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So I have put off seeing Cars as I've heard rather bad things about it from my friends and it's the lowest scored Pixar film on Rotten Tomatoes, but I've always had this curiosity of watching it given it IS Pixar and can Pixar really make a bad movie?
Hot-shot rookie race car Lightning McQueen could make history by winning the Piston Cup, but an unseen three-way tie sends the three cars to a tie-breaker race a week later in California. Whilst making his way to the race, Lightning McQueen gets stranded in Radiator Springs, where he causes havoc and is held captive until he makes amends. Will he make it to the race in time?
The first thing is notice is the stunning driving imagery. The scenery as it zooms by makes it almost like you are sitting in the back seat with the windows down. The attention to detail to road signs and traffic lights really add depth to this world of living cars.
At just under two hours long, the film does feel slightly tired and overlong but the initially cocky and unlikeable Lightning soon warms to the audience as the film increases in humour. It progresses with a typical turn though the ending was not as predictable as you would've thought and it did end lighthearted and sweet.
Owen Wilson- Lightning mcQueen
Paul Newman- Doc Hudson
Bonnie Hunt- Sally Carrera
Larry the Cable Guy- Mater
Michael Keaton- Chick Hicks
'Cars' was definitely not as bad as I thought it would be given the reviews and word of mouth comments. It's probably the Pixar movie I felt least connected with emotionally but it was still enjoyable and had some nice visual details. It was slightly too long but the unpredictable and 'aww' ending does make up for it. Also, the end credit scenes was perhaps the highlight of the movie and made me chuckle :)
Now I only have Cars 2 to watch before having seen all of Pixar's feature films. Bring it on.
Absolutely brilliant and entertaining Disney Pixar film. My 2 boys sit through the entire film at any opportunity, which is pretty much every day. They are glued to the screen from beginning to end.
The story of Rookie race car Lightening McQueen. All he wants is to win the Piston Cup and become sponsored by Dinoco, rather than Rusteze with all his run down, rusty friends. That is until he gets lost on his journey to the Piston Cup competition and ends up destroying a little town called Radiator Springs, a very run down place then call upon him to rebuild the roads on Route 66 before letting him leave.
It's during his time in Radiator Dprings he learns that friendship isn't about the way the other cars look it's about who they are. Meeting lots of well loved characters along the way, including the loveable Mator, he realises who his true friends are and that winning the Piston Cup may not be all it's cracked out to be.
A lovely story for the whole family to enjoy over and over again. This is a well loved dvd in our house and definitely worth the £8 or so that I payed for it. Also with an excellent soundtrack that the children sing along to.
Amazing as always from Disney Pixar.
A rookie talking racing car with one aim in mind. To win the Piston Cup and become the sponsored car of the expensive looking Dinoco team. After all, a rookie working his way to the top doesn't want to be sponsored by Rust-Eze - A rust treatment for old cars. All isn't as easy as it seems for Lightning as the Piston cup ends in a three way tie between himself, a retiring veteran named 'The King' and constant runner up, Chick Hicks.
It's racing as you've never seen it before complete with a hint of thrills and spills. Plus brilliant animation. Witness the highs of being a star in the making and lows of life in an old town called Radiator Springs where Lightning has to re-build the road he accidently destroyed while running from the sheriff as Lightning thought he was shooting at him. Watch the start of an unlikely friendship with a rusty old tow truck that's full of life called Mater and venture through a journey in which we all learn that winning isn't everything. We also get to see Radiator Springs be transformed into the thriving route it once was. The highlight of Cars for me was the fact that the history of Route 66 is told and how it's not used as much anymore due to a new short cut (Highway) being built. The ending doesn't disappoint either and is guaranteed to make you smile. Want a film with a story that you can watch more than once? Choose cars. 100% fun!
+Animated Short films "Mater and the Ghostlight" & "One Man Band"
+Inspiration For Cars
+Deleted Scenes & More
Imagine a world where there are no human beings and all the worlds populations in all the countries and continents are cars or vehicles of some form that all have their own personality, well once you get over that concept then you have a rather enjoyable film that took me completely by surprise. The film is produced by Pixar who have previously delivered the Toy Story trilogy and The Incredibles have again given a multi level film that the kids will enjoy and the adults will cherish given the humour and the extremely impressive high quality that has been presented.
