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Cars (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

A Pixar movie directed by John Lasseter

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  • Mar 16, 2011
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This is currently the only Pixar film that has under 90 on the Tomatometer, like A Bug's Life is the only one under a 95 (besides this). I personally agree that it isn't quite as good as the other pixar films like Toy Story and Monsters Inc, but it still has the heart, humour, and technical brilliance that is standard in Pixar. Plus hey, it was good enough to warrant a sequel, which I can't wait to see.

An animated movie that is based on cars is a rather peculiar idea, but I think they pulled it off rather well. The movie is bright and colourful and filled with great scenes, but I think the one thing that prevented it from being a total great film is the lack of sophistication and not quite as deep an emotional context as the Pixar film. I suppose this could be called Pixar's "worst" film (a title which I don't think is true), no matter the fact that it is impossible for Pixar to make a bad film.

Cars is set in the racing scene, where the main character is Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), a cocky racecar who dreams of winning the Piston Cup and being sponsored by Dinoco. The race at the beginning of the film ends in a 3-way tie where the race to California for the next race begins. Lightning accidentally tears up a section of Route 66 that runs through a nice rustic little town called Radiator Springs. While being sentenced to fix the road, he meets all sorts of colourful characters like Mater the rusty old tow truck, Luigi the owner of the tire store, Sally the stylish porsche who somewhat serves as his romantic interest, and Fillmore, the hippie car that sells organic fuel. Plus, he meets the gruff Doc, a former racecar (secretly) who runs Radiator Springs and serves as sort of the antagonist to this feature.

I was around ten when this came out and I adored it back then. This movie has aged pretty well with me now but if I had written this review when I was ten, I would have given this a 100 but my views now have changed and became more objective. I love the general rustic feel of the movie while still being shiny and new and modern. For those of you who don't understand what I mean when I say that is I love the feel of radiator springs while I still love the feel of the shiny new modern car arenas. I also loved the design of the cars themselves despite the fact that sentient cars was a rather peculiar idea for a movie. Then again, so was sentient toys and that made one of the greatest movies of all time.

The animation is stellar, but I think I already said that with the previous remarks about the rustic feel and the shiny new car racing set pieces, so I'll move on. I suppose people were a bit disappointed with this because they had come to expect a higher standard from Pixar and this is a bit less sophisticated in its story and whatnot compared to films like Toy Story and WALL-E (which is my personal least favourite Pixar film), but I still loved it and I loved the fact that it wasn't trying to be the greatest kids film on earth. The voice cast is pretty good too, the best being the late great Paul Newman as Doc Hudson (the former race car).

I don't really have much else to say about this except that I think it is actually underrated by the moviewatching community and it remains as one of my favourite animated films ever. It's not Pixar's greatest film, but I don't think it deserves to be hated and it deserves at least an 80 on RT. Animated beautifully, filled with great humour and heart, Cars is a wonderful movie that I would recommend to anyone. I also can't wait to see how they made the sequel into a spy-esque thriller and I am hoping to see it in theatres. And with that I temporarily end Animation Domination, seeing as my next coming review will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Don't worry though, I will be resuming my animation watching sometime soon, hopefully with Gnomeo and Juliet. But tomorrow will be predominately live-action films.

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review by . November 02, 2008
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review by . August 20, 2008
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review by . September 18, 2007
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review by . November 15, 2006
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review by . November 08, 2006
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review by . October 23, 2006
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review by . August 15, 2006
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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,Carsis another gleaming ride with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's directing for the first time sinceToy 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 Incredibleswas 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 ...
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Director: Joe Ranft
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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