G | | Animation, Comedy, Family
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
Dedicated to Joe Ranft (1960-2005)
Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me. No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am ...
The gas pump that Sally turns on to fill McQueen's tank is neither priced nor calibrated correctly --- this movie is supposed to take place in modern times, yet the pump's displayed per-gallon price is way less than half a buck, the way it would have been in the long-bygone era when that type of vintage pump would have been used; the "total sale" amount also does not increase proportionally (i.e., the total price is much less than it would be for that many gallons of gas at the stated price) as the gas in dispensed, either.
While credits roll, a series of short postscript scenes show the resurrection of the town, like cars are now passing the town, Flo's V8 café is full of customers, customers trying out Ramone's body art, Guido's tire shop is full, a museum of Doc Hudson's racing days opens, Sarge opens a boot camp for off-road vehicles (who have never been off-road), the reopening of the Wheel Well Motel, etc. One of them is the reopening of the Radiator Springs Drive-in Theater, where they show movies of previous Pixar productions but in a car context, like Toy Story (1995)/Toy Car Story, with the actual voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, Monsters, Inc. (2001)/Monster Trucks, Inc., with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal (Goodman is worried about the Boo mobile), and A Bug's Life (1998), with the voice of Dave Foley. As an additional in-joke, Mack the truck praises the performances of Hamm in Toy Story, the Abominable Snowplow in Monster Trucks, Inc., P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, which are all voiced, of course, by John Ratzenberger. Mack's final comment is they're voiced by the same actor and "what kind of cut-rate production is this" to reuse the same actor.
"Cars" was released theatrically in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The full-screen version was digitally re-rendered shot by shot, moving characters and objects closer together where necessary, to reframe and fit them into the 1.33:1 TV screen. Other CGI films also rendered in both 2.39:1 and 1.33:1 included The Lego Movie (2014), The Incredibles (2004) and A Bug's Life (1998).
English, Italian, Japanese, Yiddish
$60,119,509 11 June 2006