The plot is a good one, Lightning McQueen is a rookie race car, having just been in a three-way tie means that a race off has to take place a week later to decide the overall winner of the Piston Cup. To get to the track on time means that an overnight journey of driving across country has to take place and en route to California McQueen literally falls off the back of the lorry thanks to a gang of cars (that look like that have just been lifted from The Fast and The Furious). The gang play gentle soothing music that sends Mack the carrier to sleep as his going along the road; accidentally McQueen is let loose out of the back of the carrier rolling across junctions, narrowly missing vehicles and ends up in the backwater of a town called Radiator Springs. On his arrival in the town McQueen causes havoc and as punishment has to resurface the main road through the town. The first thing that got me was the similarities to the Michael J Fox film Doc Hollywood, in fact the plot, the actions and the ending are the same. However the different thing is that this is a lot more enjoyable to watch given the lengths the writers have gone to get this film made and to inject a lot of humour that doesn't detract from the story.
Given the writing and the general feel good feel of the film it has to be said that the voice artists that take part in the film have added that extra dimension that makes the characters of the animation come to life that little bit more. I'm not a great fan of Owen Wilson as I personally think that he is a one trick pony in the majority of his films and plays the same characters throughout. Thankfully here we don't get to see him and just hear him instead; he plays Lightning McQueen an enthusiastic, arrogant yet energetic young contender for the Piston Cup, and whilst being trapped in Radiator Springs has the epiphany that he discovers just who he is and what he has to offer others around him. Wilson plays the part well and doesn't necessarily over play the part at all. Wilson comes into his own when McQueen is competing as you hear the voice change.
Sadly this was Paul Newman's last film before he passed away and the role that Newman plays of Doc Hudson is integral for the evolution of McQueen. To be honest I didn't even recognise it was Newman till half way through the film. Doc Hudson is the older and far more mature car in the film and can be seen as the mentor to others around him. Given Newman's involvement in car racing in was a good choice to have him as a voice artist in the film.
Backing up these two are a cast that may not be well known by name but are recognisable in person, Micheal Keaton who played Batman, Bonnie Hunt who is a Pixar regular and Tony Shalhoub, who some will remember was the lead in the TV series Monk. There is also a part of McQueen's agent called Harv, played by Jeremy Clarkson. It is strange to hear his voice on-screen as you never see the character he plays and therefore just hear a voice. A voice that you can tell is reading the script as he says it.
The thing that I like about a good Pixar film is that the colours are bright and every scene is a master piece with regards to the way it is drawn and presented to the audience. In essence this helps build a picture of a familiar world to the audience but with a lot of differences in which the world is populated. Every vehicle whether it's a car or plane has its own character and look that is unique to the vehicle itself and although throughout the film you never see a door open or a scene inside a car at all, it does tend to make you think what is actually inside. In fact even the windscreens are used as the face and this provides an area for features such as frowning and even so the level of characterisation that can be given to car is virtually endless. The appearance of the cars themselves are based mainly on 1950's vehicles, this applies to the cars in Radiator Springs which as a sub plot has its own problems that McQueen can help out with especially as the town has recently been bi-passed for a new interstate highway. McQueen is the catalyst of the story for change and even though he has caused a whole heap of trouble for the townsfolk, he can also be the person that causes the change for the best.
The animation is smooth, extremely smooth, and again looks to have taken a significant leap when comparing the style to The Incredibles. In the scenes set at the races, each frame has so much happening in it as the whole complex is full of cars in the same way that humans would occupy a venue of this nature and there is a cacophony of sound and colour that is in such abundance that you cannot help but to take it in with your eyes moving all about the screen as the story opens. This is also the longest offering that Pixar have made and at 117 minutes in length is a good way of spending two hours, I was expecting the film to drag throughout the middle section, but was surprised when I looked at the clock and saw that I had only 20 minutes left! The pace is at a good aped and yes the film does deviate from the main story now and then as other factors come in and get introduced into the mix. My favourite being the tractors who seem to be a target of the Towtruck, yet even they are given there opportunity to get revenge with the help of the Combine Harvester and this just goes to show that everyone plays a part in the story, which is well scripted.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it, I knew that as a Pixar film that it was going to be quality piece of entertainment, yet I didn't expect that that I would enjoy this as much as I did. The manner in which the characters integrate with each other whether its through dialogue or actions on screen is fluid in its movement and with the addition of a car based soundtrack then the film is the complete package of entertainment and a film that I would watch again and again and one that I can watch as a guilty pleasure without the kids being with me.
It's a small wonder why Disney decided to buy Pixar after the release of this film. Cars 2 is on its way!
