A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

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Doc Hudson (voice)
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Sally Carrera (voice)
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Mater (voice)
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Ramone (voice)
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Luigi (voice)
Guido Quaroni ...
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Flo (voice)
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Sarge (voice)
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Fillmore (voice)
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Chick Hicks (voice)
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Storyline

While traveling to California for the dispute of the final race of the Piston Cup against The King and Chick Hicks, the famous Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. Lightning McQueen has to work hard and finds friendship and love in the simple locals, changing its values during his stay in the small town and becoming a true winner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Route 66  »

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,119,509 (USA) (9 June 2006)

Gross:

$244,052,771 (USA) (13 October 2006)
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Trivia

The California Governor Humvee is an obvious caricature of then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was also the first private owner of a Humvee (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle) in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

When Lightning McQueen is sentenced to pave the road as punishment, Sally says that he "has the horsepower" when in fact towing a trailer has much more to do with Torque than Horsepower, making a race car like McQueen unsuited to towing such a large object as Bessy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lightning McQueen: 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 Lightning.
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Crazy Credits

At the end, the couple that were looking for directions to the Interstate, end up all dusty and still looking for the Interstate. See more »

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Referenced in Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is a Highway
Written by Tom Cochrane (as Thomas Cochrane)
Performed by Rascal Flatts
Produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts
Recorded by Justin Niebank and Mark Hagen
Mixed by Justin Niebank
Rascal Flatts appear courtesy of Lyric Street Records
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Charming story, vivid animation, wonderful characters
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to the premier of "Cars" last night at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concorde and was delighted to find that the hours of traffic were worth it.

The story has a clear point and the message of friendship is easily understood by kids and adults alike. The variety of humor suits all generations, too, making this the first "summer must see" for the family.

Being an artist I was struck by the vibrancy of the animation. The colors were rich and beautiful, and there was such diverse vocal talent that the entire experience made it a treat for the crowd's eyes and ears. I've never been to a movie with more than a few hundred people in the theater, but let me assure you that all 30,000+ attendees at the Speedway last night applauded during the credits and for some very, very good reasons.


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