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Motors along nicely,
This review is from: Cars [DVD] (2006) (DVD)
There has been a generally cool reception from critics for Pixar's latest.
Many felt the story stale and the characters not up to much.
The story is of a cocky young race car called lightning McQueen who needs to learn a lesson in manners and caring for others. To that end he winds up getting caught speeding through a dusty old forgotten town somewhere on route 66. His punishment is a weeks hard labour and while there he meets and learns to appreciate the locals.
The story is simple but then this is a film for little 'uns mostly so what do you expect? At first the fantastic animation captures the attention along with the fun to be had seeing cars behaving like humans,( at the racetrack the fans in the stands are all cars, using their headlights to make a mexican wave), but 15 minutes in the glitzy bright animation and novelty begin to wear off and you're left feeling that it's going to be a bit of a disappointment.
However this is not the case as once Mcqueen, (Owen Wilson doing a great job of making him a bit of a whiney & spoilt so and so ), reaches the backwater town of radiator springs things improve dramatically.
Here we are introduced to funny and likeable characters that carry the movie. Paul newman is amongst the voices of the townsfolk as an ex-racer with a seemingly grumpy attitude but the standout is the delapidated towtruck Mater,(tow-mater, geddit?), a hilarious hick whose presence makes this film so much better.
In truth the story and what happens are not of much importance, rather it's the inter-reaction of characters in this small but happy town that makes Cars worth while.
Be warned that it does run on probably a bit too long for very young children.
The extras are as solid as usual from Pixar but the standouts are the 2 extra cartoon shorts, one called 'Mater and the ghostlight' where the townsfolk get their own back on the practical joker and another totally unrelated one called ' the one man band' that is just as funny.
The picture quality is outstanding, colours are vibrant and definition flawless, it's likely to be a referrance disc in telly shops for some time to come.
The sound too is superb, effects steering is accurate and detailed with converstion clear and open too.
This is not Pixars finest but it's not the old banger that critics would have had you believe. Once it gets going it's enjoyable and gentle fun.
Make tracks for this one.