Apparently, there is a parallel universe where we all take the form of a car. Or perhaps the entire population of the southern states of North America are dominated by colourful vehicles with smiley faces on the front of them - I don't know, I've never been! I jest, of course. Disney Pixar Cars is not based on a true story whatsoever, but is one of the finest stories that Pixar have ever produced. I find the film very underrated, especially next to the likes of Monsters Inc., The Incredibles and of course, Finding Nemo, but, being part of the Pixar franchise, was watched and loved by many nonetheless.
The beauty of Pixar films is that they can be watched and enjoyed by children and adults alike. There are many animated films out there, and although I've liked a few of them, none of them even come close to any of the Pixar films. I believe Pixar to be 100 times better than Dreamworks! Pixar films are very clever, intelligent, hilarious (to all) and aesthetically beautiful. Not only are the graphics so easy on the eye, but the way in which they craft the screen with fantastic landscapes and striking colours is sublime. A bit about the plot of Cars, now...
Lightning Mcqueen - the racer who has taken the racing industry by storm. Entering the Piston Cup as a rookie racer, no one expected him to do well at all. Yet he surprised everyone, winning many a race, next to The King and Chick Hicks. In the final race, the three cars are tied with points, each having 5103 each (or something like that). Cocky Mcqueen decides to skip the pit stop before his final few laps, only to find that his wheel decides to give way as he approaches the finish line. Practically hopping to the end, with The King and Chick Hicks on his tail, can he win the race..?
The race is a tie, and so they must head to California for a final deciding race, between only them three cars. Not only do they each want to win the race, but Chick Hicks and Mcqueen both want to replace The King as the face of Dinoco too. On the way to L.A., Mack, the truck in which Mcqueen is carried in, begins to get tired, but Mcqueen refuses to let him sleep because he is much too eager to get to L.A. before Chick Hicks does. However, after Mcqueen, who agreed to stay up for Mack, falls asleep, Mack begins to drift off too, leading to the accidental opening of the back door, which Mcqueen falls out of. He wakes up soon after, quickly dodging the oncoming traffic, and then deciding he needs to find Mack. He sees a truck similar, and after chasing after it, discovers it is not in fact Mack. Mcqueen is lost.
Upon trying to find the Interstate, Mcqueen comes across a small, abandoned town called Radiator Springs in Arizona. With a typical Arizonan mountainous landscape underneath a starry night sky in the background, Radiator Springs is nothing to look at exactly. The minimal residents, who each own a shop or business, wait patiently for customers, having rehearsed their lines for when customers do come. The reason it's rare to see them, is that Radiator Springs is on Route 66, which was removed from the US Highway System, and replaced by the Interstate. Lightning Mcqueen zooms into the outskirts of the town, and is chased by the Sherriff, who shoots at him. In disarray, Mcqueen ends up causing mayhem, and completely wrecking the road that runs through the town, before being caught on a set of cables. The Sherriff keeps him there, and after undergoing a somewhat comically corrupt trial, is forced to stay there to repair the road. Will Mcqueen get out of the town before the big race?
Cars is a tale of substance - substance which many of the Pixar films lack. Although, like I say, most definitely not based on a true story, the use of solely vehicles as the characters in the film is vital. The story of Cars is very pastoral. The sentimentality is raw, portrayed through the residents of Radiator Springs. When Lightning Mcqueen stumbles across little Radiator Springs, he stumbles into the past, where the residents still mourn for the downfall of Route 66 and the brash replacement that is the Interstate. The two are representative - Route 66 of these residents, and the Interstate of people like Lightning - a 'new boy'. The Interstate disturbed Route 66 like Lightning interrupted Radiator Springs and its inhabitants.
The characterisation in Cars is just excellent - characterisation like I've never seen before in an animated film. Yes, Pixar always create personalities that are so life-like and realistic, which is endearing, but I feel that Cars is characterisation at its finest. Lightning Mcqueen, played by Owen Wilson, is cocky and selfish - a real unlikeable character. As a viewer, you immediately feel compassion and sympathy for the colourful residents of Radiator Springs, and feel like Lightning Mcqueen is interrupting their peace. First there is Mater, played by American comedian 'Larry the Cable Guy', who is the goofy halfwit who befriends Lightning, despite his raw arrogance. Then there's Sally, the Porsche, played by Bonnie Hunt, who Lightning feels a growing attachment to. My favourite character is most definitely Luigi, played by Tony Shalhoub, who plays the Italian fantastically and hilariously. The late, great Paul Newman plays the mysterious, but grumpy, Doc Hudson, and does so very well. Each of the residents of Radiator Springs have such distinct characterisation, and it's refreshing. John Ratzenberger also reprises his Pixar role, having starred in every single Pixar film to date (most significantly, Hamm, in the Toy Story series). The characters are brilliant, and even the smallest of characters have such a personality that viewers can relate to.
