John Lasseter (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
After a near unprecedented string of critical and box-office smash hits, beginning with Toy Story in 1995, animation studio Pixar produced its first disappointment with Cars. In a bizarre and slightly creepy world where all the characters are motor vehicles, red racer Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is a preening, hotshot track star who, on the way to a big meet in LA, becomes stranded in the small town of Radiator Springs off Route 66. There, the residents, including a cute female Porsche (Bonnie Hunt) and a wise old-timer with a secret past (Paul Newman), teach McQueen a few lessons about the value of taking things slow and enjoying life. The middle act is too sedate and the jokes are below par. But, on the plus side, the racing sequences are mini-masterpieces of editing and the animation is consistently impressive. And if you're watching the UK release version of the film, you'll recognise Harv's dulcet tones - yes, it's Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson.


Arrogant racing car Lightning McQueen's dreams of winning the Piston Cup are put on hold when he loses his way and ends up in a forgotten town on Route 66. When the locals insist he mend the road he inadvertently ruined, the smug speedster gradually becomes accustomed to a quieter pace of life and learns a lesson in humility. Pixar animated adventure, with the voices of Owen Wilson and Paul Newman, in his final film.

Cast & Crew

Lightning McQueen Owen Wilson
Doc Hudson Paul Newman
Sally Carrera Bonnie Hunt
Mater Larry the Cable Guy
Ramone Richard "Cheech" Marin
Filmore George Carlin
The King Richard Petty
Chick Hicks Michael Keaton
Luigi Tony Shalhoub
Mack John Ratzenberger
Harv Jeremy Clarkson
Harv Jeremy Piven
Director John Lasseter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jul 2006