director: john lasseter (toy story, a bug's life)
starring: owen wilson, larry the cable guy, bonnie hunt, and paul newman
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and now cars. Pixar has a knack of not only creating great animated tales but using creatures and inanimate objects for their characters that have rarely if ever been used in animated features before. And Cars puts cars firmly on the animated map.
Successful rookie racer Lightning McQueen (Wilson) has just won a three-way tie with elder rival Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) and 'The King' (Richard Petty). On his way to the big tie-breaking race, Lightning crashes through Radiator Springs on Route 66 and is forced to remain in town until he repairs the damage he has caused.
Cars is Pixar’s real buddy flick as Lightning McQueen finds a real pal in Mater (one of Pixar’s best characters) as McQueen discovers that life in the literal fast lane can mean that you miss out on community. Radiator Springs is a warm, gentle place, one where you can rest and make firm friendships. This message is one more for adults than for kids but the kids will be more than entertained by Pixar’s brilliantly slick animation.
Fast paced with a message on what is truly important in life, Cars is another colourful, fun filled edition to the Pixar library.