One thing I've always loved about Pixar films is the aura that it creates, through a variety of methods. Firstly: the setting. Arizona is a beautiful state. Although it is full of orange desert, the scenery is great, and it is all seen in Cars. The music that compliments the setting is important, and Cars' soundtrack is perfect. Split into two, the music contains a selective array of Country/Blues hits that compliments the setting very well indeed, as well as some original, incidental music provided by Randy Newman, who provided the music for many a Pixar film - most significantly, the Toy Story series ('You've got a friend in me?', anyone?). Music, as I often argue, is the finest of the arts, and has magical qualities that can heighten atmospheres massively, and also the viewer's (or listener's) experience. The aesthetics are also beautifully crafted in Pixar films. When I was a child, Pizza Planet from Toy Story always stuck out for me. Although Cars does not quite achieve such a dazzling on-screen display, the neon lights of Radiator Springs and the darkness at night have qualities too, as well as the many colours of the different cars. In fact, the on-screen display is not much compared to many other Pixar films, like A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and Wall E.
Another element of Pixar films is how fun it is. One thing I would say about Cars is that it doesn't evoke the same feeling of fun as Monsters Inc., Toy Story and The Incredibles does, but it is very fun nonetheless. The main theme: cars, is one which many younger people love, especially the male kind. Perhaps this film is in fact aimed towards the male audience? Whether it is or not, and whether you like cars or not (I'm not a particular fan!), you will thoroughly enjoy this film.
Finally: the humour. Pixar tops Dreamworks and all other animation studios 1000 to one in terms of humour. Okay, it's not exactly fall-of-your-seat laughter, but this film is funny! For children, I'm sure they would laugh a lot more than I did. For example, the Meter-invented sport of 'Tractor Tipping', where they honk their horns at sleeping tractors (which symbolise the human world cows, for some reason), which make them fall on their back sides. For adults, there are enough double-entendres and representations (as well as sneaky moments of adult humour) to keep them entertained from start to finish.
Cars is an extraordinary film. If it wasn't for the milestone that Toy Story set back in 1995, being the first computer-animated film, I would say that it is the finest of the Pixar films. Pixar films are often about the magical feeling they evoke. Although Cars doesn't evoke that feeling as much as some of the other Pixar animations, that does not affect the brilliance of this film. The story is moving and voluminous, whilst the characters have such depth (much of which is unexplained), creating a unique state of multi-interpretability - for an animated film, at least. The film is full of metaphor, and features an underlying mourning message: the world is changing. Although Route 66 was replaced back in the mid-80s, the vast array of writers are perhaps still in mourning. The film has so much more emotion present than all of the other Pixar films, and it is this that renders Cars such a rare and exceptional movie.
Cars is the only other Pixar film after Toy Story to be given the green light for a sequel (though a second Monsters Inc. is being discussed), the release date being June 24, 2011. That tells you something, doesn't it?
Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
Writers: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Jorgen Klubein...
Release date: 28 July 2006
Genre: Animation, comedy, action, adventure, sport, romance...
Runtime: 117 mins
I've been aware of Disney's Cars for a number of years through work but only caught snatches of it. All the children I've worked with have enjoyed it so I decided to buy it for my son last year.
The premise of the film is simple. Lightening McQueen is a race care that thinks a lot of itself. Whilst travelling to the next big race he falls out of his trailer and gets lost ending up in a small town and in trouble with the local law enforcement. He is given a community sentence to serve the town and help improve it. He finds out that there was more to the town before the new highway was built as the old road used to go through it, but now it's almost deserted the businesses are failing and as a result so is the town. He also falls in love with a local woman. Will he choose to chase his career or stay in the town where he's found true happiness....
With the voices of Owen Wilson, star of Starsky and Hutch, The Wedding Crashers and You, Me and Dupree, Michael Keaton, Batman, Batman Returns and Jack Frost, and Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Road to Perdition, it sticks to Disney's big name tradition.
This film is incredibly similar to Doc Holliwood. I felt like I was watching the children's version of it. While the story is hardly original, would we really expect anything else from Disney? The characters are appealing and the images are glossy. The soundtrack is modern and quite a good listen. As I said before I've never met a child that didn't enjoy Cars and repeatedly ask for it. We watch it at least every couple of weeks. I must admit that I'm fairly bored of it now but my son still enjoys watching it over and over and over again, so it's great value for money.
