Cars 2006

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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

Available in HD on supported devices

Cars

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated, Comedy
Director John Lasseter
Starring Tom Magliozzi (voice)
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
Both me and my 6 years old daughter we loved this movie - although of course for different reasons.

She appreciated the very idea of talking cars and then the races, Mator the "red-neck" car, etc. I was impressed by the animation - this is for the moment the most technically advanced animation movie I ever saw ("Happy Feet" did as well) - and the more adult oriented humouristic parts, like the Porsche girl who left Los Angeles to find peace in a small town; an old town doctor, called Doctor in Internal Combustion; the cars going to the toilet - guess which line is advancing faster..., a rivalry between a "Peace and Love" old van and a retired sergeant who is of course a jeep, a Japanese female journalist who is a gorgeous little Honda, etc, etc.).

The final scenes in which they show fragments of older Pixar movies (like Sully and Mike Wazowski stranded in Himalayas) played by cars (the Yeti being an enormous snow tractor) are also a delight.

I just can not uderstand some of very critical (and mean) reviews below - I loved this movie and, more important, my daughter loved it too. She insisted on sleeping on a pillow with Ligthning McQueen for months after that.... If you didn't see it - go and get it. Pixar is getting better at every next movie so I just can not wait to see "Ratatouille"....
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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 Curlynob TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
My two and a half year old loves toy cars. He must say "Lets race cars, Daddy" about 12 times a day. Whilst visiting his cousin (who is 10) he watched a copy of the Disney / Pixar Cars film. Shortly afterwards we had our own copy and about half-a-dozen miniature toy cars from the film - which he takes everywhere with him. If we let let him, i'm pretty sure he'd watch the whole film from begining to end. His attention doesn't waver. He gets (a bit) scared by the combine harvester, excited at the racing, and even tells me that "Sally is sad" when Lightening finally heads back to civilisation.

As a Dad i'm more than happy to sit there and watch this film with him, I think it's a superb film. I have nothing less than total admiration for Lassiter and the Pixar team. The quality of drawing and animation is stunning; sometimes it's so detailed that it looks like "real film". I have to stop myself and think that every reflection on every shiny car bonnet and every skid mark on every bit of road has been drawn by someone. The sound is also superb. If you were demonstrating a high quality Home Entertaiment system you could do much worse that to show this film. What sets Pixar films apart from other animations is the love of film and the art of story-telling that shines through every cell of animation. They have the heart of old movies. They're well acted (the combination of voice artist and animator), well scripted and they have simple moralistic stories that actually matter. Beyond being an animation, Cars is a lovingly made, well crafted, well written film.

Loads of other people have given a synopsis of this film, so i'll pass on that. What I will say is that it's a film about friendship.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
"Cars" is the first Pixar movie I did not buy immediately. But finally I got tired of waiting for the rental copy, and I bought it.

The delay was due to the trailer not really doing much for me. Also, I felt that cars is a dubious choice for animated characters. Unlike bugs or toys, they don't have arms or faces, so it's a little forced, methinks.

That said, I'd have to say they pulled it off. Actually, looking at real cars after having seen this movie, I half expect them to move and open their eyes.

"Cars" is not the best or funniest Pixar movie. My faves are Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2, and The Incredibles. But "Cars" was still very worthwhile, I enjoyed it. And it is visually gorgeous. The scenery especially is amazing.

If you get the DVD, be sure not to miss the extras. The two shorts included, for one thing, are falling-over funny.

I also appreciate the basic message of the movie: winning is not everything. The western world is still a bit fixated on Being Number One. And contests can be fun and they can be inspiring, but ultimately they are just games, they are not life.
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