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Cars (2006)

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A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

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John Lasseter, Joe Ranft (co-director)

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John Lasseter (original story by), Joe Ranft (original story by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Lightning McQueen (voice)
Paul Newman ... Doc Hudson (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Sally Carrera (voice)
Larry the Cable Guy ... Mater (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Ramone (voice)
Tony Shalhoub ... Luigi (voice)
Guido Quaroni ... Guido (voice)
Jenifer Lewis ... Flo (voice)
Paul Dooley ... Sarge (voice)
Michael Wallis ... Sheriff (voice)
George Carlin ... Fillmore (voice)
Katherine Helmond ... Lizzie (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Mack / Hamm Truck / Abominable Snow Plow / P.T. Flea Car (voice)
Joe Ranft ... Red / Jerry Recycled Batteries / Peterbilt (voice)
Michael Keaton ... Chick Hicks (voice)
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Storyline

While traveling to California for the dispute of the final race of the Piston Cup against The King and Chick Hicks, the famous Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. Lightning McQueen has to work hard and finds friendship and love in the simple locals, changing its values during his stay in the small town and becoming a true winner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is a journey. Enjoy the trip. See more »

Genres:

Animation | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Japanese | Yiddish

Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Route 66 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,119,509, 11 June 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$244,082,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$461,981,126
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of Lightning McQueen's agent Harv is provided by Jeremy Piven, who also plays Vincent Chase's agent on Entourage (2004). The UK release featured the outspoken Top Gear (1978) host Jeremy Clarkson as the voice of Harv. See more »

Goofs

After Lightning chases down a truck and discovers it is not Mack, he wants to get back to the Interstate. At a first glance it may seem as if he turns and goes back the way he came (to the Interstate), but arrives to Radiator Springs. However, a closer look reveals that he makes a U-turn after turning right (to watch the truck leave), which means that eventually he went left on the T-junction (possibly becoming confused in the dark), instead of going back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lightning McQueen: Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me. No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning.
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Crazy Credits

The credits contain a dedication and retrospective of characters voiced by Joe Ranft, a Pixar writer who died in 2005. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK version features Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson as the voice of Harv instead of Jeremy Piven. See more »

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Featured in Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special (2006) See more »

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Behind the Clouds
Written by Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers
Performed by Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Recorded by Richard Barrow and Brian David Willis
Mixed by Justin Niebank
Brad Paisley appears courtesy of Arista Nashville
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"It's kind of nice to slow down every once in a while."
9 June 2006 | by TheMovieMarkSee all my reviews

"Cars didn't ride on it to make great time; they rode on it to have a great time."

It's not hard to make a successful movie. It's simple, really. Exceed my expectations. Make me feel. Force me to care. Deliver a somewhat clichéd message, but deliver it in such a way that the meaning resounds. Teach me the same lessons that your characters learn. And above all, entertain.

Pretty easy, right? Well, at least Pixar makes it look that way because with Cars they have once again succeeded.

I'll be honest; I had my doubts about the movie. How would they be able to take a story featuring nothing but vehicles, with nary a human in sight, and keep my interest for a full two hours? Animals are one thing, but could Pixar successfully master the personification of modes of transportation?

Yes, they could, and they did.

Thanks to Director Lasseter's strong attention to detail, going so far as to insist that the vehicles bend and gesture in ways that were true to their construction, every car and truck truly becomes a unique character and personality. And along with those characters and personalities comes a story which yes, contains a well-traveled theme, but it comes with so much charm that even Grouchy McKilljoy's hard little heart can't help but be warmed.

Don't worry if you're not a racing fan; I assure you it's not a requirement to enjoy the movie. I love watching muscle cars race the quarter mile (ask me about my '69 Camaro), but NASCAR doesn't do it for me. That's another aspect about the film that gave me pause. I once fell asleep at a NASCAR qualifying race, despite the 90-degree heat and ear-splitting decibel levels, so would Cars keep me awake and interested? Within five minutes my worries began to slowly subside as I happily settled in for the ride.

Animation should be about bringing imagination to life. Give us something that can't be done in live action. Cars does this so effectively that it almost seems a redundancy to comment on how Pixar continues to raise the CGI bar. The scenery on screen is awe-inducing to the point that it's getting harder to distinguish the real from the created. The filmmakers have gone so far as to perfect reflections in the cars and to pay careful attention to weeds growing out of cracks in the sidewalk. I don't see any way you could not be visually stunned.

But impressive visuals are little comfort if I'm not presented with a story that I care to follow. No problems there. If you're the kind of person who loves to go "awwwww" at movies then prepare to be satisfied. What I appreciate the most is that, at the risk of causing some youngsters to become restless, time and attention has been given to character and story development. Lasseter and his team stood their ground and resisted any pressure to trim this to a runtime more suitable to those with limited attention spans, and I thank them for it.

As I said earlier, Cars hit the starting line with a disadvantage. I didn't greet it with a warm smile. I crossed my arms, furrowed my brow, and dared it to prove my preconceived notions wrong.

It proceeded to exceed my expectations. It made me feel for its characters and forced me to care about McQueen's journey, both to California and to a different viewpoint on life. Sure, the "slow down and enjoy the scenery" message may seem a little routine, but it's a message I took to heart.

Immediately following the movie I was on the Internet looking up information regarding Route 66. I'm now ready for a road trip void of interstates and efforts to beat my best time. I feel like slowing down a bit and exploring the unknown. Give me the scenic route, and give me more finely-tuned, detailed movies like Cars. That's all I ask. Two hours of entertainment that make me care, even if briefly, about something other than myself and what goal has to be accomplished next.

See? It was simple, really. At least Pixar made it look that way.


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