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Cars 2006

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family...

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I have been to other sites and they seem to not like the movie although it's not even out! I've seen the preview which watching The Incredibles and I couldn't wait to see this movie! I can't wait!!!!!! Woohooo, only a month to go!
The world that Pixar creates in Cars goes beyond the realm of fanatsy and brings you into a life of fast paced racing and the story of Route 66.

This was an excellent movie for both children and adults and will amaze audiences of any background! Working together with the story and the animation, Pixar has done it again.
When you exit the theater after seeing Cars you will not only be overly satisfied, you will also take Rascal Flatts rendition of "Life is a highway" to heart. "Life is a highway, I want to ride it all day".

The forceful strength behind Cars is John Lasseter, who returns to directing for the first time since Toy story 2 in 1999. Throughout the past seven years, along with guiding Cars through the production process, Lasseter has produced and overseen all of Pixars endeavors (Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles). According to lasseter "I have always loved cars. In one vein I have Disney blood, and in the other, there's motor oil". After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios and Academy Award winning director John Lasseter hit the road with a high-speed comedy adventure set inside the world of cars.

Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) a hotshot rookie racecar ambitious to make it discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. McQueen gets to know the town's interesting characters including Sally (voiced by Bonnie Hunt), a sexy Porsche sporting a "pinstripe tattoo". There is also Doc Hudson (voiced by Paul Newman), a 1951 Hudson Hornet, who happens to be the judge of the town with a mystifying past. Last, there is Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), a rusted tow truck who helps McQueen realize that there are more significant things than fame.

Lasseter's command to have the car characters look as real as possible posed some overwhelming new challenges for Pixar's technical team. With a film where the characters are metallic and lustrous meant coming up with resourceful ways to precisely show reflection. Cars is the first Pixar film to use "ray tracing", a technique that allows the Cars stars to credibly reflect their environments. The addition of reflections in practically every shot of the film added tremendous time to the project. The average time per frame for the film Cars was 17 hours.

There are many pop culture references in Cars that are more than entertaining (the Jay Limo Show). It is extremely humorous to watch the cars roll like Cadillac's and sting like Beamers or watch the cars go tractor tipping.

Giving something like automobiles human like features is always fun to watch along with the intricate design, just as it was and still will be fun to watch toys, bugs, monsters, and fish have human like features. Cars was extremely entertaining and Pixar is definitely not letting anyone down this time. Everyone go see Cars

Great for all ages. Fun movie. Another Pixar/Disney hit.
As I was walking out of the movie theater after seeing Cars with a friend of mine, the subject turned to the inevitable comparison between the film we'd just seen and previous Pixar efforts. I hadn't seen Monsters, Inc. or Finding Nemo, but I liked the Toy Story films and A Bug's Life quite a bit, and found Cars suffering next to them, but the equation seemed to be missing a film. It actually took a couple minutes before we came up with The Incredibles, released a couple years ago, and which I did see and loved. I'd forgot about The Incredibles because it had been relegated into my memory as simply "a great movie" rather than "a great computer-animated movie," which I'd managed to file the earlier three films as. Not to say the first three were lesser films--A Bug's Life still sucks me in every time I catch it on The Disney Channel--but by the time of The Incredibles, I'd forgotten to be amazed by how cool everything looks and just got suckered into the story itself.

Pixar was the first on the screen with a feature-length computer-generated animated film, and through the years they've built up quite a reputation for themselves as producers of a certain quality of family fare. Sure, they made kid's movies, but they made well-written, witty kid's movies that didn't skimp on interesting characters or clever dialogue. Pixar films are positively classy next to the films of their pop-culture referencing, fart joke-relying, Smashmouth-employing bratty little brother Dreamworks, so a new Pixar film has hefty shoes to fill.

Maybe, then, I'm being a little hard on Cars because it's simply not very good. It's not that Cars is a bad film, really. In fact, if kid's films could be reviewed by some sort of mathematical equation, Cars would be sitting pretty high. There's very few annoying pop culture references, there's some adult humor that's witty rather than bawdy, there's no product placement even though a NASCAR-themed film would seem like a natural place for it, there's a great attention to detail, the animation is up to the usual top-notch standard and, this wasn't pointed out to me until I noticed the next day, there's no annoying "cute kid" character for the snot-nosed precocious imps to identify with and for all of us who don't find children instantly cute to feel nauseated by. It's all very... pleasant.