As a modern Disney Animated Film, it can be bought really cheaply at about £5 new, unlike the classic ones. It is available in many places and a variety of prices, shop around online and you can find it for about £5 with free postage. I think I got it for £5.95 online with free postage.
An entertaining film for children time and again but not for adults, once a year would be enough for me.
Cost per use: easily less than 10p
In a world filled solely by anthropomorphic cars, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson)- a rookie but highly promising racing car is in a three-way battle against two champions of racing competing in the Piston Cup. The race ends in a three way tie, though.
The tiebreaker is scheduled one week later in Los Angeles. Lightning wants to win really badly as it would mean a new sponsorhsip deal from the huge company Dinoco, and shoot him to superstardom. On the way to practice in California, Lightning is in huge rig truck Mack and makes him drive all night, despite Mack's sleepiness.
However, after a series of events, Lightning falls out of the back of the truck, fast asleep, and when he wakes up, panics and ends up finding himself in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs. After some mishaps involving the local law enforcement, the main road of the town is torn apart, and local judge Doc Hudson, who doesn't like the fancy racing car, wants Lightning to repave the road, as part of community serivce.
There, as you can guess, he starts to learn that life isn't all about big corporate sponsorship deals.
That's more or less the gist of the film, without giving away much. When I first heard of the film, I was a bit unsure about it. The premise seemed a bit ridiculous and the characters, at first glance to me, seemed a bit childish. In fact, the entire film looked more childish than other Pixar films.
However, as an animation student, I felt I owed it to Pixar to watch it, and, after all, it was directed by John Lasseter - founder of Pixar, current Chief Creative Officer at Disney and the director of the two Toy Story films - certainly he had the credentials. So I went to see it, hestiantly, and to my suprise I actually quite liked it.
While it doesn't come close in depth or character development to Wall-E, Up, Toy Story or some other classics of the studio, it's still pretty good, and much better than some of the other films the other animation companies are coming out with (Robots? Tale of Despereaux?). The characters are actually quite funny, and despite some of the silliness involved with having a world full of cars, it's quite entertaining.
As usual there's Pixar's trademark humour, and inside jokes. There was a scene at the end I found particularly good: John Ratzenberger, who's been in every single Pixar film to date, plays Mack. During the end credits, Mack goes to a drive-in featuring car versions of Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and A Bug's Life. Mack praises the John Ratzenberger characters at first, until he realizes... "Wait a minute...they're just using the same guy! What kind of cheap, cut-rate production is this?" Made me howl with laughter.
Anyway back to the review, while Cars wasn't great in terms of originality of stories, it makes up for in the concept. It's a difficult thing to pull off, an entire world inhabited only by cars, but Lasseter pulls it off excellently. While certainly not the best Pixar movie, it's not the car-wreck I thought it was going to be.
It's funny, entertaining, and has some great voice acting (and some pretty cool car cameos as well). To say that it's Pixar's worst film is pretty ture, in my opinion, but that certainly doesn't mean it's a bad film. Worth a watch with the kids.
Cars was released in 2006, produced by Pixar. It has a runtime of approximately 117 minutes and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £6.
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
During a trip to the biggest race of the year, Lightning Mcqueen gets sidetracked in a small town after damaging their road. He has got to get it repaired in time for him to make the big race.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
I wasn't sure about this movie when I first saw it. An animated movie about talking cars didn't really appeal to me. However, after a friend recommended it to me I decided to give it a watch - and loved it.
Right from the start I knew I was going to enjoy it. It wasn't the childish and pointless movie I was expecting, why did I ever doubt Pixar? On top of the complete contrast as to what I was expecting, I also found out Owen Wilson, one of my favourite actors was the main voice as Lighting McQueen.
The story itself is a good one a keeps you interested all the way through, despite not moving along at much pace at all. This ability to hold your attention, while not really going anywhere is due to the quality of the parts in between. It's just enjoyable the whole way through and it is very funny.
The characters in this movie are some of the best animated movies have to offer. All of the characters are extremely likeable, especially Mater an old and rusted pick-up truck. Luigi and Guido are two of the smaller characters that own and work in a car shop, but what they make up for in quantity they make up for in quality.
The animation throughout the movie is like the other aspects - flawless. The cars and the landscapes are superbly put together, with the just the right amount of detail and shine to make everything look excellent, but still clearly a proper animation and not some kind of simulation.
