
Doug Frankel Animator
Tom Gately Animator
Stephen Gregory Animator
Tasha Wedeen Harris Animator
Travis Hathaway Animator
John Kahrs Animator
Jean-Claude J. Kalache Cinematographer
Nancy Kato Animator
Karen Kiser Animator
Jorgen Klubien Original Story,Screenwriter
Shawn Krause Animator
Jaime Landes Animator
Jeremy Lasky Cinematographer
Wendell Lee Animator
Phil Lorin Screenwriter
Tom MacDougall Musical Direction/Supervision
Matt Majers Animator
Michal Makarewicz Animator
Daniel Mason Animator
Steve Mason Animator
Jon Mead Animator
Sarah Mercey-Boose Animator
Billy Merritt Animator
Cameron Miyasaki Animator
Dave Mullins Animator
Kiel Murray Screenwriter
Tom Myers Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Navone Animator
Randy Newman Score Composer
Dan Nguyen Animator
Matt Nolte Animator
Sanjay Patel Animator
Bob Pauley Production Designer
Thomas Porter Associate Producer
Brett Pulliam Animator
Rich Quade Animator
Kevin Reher Casting
Jonas Rivera Production Manager
Ken Schretzmann Editor
Brett Schulz Animator
Bob Scott Animator
Doug Sheppeck Animator
David Earl Smith Animator
Ross Stevenson Animator
Michael Stocker Animator
Quang Thieu Animator
Jean-Clause Tran Animator
J. Warren Trezevant Animator
Ian White Animator
Anthony Ho Wong Animator
Michael Wu Animator
Ron Zorman Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cars [WS]
1. Dinoco 400 [9:26]
2. Victory Lane [4:10]
3. Rust-eze [2:30]
4. "Life Is a Highway" [3:33]
5. Lost [4:40]
6. Into Town [2:53]
7. Where's McQueen? [:45]
8. The Impound [1:29]
9. Traffic Court [4:15]
10. Bessie [1:55]
11. Customers! [5:56]
12. Doc's Challenge [4:05]
13. A New Road [2:44]
14. Turn Right to Go Left [1:58]
15. Back to Work [4:01]
16. Tractor Tipping [3:06]
17. Backwards Driving [3:41]
18. Goodnight [1:28]
19. Doc's Piston Cups [2:44]
20. Breakfast at Flo's [2:00]
21. Drive With Sally [2:06]
22. Wheel Well [1:37]
23. "Our Town" [3:34]
24. Stampede [:56]
25. Doc Races [4:16]
26. He's Gone [2:07]
27. A New Customer [2:36]
28. Cruisin' [2:32]
29. McQueen Is Found [5:05]
30. California Race [13:40]
31. Back on the Map [2:12]
32. Epilogue [8:09]

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