Pixar Animation Studios Released 2006


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John Lasseter

Cars is a 2006 animated film about an arrogant race car who learns humility after being stranded in a small town. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the hottest car on the racing circuit. Desperate to win the Piston Cup championship and attract a more lucrative sponsor, McQueen pushes his team to drive through the night to Los Angeles so that he can get to the track of the next race and get in extra practice time. The frantic journey leads to McQueen being dislodged from his convoy. He ends up in Radiator Springs where he is arrested for damaging the road during the escapades of the previous evening. Forced to do community service, he meets the various citizens of the town: Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), a broken-down truck; Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a former racer himself; and Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt), a jaunty sports car. As he develops intimate relationships with his new friends, McQueen learns that there is a lot more to life than simply winning a race.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What's surprising about this supremely engaging film is the source of its curb appeal: It has heart.

  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Periodic bursts of cleverness brighten the festivities, but they're too few and far between, and the trademark humor that appeals to adults and kids often misfires.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Both in its ingratiating vibe and bland execution, Cars is nothing if not totally, disappointingly new-age Disney.

  • Good Classic

    This movie marks the start one one of Pixar's greatest franchises.

    it's enjoyable, and provides heart for all the family.

    The voice cast and the music stand out.

    The story is quite radical too.

    Not the greatest Pixar movie, but still a damn good one.
  • Not as bad as people make it out to be

    Okay sure, the whole thing with talking cars is a stupid idea but it's not poorly executed. The jokes aren't the best but there are a few good ones. They also manage to get a couple touching scenes here, especially that ending. Is it one of the best pixar movies? Not really, but I can still enjoy it.
  • Lightning McQueen's review

    Haha! I am Lightning McQueen the wanna-be winner of the Piston Cup. My dream is to become an famous race car who can make my fans proud out there in the race track. I have my arch rival, Chick Hicks the biggest loser on the race track, who unfortunately won the Piston Cup several years ago. But life is now good in Radiator Springs. I am now married to Sally, my best friend of all time is still Mater. Wondering how cars can use computers? We use our tires to type! It is just pure magic.moreless
  • Great.

    One of the best Pixar's movies of the best.
  • Beautifully executed car fantasy

    Very appealing and well made, Even the soundtrack is perfect, with James Taylor and others

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Kids Fantasy, Family Dramas, Computer Animation