Overall this is one of my favourite animated movies. It has everything you could want from a movie. If you, like me, weren't too interested about seeing this then I would recommend reconsidering. The sequel is expected to be released in 2011 and I can't wait. Excellent movie.
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)
Disneys cars was written and directed by John Lasseter and was released in the UK in 2006.
The film is about a hot shot race car, Lightning Mcqueen, who ends up falling out of his truck whilst on his way to California for the Piston Cup race. He finds himself by himself on the motorway and in a panic gets lost on root 66 and ends up in a sleepy little town called Radiator Springs. During his panic he tares up the road and is arrested and ordered by Doc to fix the road before he is able to leave.
Lightning McQueen learns some very valuable lessons and makes some unlikely friendships. But will he be able to make it to California and win the Piston Cup?
This film is a wonderful Disney tale packed full with witty humour and fantastic music.
My little boy loves this film, I do think it is aimed primarily at boys but I do know that a couple of his girl friends enjoy the film too. It's a really lovely story for kids and its very different to Disney's usual films.
I think this film will continue to be loved for a long time, the characters are great and each have their own quirky personality.
Lightning McQueen - is a hot shot race car, initially Lightning want little to do with the other cars and believes he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Mater - Mater is rusty dumb tow truck, he is made to keep an eye on Lightning whilst he does his community service but the two soon end up striking a great friendship.
Doc Hudson - is a 1951 Hudson Hornet and is Radiator Springs judge, doctor and mayor but he also hold a secret, which is revelled later in the film.
Sally - is a sassy porsche who soon has Lightning running rings around her.
There are many more fascinating cars featured in the film, the animation is absolutely genius, and the cars are all lovable kinds of characters.
Cars is a great Disney Film for all the family.
Cars is Pixar's (now part of Disney) 7th feature length film, coming after The Incredibles (2004) and before Ratatouille (2007), (both are better). The film was directed by Joe Ranft and John Lassester (now the main man at Disney) and was released in 2006.
The film is set in a world of Cars (who are alive of course), with the voice cast featuring Owen Wilson (Starsky and Hutch, Zoolander), Paul Newman (Cool hand Luke, The Hustler), and a ton of celebrities (Michael Keaton, Michael Schumacher, Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno and more).
Wilson 'plays'/ voices, Lightning McQueen a brash young racing car who has hit the big time on the circuit and we follow him as he is lost on route to a deciding race to see who will win the season and lift the Cup (type thing); he instead finds him self in Radiator Springs a little town which is now a bit run down since it no longer gets cars driving through it (that darn highway!).
There he meets Paul Newman's 'Doc Hudson' the towns sheriff, who decides Lightning must stay and fix the road he damaged (by accident) and meets 'Sally' voiced by Bonnie Hunt, who he has an attraction to. Will he find out the real reasons of living and how to be happy? Fall in love? Of course but the story is always sweet enough and just about funny enough you'll watch the weak plot until the end anyway.
The film hits all the right buttons, sweet but not too sickly, funny, some interesting characters, but its just not as inspired as any of the other Pixar (films perhaps A Bug's Life), the minor characters are not as funny as they should be (exception being Mater) and the Lightning McQueen and Sally characters are just a bit meh for leads, with no sparks or chemistry (or laughs) for you to really care that much about them.
The odd highlight's include a running gag about tipping some cows (tractors) and Mater in general, as well as the amazing look of the film some of the detail is pretty awe inspiring at time and in that aspect is possibly the best looking Pixar film with Wall-E.
It's an ok film just not amazing and I feel is more suited to the under ten's then any other Pixar movie. You'll watch it but you probably won't want to watch it again for a long time. Hopefully Cars 2 will be a lot better.
Disney's Cars is by far one of the best animated films I've seen. The story is such that it appeals to adults and children alike. The story follows the adventures of Lightning McQueen, a rookie race car trying to be the first ever rookie winner of the Piston Cup.
The final race of the season aims to settle a three way tie between Lightning and his two closest rivals; The King (who has won the Piston Cup for many years) and the bad guy Chick Hicks who isn't averse to using dirty tactics to try and win. On the way to this race Lightning becomes separated from his trusty truck "Mack" and ends up in a little town called Radiator Springs just off Route 66. The film then follows his trials and tribulations to get to his race, with him making many friends along the way.
I only ended up watching this film because I thought it might entertain my two year old son, but weeks later Cars was still the only DVD he would entertain watching! Even now at three and a half he's still completely Cars mad and loves anything Lightning McQueen!
The animation is excellent and the attention to detail is absolutely superb. No one could fail to love Cars - it's a real winner!