But that's about all it is. Part of the problem lies in the plot. In the Toy Story films and A Bug's Life, well-meaning-if-flawed characters go on a huge adventure fraught with perils and danger in an effort to preserve or improve their lives. In Cars, a semi-annoying character is vaguely inconvenienced while on his way across the country.

As you may have read by now, Cars is essentially Doc Hollywood (or To Wong Foo) with a race car instead of Michael J. Fox (or drag queens). On his way to a big race, a hotshot race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) gets stranded in a small town and forced to repave the roads he messed up. He learns valuable lessons about life, the town finds themselves re-energized, and everyone ends up happy.

Now, I'm not going to chastise Pixar for taking the plot--after all, the "a stranger comes to town and changes things" plot has been around for ages. It's just that Cars never comes across as having a reason to be made at all, much less to be made with cars. Sure, there's plenty of cute bits with various cars representing various archetypes, like George Carlin as Fillmore, a hippiemobile, or Dan Whitney* as an old, stupid rustbucket, but it pretty soon becomes obvious that while there's a couple clever gags, the fact that all the characters are cars seems to be because, well, NASCAR is popular and cars are easy to market. It also allows them to do "hilarious" bits like having Jay Leno as the voice of "Jay Limo," the sort of gag that wasn't funny on the Flintstones 40 years ago.

Cars just sort of wanders through its' plot with almost more of a sense of obligation than anything else, and it becomes painfully obvious especially when the idea of a love interest is introduced. I'm unclear as to why cars would need to have genders in the first place (the introduction of Arcee in Transformers: The Movie continues to bother me to this day), and the whole relationship between McQueen and a local "female" motel owner (Bonnie Hunt) just feels like awkward padding on the film's lengthy 116-minute running time.

Yes, Cars runs just shy of two hours, and while it's never actively boring to watch with all the dandy animation, it feels like a slog compared to the usual quick Pixar pacing, especially since there's so little conflict in the movie. It almost feels like Pixar's version of a quiet romantic comedy/drama, with a couple racing scenes thrown in at the beginning and end to get people involved. It is, in fact, Doc Hollywood, only with Cars and more celebrity voices, and director John Lasseter doesn't really seem the least bit interested in even disguising that.

See, I'm being hard on it, but the truth is that I enjoyed Cars anyway. It's got moments that made me laugh, the voice talent is great while rarely becoming obnoxious--it helps that outside of Wilson and Paul Newman, most of the cast is composed of reliable B-listers like Hunt, Carlin, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Katherine Helmond and Paul Dooley, so it never feels like a game of "Name That Celebrity Voice!" It's just that the pacing is so languid and the outcomes of every plot thread are so inevitable that you almost feel as though the movie is simply biding its' time by throwing in amusing bits until the credits roll.

I was on the verge of giving Cars a mildly-recommending "6," but then I remembered one thing about it that actively irritated me--the music. I can deal without the obvious inclusion of Gary Numan's "Cars," but the soundtrack features a cover of "Life is a Highway" that makes the original Tom Cochrane version sound like the pinnacle of American rock music. I know kids' music today is horrifically lame and must contractually suck, but the combination of that and the usual crummy Randy Neuman music (this time he drags poor James Taylor down with him to do the vocals) is barely short of child abuse. So a "5" it is, though I can't help but thinking I'd be slightly more forgiving if I didn't know that Pixar is capable of doing so much better.

It's still significantly better than X-Men 3, which is still awful.

(You may wish to add at least a point if you know more about cars in general than I do. I mean, I know who Richard Petty and Mario Andretti are, but that's about it.)

