- Cars (franchise)
The Cars logo as seen in the first film, subsequent productions had the "V" extended at the bottom.
Directed by John Lasseter (1 & 2)
Joe Ranft (1)
Brad Lewis (2)
Produced by Darla K. Anderson (1)
Denise Ream (2)
Screenplay by Dan Fogelman (1)
John Lasseter (1)
Joe Ranft (1)
Kiel Murray (1)
Phil Lorin (1)
Jorgen Klubien (1)
Ben Queen (2)
Story by John Lasseter (1 & 2)
Joe Ranft (1)
Jorgen Klubien (1)
Brenda Chapman (1)
Brad Lewis (2)
Dan Fogelman (2)
Starring Owen Wilson (1 & 2)
Larry the Cable Guy (1 & 2)
Paul Newman (1)
Bonnie Hunt (1 & 2)
Tony Shalhoub (1 & 2)
Guido Quaroni (1 & 2)
John Ratzenberger (1 & 2)
Paul Dooley (1 & 2)
George Carlin (1)
Lloyd Sherr (2)
Cheech Marin (1 & 2)
Jenifer Lewis (1 & 2)
Michael Wallis (1 & 2)
Katherine Helmond (1 & 2)
Joe Ranft (1)
Music by Randy Newman (1)
Michael Giacchino (2)
Cinematography Jeremy Lasky (1 & 2)
Jean-Claude Kalache (1)
Sharon Calahan (2)
Editing by Ken Schretzmann (1)
Stephen Schaffer (2)
Studio Pixar Animation Studios Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures Release date(s) 1: June 9, 2006
2: June 24, 2011
Running time 230 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $320 million Box office $983,935,149
Cars is the second film series created by Pixar and distributed by Disney after Toy Story. Cars was released on June 9, 2006 and Cars 2 was released on June 24, 2011. Both films were directed by John Lasseter, the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. Cars is considered to be Pixar's "anniversary" franchise as both films marked Pixar's 20th and 25th anniversaries respectively. Both films have received over $1,000,000,000 in box office revenue worldwide.
- 1 Film series
- 2 Television series
- 3 Short films
- 4 Reception
- 5 Cast and characters
- 6 Other media
- 7 Merchandising
- 8 Theme park attractions
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Cars is the seventh of twelve films made by Pixar. The story is about rookie racecar, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who gets lost on the way to a tiebreaker race in the Piston Cup and ends up in a little town called Radiator Springs on Route 66, that had since been forgotten because the Interstate was built. He accidentally wrecks the road and is sentenced to fix it. During his time, he goes tractor tipping with his new best friend Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and goes on a drive with his future girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt). After McQueen fixes the road, Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) no longer wants him in town, so he calls the news crew to take McQueen to Los Angeles, but it doesn't take long for Doc to realize how much he's helped Radiator Springs, so he goes back to being the Hudson Hornet and becomes McQueen's crew chief, while most of the Radiator Springs folks become his pit crew. McQueen is about to win the race, but helps The King (Richard Petty) cross the finish line after Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) crashes him and wins the Piston Cup after being in third on the last lap, but is booed by everyone as comeuppance. Despite his loss, Lightning is offered to be the new face of Dinoco, but he decides to stay with Rusteze. He does, however, arrange for Mater to ride in the Dinoco helicopter just like McQueen promised. The film ends with McQueen setting up his racing headquarters in Radiator Springs, thereby putting it back on the map.
Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 2 is the twelfth film from Pixar. The story is about Lightning McQueen competing in the first World Grand Prix, a three-part race set in Japan, Italy and England that'll determine the world's fastest racecar. His rival in the race is Italian Formula One car, Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro). Along the way, Mater is mistaken for a spy by British spycar, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and falls in love with McMissile's assistant Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). The three of them uncover a plot to sabotage the race led by Professor Zunndapp (Thomas Kretschmann) and a group of lemon cars, including Grem (Joe Mantegna) and Acer (Peter Jacobson). When the race reaches its conclusion in England, Mater figures out that Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) is the mastermind behind the plot to sabotage the race, since he started it in the first place and had intended for cars everywhere to run on oil as revenge for the lemons' reputation as being "history's biggest loser cars," implying that Axlerod is also a lemon. With the plot foiled and the villains defeated, Mater is knighted by the Queen of England (Vanessa Redgrave) and a new race is held in Radiator Springs. Mater is offered to join McMissile and Shiftwell on another mission, but he chooses to stay. He does, however, get to keep the rocket engines he acquired as the two agents take off in Siddely (Jason Isaacs), the British spy jet.
