Cars

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Pixar Animation Studios Released 2006

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Director:
John Lasseter
Released:
2006
Rating:
G

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.

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  • 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.

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Kids Fantasy, Family Dramas, Computer Animation