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Cars (movie)

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(Redirected from Lightning McQueen)
Directed byJohn Lasseter
Screenplay by
Story by
  • John Lasseter
  • Joe Ranft
  • Jorgen Klubien
Produced byDarla K. Anderson
  • Jeremy Lasky
  • Jean Claude Kalache
Edited byKen Schretzmann
Music byRandy Newman
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$120 million[1]
Box office$462 million[1]

Cars is a 2006 movie made by Pixar. In it, cars are living beings and there are no humans. The movie is about Lightning McQueen, a racecar who is on his way to California where he is scheduled to race for the Piston Cup. He gets lost on his way and finds himself in Radiator Springs, a fictional town on Route 66. There, he makes new friends who help him get to his Piston Cup race. Cars was Pixar's final movie released before Disney's acquisition of the studio.

Plot[change | change source]

"Cars" follows Lightning McQueen, a hotshot race car, stranded in Radiator Springs, a forgotten town along Route 66. To leave, he must fix the town's road, but along the way, he discovers the value of friendship and community. The film explores themes of humility, slowing down, and finding joy in the journey rather than just the destination.

Sequels and spin-offs[change | change source]

A sequel, Cars 2, was released on June 24, 2011. A second sequel, Cars 3, was released on June 16, 2017.[2] Both sequels were also made by Pixar.

A spin-off movie, Planes, was released on August 9, 2013. Its sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue was released on July 18, 2014. The Planes movies were made by DisneyToon Studios and not by Pixar. A third film was planned, but was cancelled due to the closure of DisneyToon Studios in June 2018.

There has also been a spin-off television program on the Disney Channel called Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales.

Cast[change | change source]

In the additional voices part, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Dave Foley reprise their roles from previous Pixar movies. In fact, there's a scene during the credits where Mack watches car-versions of earlier Pixar hits, commenting on the fine actor in each scene before realizing it's the same actor playing different characters in each movie.

Additional voices were also provided by:

Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Bob Bergen, Susan Blu, Rodger Bumpass, Torbin Xan Bullock, John Cygan, Jennifer Darling, Paul Eiding, Bill Farmer, Teresa Ganzel, Craig Good, Jess Harnell, Erik Langley, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Mickie T. McGowan, Laraine Newman, Teddy Newton, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Jan Rabson, Stephen Schaffer, Ken Schretzmann, Bob Scott, Jay Ward and Jim Ward also provided additional voices.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cars". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on December 8, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  2. "Michael Wallis confirms there will be a "Cars 3″". Route 66 News. August 17, 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-06.

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