This lovely feel good Disney Pixar collaboration was my son's first and favourite experience of Disney, to the point where he wanted all of the merchandise that comes with the film, the cards, the various toys, etc. It's a heart warming film with a message of morals and doing the right thing, and some really exciting moments as well.
It cleverly gives us the world of Nascar racing but portraying the cars as the characters. Lightning McQueen is the hot young race car who is all ego and money and fame. Heading to the deciding race of the season, he takes a wrong turn and ends up in Radiator Springs, a once thriving town now desolate due to the lack of through traffic. Here, he gets into trouble, causes havoc, and meets a whoe range of interesting characters. He even learns the difference between right and wrong!
The characters are what makes this brilliant. Owen Wilson voices Lightning, and does so brilliantly. Visually he is in your face and cocky, a perfect contrast to the humble and wordly wise Doc Hudson, voiced by Paul Newman. Then there is Ramon, with his suped up suspension, and love interest Daisy, as well as Guido, the fastest pit stop car never given the chance.
The animation is done really well, with the cars having a lot of flexibility that helps with the humanisation of their movements. The whole thing really is done very well. The music is also excellent, with the theme tune from Rascal Flatts rocking out in a really feel good way.
It comes fitted with all the usual Disney comedy as well, facial expressions, and crafty one liners. There are a few laugh out loud moments, and it's nice to see a couple of moments that adults are likely to get that the kids probably won't. Disney often do this, and it is sort of a trademark of their films over the past 10 or 15 years or so that I have noticed. It makes it more appealing to the adults who go and watch these films with their kids. Or, if you're like me, you're just happy to watch the film, regardless of whether you're the target or not. I enjoy them either way, and Cars is a very clever concept transformed magically onto screen.
Overall, it's a wonderfully made Disney Pixar film, and the animation is excellent. Smooth lines and vibrant colours help immensely with the enjoyment factor, and it's a really easy film to watch. The catchy soundtrack and the good choice of voice actors overall make this one of my favourite Disney Pixar collaborative films. It is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £5.98, which is a good price for a Disney film. Recommended.
I'm sure you have all realised by now that I love Pixar films. Somehow I totally forgot about Cars and I have only just watched it and I am glad that I finally have!
Released in 2006, Cars is the 7th film from Pixar Studios.
This film really reminds me of Thomas The Tank Engine in the way that the Cars are alive. They live in a world where the cars are the people. I think that makes sense!
Cars is a story about a hot-shot race car called Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) who is travelling to the championship deciding race in California when and gets lost in the way. He is stuck in the middle of no-where and as he is speeding to the race he gets stopped by Sheriff and has to fix the road that he has ruined before he can leave. Lightning McQueen finds himself stranded in the small town of Radiator Springs and he has to learn to adapt to a small town life away from the lights and glamour that he is used to!
As with all Pixar film the animation is fantastic. The Cars are very cartoony, bright and colourful and this is why Cars is a big hit with yougsters but the themes that run through the film are quite adult so it can be enjoyed by people of all age!
Cars takes it's inspiration from the true to life tale of Route 66 in America. Route 66 used to be a main road that ran across the width of USA but when an Intersection was built to make travelling easier, no-one passed through Route 66 any more and a lot of towns and business' on the route struggled to survive. This is shown in Cars by showing how Radiator Springs used to be a bustling town on a busy road that was nearly destroyed by a Motorway taking away all of its visitors.
Pixar researched the world of NASCAR racing to take inspiration for the race scenes and even though the cars are very cartoony the racing looks great and is very believable. I love motorsport and I think Cars can explain a little of how racing works to children and if it can help introduce kids to the world of motorsport then that's great!
This film is written and directed by John Lasseter who also wrote and directed both Toy Story films and A Bug's Life. He produced Finding Nemo, Up, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Monsters Inc! He is very much at the heart of what Pixar does best!
I love the way that everything in the world of Cars is a car, there are cars watching cars race... even the flies are cars!
As Cars is a few years old now it can be bought very cheaply. The DVD is £5.99 on Play.com at the moment and I have seen it in HMV for about £5 so it is well worth adding to your Pixar collection.
There are a lot of extras on the DVD with a sort film about the Tow-truck in the film (He's called Mater, as in Tow-mater... Towmater Tomato! Haha) and a great documentary about the real Route 66 and it's links to Cars.
Cars is a very enjoyable film and like all Pixar made films, if you like one, you will like them all! Great Pixar film. Watch out for Mater, he is such a great character and his voice is so funny!
