Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters.
|Release Date||:||June 8, 2006|
|Genres||:||Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Joe Ranft, Susan E. Levin|
|Writers||:||Dan Fogelman, Joe Ranft, John Lasseter, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin, Jorgen Klubien, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Jorgen Klubien|
|Casts||:||Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Jenifer Lewis, Paul Dooley, Michael Wallis, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton, Joe Ranft, Richard Petty, Jeremy Piven, Bob Costas, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Kind, Edie McClurg, Humpy Wheeler, Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi, Lynda Petty, Andrew Stanton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Schumacher, Jay Leno, Sarah Clark, Mike Nelson, Joe Ranft, Jonas Rivera, Lou Romano, Adrian Ochoa, E.J. Holowicki, Elissa Knight, Lindsey Collins, Larry Benton, Douglas Keever, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John Ratzenberger, Dave Foley, John Ratzenberger, Vanness Wu|
|Plot Keywords||:||car race, car journey, village and town, road, auto, route 66, wrecker, porsche, retirement, media, friendship, sport, animation, los angeles, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger, pixar|
I had my doubts. I knew that Pixar would fail this time around. No way were they going to pull this off for a seventh time.
I was very, very wrong.
I went to see a special screening of "Cars" a few weeks ago, and this movie blew me away. The animation is gorgeous, the story brings a smile to your face, and you can't help falling in love with all of the colorful characters. It definitely has that genuine Pixar "heart" that you rarely see in any other CGI film. At first I thought the movie would be centered around a lot of NASCAR-like racing, but it really wasn't, much to my surprise (and pleasure). This movie is definite Pixar gold. I absolutely loved it.
Although I don't want to give any spoilers away, I will say that my favorite scene would have to be when Mater drags McQueen out to do a bit of "Tractor Tipping". The whole theater was filled with laughter. Heck, it even got some laughs out of me, which is rare when it comes to a kid's movie.
Be there on opening night. This is movie is worth all of your time and money.