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Animated comedy featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Paul Newman. 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.

Starring:
Tom Magliozzi (voice)
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Comedy
Director John Lasseter
Starring Tom Magliozzi (voice)
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. J. Brett on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD
Although this is a kids' movie it is also aimed square at anyone who loves cars. It is packed full of automotive references and features the voices of motoring luminaries from Michael Schumacher to Jeremy Clarkson. The animation is gorgeous with stunning race action at the beginning and fantastic scenery as the film progresses.

The plot is pure Doc Hollywood - brash, talented but shallow and arrogant young blade winds up in a hick town where he manages to commit a misdeed that requires punishment in the form of working in the town to make amends. During his time there he finds friendship, love and a sense of small town values which make him a better person. Instead of Michael J Fox we get a smart mouth NASCAR race car voiced by Owen Wilson and the townsfolk and love interest are all cars. As the film progresses it becomes an elegy to the lost glory of Route 66 and a lament for the towns that died when the new interstate was built. On an adult level it reminds us that we used to drive for fun and a road trip was an adventure whereas now it is a chore carried out on soulless and overcrowded roads.

Kids will enjoy the colours, fast action and the pranks (cow tipping with tractors anyone?). Adults will enjoy the scenery, the personal redemption and the jokes pitched over the kids' heads.

I notice that a couple of reviews complain of racial stereotyping. This is tripe. The film is a tribute to all things automotive and the characters reflect that. Ramone the Chevy Impala is a tribute to Chicano lowrider culture, Guido and Luigi represent the passion of the Ferrari Tifosi and Mater is an acknowledgement that America is built on the down home good old boy pick up truck.

Cars is often cited as being one of the weaker Pixar offerings. I disagree, it bears repeated watching, the animation is superb and the characters are well cast and engaging. True, it rewards car fans the most but there is plenty there for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2011
Format: DVD
As pretty much noted by everyone who has seen it, Cars is visually stunning but unable to live up to the narrative standards set by previous Pixar big hitters. But mid tier Pixar is still better than most other animation offerings from other stables. Plot simply finds arrogant race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) about to hit super star status, only to suffer a highway crash that leaves him stranded in a ghost town called Radiator Springs. A once thriving town, Radiator Springs is now only home to the loyal locals and very much a product of an era long since gone. Forced to stay due to community service, Lightning is desperate to leave the place he calls "Hillbilly Hell", but as he comes to know the people of the town he comes to find a new perspective on things.

Cars is made up of three segments, the beginning where we are introduced to Lightning and the other cars involved in the race circuit, the action rip-roaring and setting up the film nicely. The middle section in Radiator Springs where it becomes a coming of age-life lesson-friendships formed-piece. And the final section as we get back out on the track for more wonderful racing and the character development reaches the winning line. It's the middle (bulky) section that many have problems with, and not just the children anxiously awaiting more athletic car shenanigans, the adults too have found this something of a chore to get thru. I liked it, felt it was a nice move from Pixar to get "Shawshank" like with the characters, a nostalgia nod to yesteryear and we get to spend time in the company of Doc Hudson, voiced almost poignantly by legend Paul Newman.

How you find that middle section may determine how much you enjoy Cars, but rest assured that even if you find it too talky, too slow, what bookends it is pretty darn great anyway. And of course the visual treats available on every inch of the screen make it a winner as well. 7.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James West on 16 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is a review for the Blu-ray. Cars is a feel-good film, with a strong moral message. Small town people with their quaint ways show the bigtime racer what is really important, and he becomes a better person as a result. The bluebottle cars and car related messages add loads of visuals, that mean you will be spotting new things for a long-time to come. Some of the characters are pretty strong - watch out for a cheesy Jeremy Clarkson as Harv, Lightning McQueen's agent. Many children love it, and not just car mad boys. It's not just children though, there is something there for the adults as well. I found the tractor tipping particularly funny. It doesn't quite hit the strengths of some of the previous Pixar offerings, such as Toy Story, but it is a strong story nonetheless.

Picture Quality - Modern digital animated films have a special place in the history of Blu-ray. Transfers of older films from actual film stock can become controversial over the appearance of grain, use of lighting, how the print has been restored, whether they are true to the director's vision etc. Animated films really avoid all that and allow the colours and detail to come through in all their glory. Many bluray fans use Cars as a reference disk, to show their friends exactly what high definition can look like. I saw this at the cinema when it came out, wasn't sure how it would play at home despite other peoples enthusiasm, but having just bought it and watched it on bluray I think it really is that good. The strong primary colours of all the cars at the racetrack, the use of light in some of the desert scenes and the subtleties of the neon lighting in Radiator Springs are all very impressive.

So the visuals are reference quality, but what about the audio? Again this is very very good.
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