Cars

Cars

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

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)

Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0786936708103
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:56:00

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; And more!; Technical specifications: May only apply to feature film; Family-friendly full screen viewing presentation (1.33:1); Dolby digital 5.1 surround EX; Dolby digital 2.0; THX-certified, including THX optimizer

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
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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cars
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 [13:39]
31. Back on the Map [2:03]
32. Epilogue [8:09]

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Cars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
HstryBuff1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of Pixar's best movie besides Toy Story and Finding Nemo! An action packed movie that gets your engine running full throttle from start to finish!
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
Like a couple other Pixar movies, I went into this very VERY excited. But when I walked out of the theater I was a little disappointed. Then, like a couple other Pixar movies, I bought it (because I am a huge fan), and by the end of the second viewing I realized it was my all-time favorite movie. Weird, huh? Here's why: I went into it thinking it would be drop-dead hysterical. It wasn't. But what it WAS was breath-takingly fantastic. I wish agencies didn't advertise Pixar movies as being "The Funniest Movie of the Year," because like Wall-E and Ratatouille, the films aren't that funny (or better put, they're not made JUST to be funny). Yes, there is lots and LOTS of fun and when there are jokes, they are perfectly timed and well executed (unlike a lot of non-Pixar movies). Cars is so much more than just a silly little comedy... it's a movie that reminds us of very timeless messages that we in America have forgotten: To take the slow road every now and then, and being a winner (or too focused on it) can just make you look like a jerk. I don't know where people find the steriotyped animated message which is: Be true to yourself and and be a good friend or whatever. This animated movie goes much further than that, and the Pixar guys really challenge our young ones (and even us adults) to stop striving to win all the time. Sometimes you've already got what you need to make you happy. To sum up, Cars is funy - not hysterical - beautiufl, touching, and flawlessly and carefully put together, frame by frame. Basically, Pixar rolled their sleeves once more and worked their magic as usual.
fudgebrownie More than 1 year ago
Both my son & I really like this movie. The characters are well done, the storyline is interesting and the movie has some catchy tunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen pretty much every animated film out there today, and none compare to "Cars." This movie is easily the best animated film of 2006. "Cars" screams orginality and creativity. Lately, other animated films have been appealing to older audiences but "Cars" is good, clean fun. It's a movie you can watch over and over again with your children or with anyone.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
my daughter loves this movie. great for round the house & road trips.
SFMgeek More than 1 year ago
As far as I'm concerned, Pixar can do no wrong. They've been scoring consistent hits since "Toy Story". You've got some dynamite photo-realistic CGI animation here, and I LOVED the voice-casting. Even the late great Paul Newman shines as ol' Doc Hudson. Yes, I'll also admit I'm a fan of Larry the Cable Guy, who was perfect as Mater. And let's not forget little Guido (can you say "peet stop"?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute movie. We got it for our 2 1/2 year old son and he loves it. My husband and I really like the music and its funny for adults as well as kids.
WoodyLightingQueenTheIncr More than 1 year ago
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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this is an amazing and heartwarming movie that the whole family will fall in love with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your family values good, wholesome movies this one teaches a great lesson but at the expense of exposing your children to language they're bound to repeat. Anyone with young children knows they start quoting lines from any movie they've seen more than once. I rented this to watch with my two preschoolers. We turned it off (a little too late) after my preschoolers heard the following words/phrases: stupid, moron, sexy, the race was a pisser, the track is always lit....so's my brother, etc. Unfortunately many kids are exposed to this kind of language on a regular basis - they don't need more of it. I'm sorry I made the mistake of assuming Rated-G meant a good, clean movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disney's Pixar does it again! Cars is a fun-filled, funny movie that our third grade class recommends to others. Audiences of all ages should enjoy this movie, especially if they like cars. There are many hilarious lines in the movie such as "fly away Stanely". We thought this movie had an encouraging message to follow your dreams. This movie was shown in our class and we laughed, got teary-eyed and overall enjoyed the movie.
rdw More than 1 year ago
We have a 2 year old granson. He has a Lightning McQueen battery-powered car. Cars toy cars. Underwear, wash cloths, etc. Papa does not get tire of watching over and over with him. Extrememly well done. I love the music too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fantastic!! All ages who are children at heart will love the animation and the story. Great hit movie of the year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually go for animated movie, although I do have a weakness for Disney movies. Cars was an awesome movie that had humor and lessons for all ages. It catered to many different mass audiences, while keeping all of them captivated. Definately a must own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie for adults as well as children, and proves that "nice" movies can still be made and still work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a very highly recommended film for everyone. My favorite character in the film is Doc Hudson, I like old cars!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie that went out this year! I liked it even better than "Over The Hedge"! It's about this selfish race-car who is on his way to an important race when he gets stranded on a deserted town call Radiator Springs. There, he's forced to do community service for accidentally destroying the road. The plot line was very original and creative, and the animation was just GORGEOUS!!! Everything literally looked so real. I've always been a big fan of Pixar movies, and this is an excellent DVD to add to the rest of my Pixar films. :-) My favorite feature on the DVD is "Mater and the Ghostlight"... it is so hilarious!!! :-) If you have not seen this movie, then you NEED to see it immediantly! It's a great movie!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Cars" is another Disney/Pixar triumph!It's a classic animated family feature-by far the best family film of the year.Nothing else even comes close.The film has some of the best work these Pixar magicians have ever done(those shots of the mountains are breathtaking!).Once again,they have brilliantly combined their animation talents and a delightful story with a wonderful cast of characters(Owen Wilson and Bonnie Hunt are terrific,but Paul Newman and Larry The Cable Guy absolutely steal the movie!). This is great entertainment for everyone!Sit back and enjoy!