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Cars (2006 - Disney/Pixar) - 14.48

There's an extra coat of hot wax on Pixar's vibrant, NASCAR-influenced comedy about a world populated entirely by cars. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the slick rookie taking the Piston Cup series by storm when the last race of the season (the film's high-octane opening) ends in a three-way tie. On the way to the tie-breaker race in California, Lightning loses his way off Route 66 in the Southwest desert and is taught to stop and smell the roses by the forgotten citizens of Radiator Springs. It's odd to have such a slim story from the whizzes of Pixar, and the film pales a bit from their other films (though can that be a fair comparison?).

Nonetheless, Cars is another gleaming ride with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's directing for the first time since Toy Story 2. There's the usual spectrum of excellent characters teamed with appropriate voice talent, loads of smooth humor for kids and parents alike, knockout visuals, and a colorful array of sidekicks, including a scene-stealing baby blue forklift named Guido. Lightning's plight is changed with the help of former big-city lawyer Sally Carrera (Pixar veteran Bonnie Hunt), the town's patriarch Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and kooky tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to break the 100-minute barrier, but had enough story not to suffer; Cars, at 116 minutes (including some must-see end credit footage), is not as fortunate, plus it never pierces the heart. Trivia fans should have bonanza with the frame-by-frame DVD function; the movie is stuffed with in-jokes, some appearing only for an instant. Ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.0):

Rating: 4:
Excellent film for kids and adults : I really liked this film. I found it really funny with a lot of clever humour disguised so kids wouldn't understand the rude side to it! The animation was top rate as are most Pixar films, there are some great characters and a nice story line. Well worth a watch in my opinion if you appreciate this kind of animation.

Rating: 1:
Drivell! :
How can anyone bare this,
the low budget story and the
fact most of it is only cars driving about,
Pixar what has happened,
Stick to the classics or
open season, hoodwinked or possibly
cats and dogs!

The crappest film ever, if you
think you've seen the worst film, prepare
for a money waster

Rating: 3:
No not again. : As someone with young children I have seen this film more times than I would like to count, TAKE my advice if you can persuade the little dears to accept Toy story or Monster's inc or Bugs life, do so you will save your self a lot of pain as this film grates, big time. A real blip in Pixars catalogue of great movies if you can't persuade them then good luck you'll need it .

Rating: 5:
Fantastic family movie! : This is a fantastic family movie. I have probably seen it about 20 times now (thanks to my son who is completely obsessed with it), and it just gets better with each viewing. Some lovely little details, for example, the flies/insects are actually mini cars with wings! Highly recommended!

Rating: 5:
Loved it! : Something for the whole family - all of us loved this movie. The trailer doesn't do it justice and that's a shame. Tow-mater is the most quoted character amongst my children, but there are some great "people" represented in this film - not least McQeen's agent - whose voice my lot recognised instantly!!!
Not to be missed.

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