Mater's Tall Tales
Mater's Tall Tales (A Cars Toon for short) is an animated short television series by Pixar featuring the characters Mater and Lightning McQueen from the film Cars. The name of the series is a pun of the word "cartoon" with an additional "S". The series' first broadcast was on October 27, 2008, on Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family. Not exclusive to television, the episodes have also premiered as theatrical shorts, such as with the 2008 film Bolt. On November 2, 2010, the series was released on DVD and Blu-ray featuring 2 brand new episodes, a total of 9 episodes; 3 in season 1, and 6 in season 2. On November 1, 2011 the first episode of season 3, Air Mater was released on Blu-ray and DVD packaged with Cars 2.
Mater and the Ghostlight
Mater and the Ghostlight is a 2006 Pixar computer-animated short created for the DVD of Cars, which was released on October 25, 2006 in Australia and in the United States on November 7, 2006. The short, set in the Cars world, tells a story of Mater being haunted by a mysterious blue light.
Box office performance
In its opening weekend, the original Cars earned $60,119,509 in 3,985 theaters in the United States, ranking number one at the box office. In the United States, the film held onto the No.1 spot for two weeks before being surpassed by Click and then by Superman Returns the following weekend. It went on to gross $461,981,604 worldwide (ranking number 6 in 2006 films) and $244,082,982 in the United States (the third highest-grossing film of 2006 in the country, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Night at the Museum). It was the highest-grossing animated film of 2006 in the United States, but lost to Ice Age: The Meltdown in worldwide totals.
Cars 2 has earned an estimated $176,375,295 in the USA and Canada, and $173,700,000 in other territories, as of July 24, 2011, for a worldwide total of $350,075,295. Worldwide on its opening weekend it made $109.0 million, marking the largest opening weekend for a 2011 animated title.
Film Release date Revenue Rank Budget Reference United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide Cars June 9, 2006 $244,082,982 $217,900,167 $461,983,149 #68
#107 $120,000,000  Cars 2 June 24, 2011 $190,858,696 $360,400,000 $551,258,696 #128 #98 $200,000,000  Total $433,200,982 $569,600,167 $1,002,801,149 N/A N/A $320,000,000 N/A List indicator(s)
(A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).
Both installments of the Cars series have generally received more criticism than other Pixar films. Even though Cars still received mostly positive reviews (but still less than usual for Pixar), Cars 2 received unanimously mixed reviews, for the first time for the studio, although Roger Ebert and Peter Travers were both very positive in their reviews.
Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies Overall Cream of the Crop Cars 74% (193 reviews) 73% (41 reviews) 73% (39 reviews) B (14 reviews) Cars 2 37% (187 reviews) 46% (37 reviews) 57% (38 reviews) B- (13 reviews) Average Ratings 56% 59% 65% N/A
Awards and nominations
Cars had a highly successful run during the 2006 awards season. Many film critic associations such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review named it the best Animated Feature Film of 2006. Cars also received the title of Best Reviewed Animated Feature of 2006 from Rotten Tomatoes. Randy Newman and James Taylor received a Grammy Award for the song "Our Town," which later went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song (an award it lost to "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth). The film also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Happy Feet. Cars was also selected as the Favorite Family Movie at the 33rd People's Choice Awards. Perhaps the most prestigious award that Cars received was the inaugural Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Cars also won the highest award for animation in 2006, the Best Animated Feature Annie Award. The film was also nominated for AFI's 10 Top 10 in the "Animation" genre.
Cast and characters
This is a list of characters from the 2006 Pixar film Cars and the 2011 Disney / Pixar film Cars 2.
- Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Mater's Tall Tales
Character Mater's Tall Tales Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Rescue Squad Mater Mater The Greater El Materdor Unidentified Flying Mater Tokyo Mater Monster Truck Mater Heavy Metal Mater Moon Mater Mater Private Eye Air Mater Tow Mater Larry the Cable Guy Lightning McQueen Keith Ferguson Luigi Silent Cameo Tony Shalhoub Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Guido Silent Cameo Guido Quaroni Guido Quaroni Silent Cameo Ramone Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Flo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Sarge Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Fillmore Silent Cameo George Carlin
Silent Cameo Sheriff Michael Wallis DJ E.J. Holowicki Wingo Adrian Ochoa Boost Jonas Rivera Kabuto Tony Kobayashi Ito-San Robert Ito Red Silent Cameo Mia Lindsey Collins Tia Elissa Knight Nurse GTO
- Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the series.
In May 2007, the Cars video game was announced to be a "Platinum Hit" on the Xbox, "Greatest Hit" on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, and "Player's Choice" on the Nintendo GameCube. Two sequels were released, "Cars Mater-National" being the first one and "Cars Race-O-Rama". A video game based on Cars 2 was developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC and Nintendo DS on June 21, 2011. The Playstation 3 version of the game was reported to be compatible with stereoscopic 3D gameplay.
Video Game Date Released Game System Compatible Cars
- NA October 22, 2006
- PAL November 16, 2006
- AUS November 22, 2006
- NA November 15, 2006
- PAL December 7, 2006
- AUS December 13, 2006
- JP March 21, 2007
- NA June 5, 2006
PS2, PSP, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
- JP July 5, 2006
- PAL July 13, 2006
- NA June 5, 2006
- PAL July 13, 2006
- NA June 5, 2006
Mac Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures
- NA June 6, 2006
- PAL July 14, 2006
- NA October 29, 2007
Wii, Nintendo DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PS2, Windows
- EU November 30, 2007
- AUS November 29, 2007
- NA October 12, 2009
Nintendo DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
- EU October 30, 2009
The World of Cars Online
- June 29, 2010
Windows, Mac Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales
- October 19, 2010
Wii Cars 2
- NA June 21, 2011
Mac, Nintendo DS, PS3, Wii, iOS, Windows, Xbox 360
- AUS June 23, 2011
- EU July 22, 2011
Marcus Aurelius Canônico of Folha de S. Paulo described The Little Cars series (Os Carrinhos in Portuguese), a Brazilian computer graphics film series, as a derivative of Cars. Canônico discussed whether lawsuits from Pixar would appear. The Brazilian Ministry of Culture posted Marcus Aurelius Canônico's article on its website.
It has also been noted that the plot of Cars bears a striking resemblance to that of Doc Hollywood, the 1991 romantic comedy which stars Michael J. Fox as a hotshot young doctor, who, after causing a traffic accident in a small town, is sentenced to work at the town hospital, falls in love with a local law student and eventually acquires an appreciation for small town values.
It was reported in 2010 that Disney was developing a direct-to-video computer animated Cars spin-off titled Planes. In June 2011, it was announced that the film is being made by DisneyToon Studios for a Spring 2013 release. Toy Story director and Cars 2 co-director, John Lasseter has said that:
“ We had such a great time exploring the world of 'Cars' over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes where the main characters, by expanding the Cars world, 'Planes' gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters. ”
The Mattel-produced 1/55 scale Toy Cars were some of the most popular toys of the 2006 Summer Season. Dozens of characters are represented, with some having multiple versions available. Several stores had trouble keeping the toys in stock, and some models are still difficult to find because of being shipped in lower numbers than other characters. Some online Disney enthusiasts are comparing it to the same shortage that Mattel faced with its Toy Story line in 1995. On August 14, 2007, the die-cast Sarge car, made between May and July 2007, was recalled due to "impermissible levels of lead" used in the paint. Another Cars product which followed the Disney-Pixar Cars Die-Cast Line were miniature versions of the characters which were painted in different colors to represent different events. These are called Cars Toons. Also, Lego will make some sets for the sequel. On June 22, 2006 Disney Consumer Products announced that Cars merchandise broke records for retail sales based on a Disney-Pixar product, recording 10-to-1 more volume than Finding Nemo. DCP reports that product expansion will take place in the fall alongside the DVD release of the film. Mattel has announced that Cars toys will continue through 2008 with the release of at least 80 new vehicles. A 36 car pack called "Motor Speedway of the South" will feature most of the race cars seen during the opening race sequence of the film. (This is also the name for the track race in the film) Estimates from the New York Daily News indicate that sales of Cars merchandise two weeks out from the release of the film amounted to US$600 million. Estimates put out in November by the Walt Disney Company peg total sales for the brand at around $1 billion.