* -- No, I will not call you "Larry the Cable Guy," Mr. Whitney.
Better then Nemo and Monsters Inc. Not as good as Toy Story and Incredibles. This one makes it obvious that Pixar is intent on continuing their development of animation. There are times when some shots didn't even look animated. It is fun to watch, and the story is not sacrificed for anything. It appears predictable but it isn't.

Now, I can't stress this enough. Watch the clips during the credits. Probably the funniest tribute to Pixar EVER. I really can't stress it enough. STAY TO WATCH THE CLIPS ON THE END CREDITS! If you know anything about Pixar, you will appreciate it.

Now, one thing that did piss me off was that they butchered a classic song: Life is a Highway (written by Thomas Chochrane according to the credits). The original was better then the cheezy pop remake in the movie which sounds like it was sung by Britney Spears eating a chocolate dildo with the Backdoor (ok Backstreet) Boys as backup singers.
*There are a few bits and pieces of dialogue spoliers, but nothing that ruins the movie*

For the next blockbuster knockout by the ever-popular tag team of Disney and Pixar (even though technically Disney and Pixar are now one and the same...)

Pixar has once again shown us that the humanizing of inanimate objects isn't such a difficult task when you have a creative team such as this... and it manages to show us that with every journey you take in life, you take a little step closer to self-realization-- with every bump and twist and turn in the road, you gain a little bit more knowledge of the world around you.

Even without living in NASCAR country, audiences will easily relate to the sterotypes of the Winnebago's in the infield with the beer hat on, the obnoxious attitudes of the other "racecars," and even the veteran, "The King," who, I am surmising, is an homage to Richard Petty.

The computer-generated animation is, once again, absolutely beautiful-- everything from the glare of the sun to the tiny pieces of asphalt that have broken away on the track, there is not a single detail missed, making the movie visually pleasing.

The cleverness of the writing team is apparent as well, especially with the incorporation of the car world with human aspects. When Lightning McQueen is looking for his friend Mack (who's ostensibly a Mack Truck) and runs into another tractor trailer, calling after him "Mack! Mack!" the truck turns around and says "I'm not Mack, I'm Peterbuilt!"

Clever, clever, clever :D

The variety of the cast, from the hill-billy tow truck Mater voiced by Larry the Cable Guy to the wise old Doc voiced by Paul Newman, lends to the overall enjoyment of the film, as there is something for everyone... although, I personally enjoyed the Italian cars Guido and Luigi and their obsession with Ferrari's

You'll enjoy, even if you don't say it out loud because you're ashamed to say you like a cartoon made by Disney/Pixar...

Deep down, you know this is one of those "instant classics" in a long line of Pixar movies that you'll return to over and over again.
Another great Pixar film. They just never get stale, never are repetitive or unoriginal and never lacking in the immense voice talents they recruit. Paul Newman is, of course, spectacular as are the look and feel of this thing. What a great amount of fun to be had here. While I absolutely adore Finding Nemo and The Incredibles (and have seen both a million times), they were more mature in the amount of drama and sadness you had to endure from multiple tragedies. This one is just for fun; great action, the usual outstanding animation, fun new characters and endearingly funny along the lines of the Toy Story movies; I'll see it again and again! I'm pretty nervous about the new management issues overtaking this brilliant studio but, if it's all going to be for the worse, I'm glad they cranked out one more excellent one before it happened, fun, FUN!! Excellent animation, loveable characters and fantastic voice acting, especially from Paul Newman and Bonnie Hunt. I loved this movie....not really up to the quality of some of Pixar's true classics, most notably The Incredibles or Toy Story, but great nonetheless. Definitely a keeper on DVD because my family will watch it dozens of times; here's hoping they churn out the hugely wonderful quality of DVD they did for The Incredibles! But in the meantime, I'll make a few more trips to the multiplex to laugh, be awed and just have plain fun many more times! This summer might be shaping up after all
Pixar films are usually the best animated and kids films out there, and they haven't missed a beat yet. but unlike its predecessors Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, this one falls behind. you have your Dory (which is Mater) and they are the ones who bring the most laughs to these films, but this one lacks heart. you have more characters with uptight personalities that its hard to enjoy the film. i still believe that this was a good film, but it was poor on entertainment
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