The only reason I am giving it 4 Dooyoo stars is because I find the characters a bit too childish looking but the story and the racing elements make it very watchable for adults too.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Pixar have an incredibly immaculate track record as animated filmmakers; from their origins with the seminal Toy Story, they have consistently released brilliant films, and while Cars didn't get as much love generally as most of Pixar's canon, it's still a brilliant film with stunning animation and charming performances. It is also notable as the final film of Paul Newman, who died last year.
The film revolves around a group of anthropomorphic cars, with an extensive and brilliantly varied cast, including funnyman Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, classic stoner Cheech Marin, George Carlin (who died not too long after the film came out), Larry the Cable Guy, Batman himself: Michael Keaton, Entourage's Jeremy Piven, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., presenters Bob Costas and Jay Leno, and Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher.
The film's protagonist is Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), a very robust vehicle that winds up damage and off the road in the seemingly desolate area of Radiator Springs, where he meets a cast of colourful characters, all other cars, who help fix him up and teach him what it means to be friends, given how his whole life he has just thought for himself.
This is another impressive film from Pixar, and I was amused at how many adult jokes there were while still appealing to kids: one joke referencing Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd in particular was rather amusing. It's also superbly acted by its extensive cast, and has a warm and endearing message at its warm core. Cars is a great CGI animated film of surprisingly high quality, Cars features humour that can grip both children and adults, and a superbly-written story to boot. This takes me back to the days of Toy Story.
I am not a big fan of animated movies, therefore when this film was released in 2006 I did not go to watch it. However now my boys are getting a bit older they are at an age where they like to watch television and my dad is always buying them DVDs, whether it be a animated movie or the latest series of Power Rangers or Ben 10.
Cars is one DVD that they have had for about 6 months and in that 6 months it has been on our TV many times. I don't know what it is about kids that they can just watch the same thing over and over again but it drives me crazy. Anyway I have now seen this film quite a few times.
Cars is made by Disney and Pixar. Everybody knows that Disney is just the best there is at making children's films. I remember watching many Disney films when I was a child, they really are timeless classics. Pixar are the creators of The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, both very successful films.
Cars is a film about cars and in particular one car, Lightening McQueen.
Lightening McQueen is a hotshot rookie car about to take part in a very important race, being the favourite to win all eyes are on him. However on his way to the race he takes a detour and finds himself stranded in Radiator Springs. This is a forgotten town on the famous Routte 66.
In Radiator Springs Lightening McQueen meets some interesting and quirky characters; Sally, Marter and Doc Hudson. They help him discover that there is more to life than just winning races and trophies. He not only goes on a journey to get to the race in time but he also goes on a life journey.
The film follows Lightening McQueens attempt to get back to for the race, will he make it in time? Will he win the race? It is definetely worth a watch to find out.
I actually enjoyed this film, once you start watching it actually gets you quite hooked. It was funny in parts and I think it is a great film for adults and children.
The film is 116 minutes and on the DVD there are bonus features:
Mater and the Ghostlight
One Man Band
Inspiration For Cars
I haven't actually watched the bonus features so I am unsure if they are any good.
Cars is a good film but then most films from Disney are. I enjoyed watching it the first time but when it's on for the 10th time you get a little fed up of watching it.
There's an extra coat of hot wax on Pixar's vibrant, NASCAR-influenced comedy about a world populated entirely by cars. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the slick rookie taking the Piston Cup series by storm when the last race of the season (the film's high-octane opening) ends in a three-way tie. On the way to the tie-breaker race in California, Lightning loses his way off Route 66 in the Southwest desert and is taught to stop and smell the roses by the forgotten citizens of Radiator Springs. It's odd to have such a slim story from the whizzes of Pixar, and the film pales a bit from their other films (though can that be a fair comparison?). Nonetheless, Cars is another gleaming ride with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's directing for the first time since Toy Story 2. There's the usual spectrum of excellent characters teamed with appropriate voice talent, loads of smooth humor for kids and parents alike, knockout visuals, and a colorful array of sidekicks, including a scene-stealing baby blue forklift named Guido. Lightning's plight is changed with the help of former big-city lawyer Sally Carrera (Pixar veteran Bonnie Hunt), the town's patriarch Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and kooky tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to break the 100-minute barrier, but had enough story not to suffer; Cars, at 116 minutes (including some must-see end credit footage), is not as fortunate, plus it never pierces the heart. Trivia fans should have bonanza with the frame-by-frame DVD function; the movie is stuffed with in-jokes, some appearing only for an instant. Ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas