Directed By: John Lasseter

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A hilarious, action-packed adventure into the unique world of cars where lovable and unique characters teach us that life is a wonderful highway to be enjoyed for the journey, not the destination.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202925443
UPC 786936723601
UPC 14 00786936723601
Format DVD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Animated Characters
Race Cars
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Talking cars rediscover the quirky originality of middle America in this inventive animated film from the folks at Pixar (TOY STORY, FINDING NEMO). Owen Wilson does the voice of arrogant rookie racecar Lightning McQueen, who winds up stranded in the small desert town of Radiator Springs on his way west to a big showdown. Sentenced to community service after literally tearing up the road in a high-speed chase, at first all Lightning can think of is getting back to the world of corporate sponsorship and merchandising tie-ins he loves so well. Eventually, however, the eccentric residents of Radiator Springs begin to grow on him, especially the attractive lady Porsche lawyer (Bonnie Hunt) and a rusty old tow-truck (Larry the Cable Guy). There's also a hippie Volkswagen (George Carlin), a low-riding T-bird (Cheech Martin) and Paul Newman as the gruff, curmudgeonly Doc Hudson, the town judge who harbors his own checkered-flag past. The story may not be new, but Pixar's precision-engineered animation brilliantly illuminates the town and its surrounding cactus-studded vistas down to the minutest detail, and director/writer John Lasseter keeps the film's satiric wit and generous heart in perfect alignment. Adults in the audience should appreciate the film's celebration of old-school American eccentricity, and the kids will dig all the thunderous grit and high-octane wheel burning. Randy Newman composed the score; James Taylor sings one of the songs.
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "CARS is family fun, brimming with surprises....A class act all the way. Pixar does it again." 06/15/2006 p.106
Los Angeles Times "[Powered] by warmth, emotion and good-hearted charm. It offers the kinds of sensations all Hollywood once did, and it makes us remember why those films made us care..." 06/09/2006 p.E1
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "As a technical achievement, CARS is peerless....[The cars] are alive and the team has faithfully crafted an environment for the characters." 06/01/2006 p.38
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "CARS is all about shifting to a lower gear, getting out of the fast lane and how the journey in life is its own reward." 07/01/2006 p.62
Sight and Sound "The voice-cast is given a lift by Paul Newman, whose deep tones dignify his character....Its eye-boggling giant stadiums and desert vistas fill the biggest cinema screen..." 08/01/2006 p.66
Entertainment Weekly "When it comes to unlikely anthropomorphization, Pixar isn't afraid to raise the bar." -- Grade: A 11/17/2006 p.107,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "John Lasseter's witty, enchanting, gorgeously designed NASCAR fantasia is a luscious piece of American pop art..." 12/29/2006 p.108
Premiere "[A]ll of its automobiles brim with personality....The story makes some typically Pixar points on community and friendship, and the design and animation is typically thrilling." 12/01/2006 p.129
John Lasseter
Name Wilson,Owen
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Bonnie Hunt - Voice Of
Cheech Marin - Voice Of
Darla K. Anderson - Producer
George Carlin - Voice Of
Joe Ranft - Director
John Lasseter - Director
John Lasseter, et. al. - Writer
Ken Schretzmann - Editor
Larry the Cable Guy - Voice Of
Michael Keaton - Voice Of
Owen Wilson - Voice Of
Paul Newman - Voice Of
Randy Newman - Original Music By
Thomas Porter - Producer
Tony Shalhoub - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 3906973
UPC 00786936723601
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.39:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Although Cars is arguably the weakest animated feature to emerge from the virtual drawing board at this successful company, it's also the best animated film to come along since Disney distributed The Incredibles. The flaws in Cars relate to how younger viewers will see the film - it's a little too long and a little too slow. While adults may not mind sitting through "filler," children, with their notoriously short attention spans, may become restless...The humor, as is typical of Pixar, is comprised of jokes aimed at all age ranges. Some of the comedy will go over the heads of younger viewers, but there are plenty of gags for the junior members of the audience.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The message in "Cars" is simplicity itself: Life was better in the old days, when it revolved around small towns where everybody knew each other, and around small highways like Route 66, where you made new friends, sometimes even between Flagstaff and Winona. This older America has long been much-beloved by Hollywood, and apparently it survives in Radiator Springs as sort of a time capsule...The movie is great to look at and a lot of fun, but somehow lacks the extra push of the other Pixar films. Maybe that's because there's less at stake here, and no child-surrogate to identify with. I wonder if the movie's primary audience, which skews young, will much care about the 1950s and its cars. Maybe they will.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Spanish, DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wilson,Owen
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News's more fun to follow than a televised freeway chase.
Richard Corliss, Time The first great movie of the summer.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer All told, Cars is a knockout.
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