Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

Cars

Directed by John Lasseter

Rated G

Not content with turning, toys, bugs, fish, monsters and superheroes into cartoon masterpieces, the geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios set out to prove they could bring any object to life and this time its cars that discover their humanity. And the name of their latest project is, wait for it, Cars.

Yep, every boys dream come true, a world populated with nothing but cars. Even the blowflies are cars.

A major celebrity in this automotive heaven is Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), an ego-driven racing car who, on route to California to star in the Piston Cup Championship, finds himself very much off the beaten track. He winds up in the little town of Radiator Springs along Route 66. It had once been a thriving community but the bypass put an end to all that years ago and the town is now a dead zone.

But the locals are very much alive and its not long before Lightning is rubbing them all the wrong way. Especially Doc (voiced by Paul Newman), a 1951 Hudson Hornet who puts the offending racing car on road work duties.

However Lightning has caught the eye of Sally (voiced by Bonnie Hunt), a trim little 2002 Porsche who moved to Radiator Springs from LA to open the Cosy Cone Motel. Lightning really gets her motor revving and as for him, he cant get over the size of her cones!

Then theres Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), a buck-toothed rusty tow-truck who wants to be Lightnings new best friend. Little does he realise he is actually the hot shots first ever friend. Too concerned with fame, victory, sponsorship and trophies Lightning McQueen has never slowed down long enough to make any friends. It takes an unplanned pit stop in a little sleepy town to make him understand there are more important things in life than just winning races.

I was raised on Disneys classic animated films and Im not ashamed to admit I still tear up watching Lady and the Tramp. Nowadays it takes a really special story to suck me in and I didnt think Cars was going to do it for me. However I was wrong. It took a while but by the end of the (in my opinion) overly long two hours and 10 minutes, I was cheering on Lightning McQueen with the rest of the audience. Well, most of them. It failed to hold the attention of lots of the littlies.

The all-star vocal cast also includes Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton, Tony Shalhoub, George Carlin and racing legend Richard Petty.

The animation as expected is fantastic and the story fun. Definitely worth a ticket to ride!


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