Kelley Blue Book, a resource for appraising values of vehicles, has humorously "appraised" four of the cars, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally Carrera, and Doc Hudson according to their make/model and personalities. The United States Department of Transportation has used scenes from the movie in a commercial regarding the Click It or Ticket campaign. In conjunction with the film's release, a chocolate ice cream on a stick resembling a car tire was released in Australia. These ice creams were called "Burnouts". The naming of the particular product sparked controversy as the name "Burnouts" was believed to have encouraged street racing and committing burnouts. These acts are illegal and heavy fines and convictions are issued to those committing these acts in Australia. It is unknown as to whether the products have been discontinued. In Norway, the candy company Nidar produced candy with the characters on the outer packaging and pictures of the characters on the packaging of the assorted candy on the inside. These bags also came with Cars themed tattoos. In the U.S., an animated Wal-Mart truck can be seen on a Wal-Mart advertisements for Cars. In the Wal-Mart TV commercial the Wal-Mart truck was talking to Mater. In South Africa, Italy, and several other countries where Opel is present (or with Opel models under Chevrolet and Vauxhall brand), GM has a campaign featuring an General Motors Astra, a Opel Meriva, and a General Motors Zafira as characters in the world of Cars, including TV ads made by Pixar, with the Opel models interacting with Lightning McQueen, Mater and Ramone. The first ad involved the Opels coming to Radiator Springs as tourists. The second involved their failed attempts at auditioning for Mater. In the end the Opels lost the part to the real Mater. In July 2006, greeting card giant Hallmark Cards unveiled its line of 2006 Keepsake Christmas ornaments. Among the collection was an ornament featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater. There is also a Cars children's clothing line, which produces various T-shirts and shorts.
In Japan, Disney Japan and Toyota backed racing team Cars Racing replaced its racing car "Toy Story apr MR-S" and introduced the "Lightning McQueen apr MR-S" for the 2008 Super GT season. The car was based on the Toyota MR-S and the externals of the car were modeled on its of McQueen as much as possible. This include their number change from their original No.101 to McQueen's #95. They won in Race 3 that season.
Theme park attractions
A Cars-based attraction opened at Walt Disney Studios Paris (France) in 2007 and a Cars-based land is scheduled to open in Disney's California Adventure in 2012.
Currently, Disney California Adventure is constructing a 12 acre new land only of Cars that will include the most expensive ride Disney has ever built. Their E-signature ride is the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers slated to open next summer. Cars Land is an entire interactive replica of Radiator Springs where guests can race against each other while riding on their favorite Cars characters. Opening Summer 2012 as the completion of the Disney's California Adventure Expandtion along with Buena Vista Street.
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye, or Cars Race Rally, is an attraction at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée. The attraction opened on June 9, 2007 as part of the park's expansion land, Toon Studio. The ride opened one year after Cars showed its first screening. The attraction's setting is the small town of Radiator Springs (located in Toon Studio). The attraction's station is themed to a car service station located in the desert. The attraction is surrounded by boulders which imitates the rocky formations of the Grand Canyon. The ride system is actually a highly themed Zamperla Demolition Derby.
Riders begin the attraction by sitting down in one of the generic car-shaped vehicles. The vehicles are located on one of the four spinning plateaus. The attraction's layout is similar to "Francis' Ladybug Boogie" attraction at Disney's California Adventure and the "Whirlpool" at Tokyo DisneySea, as the vehicles automatically change from one spinning plateau to the next. The vehicles change plateaus while carrying out the rotation inversion of eight separate vehicles. Cars Race Rally is currently the only operating Disney ride themed to the Cars franchise.
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