MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 163 this week

Cars (2006)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 205,836 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 571 user | 252 critic | 39 from Metacritic.com

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

Directors:

,

Writers:

(original story by), (original story by), 13 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 17 Mar 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cars" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cars (2006)

Cars (2006) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cars.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cars 2 (2011)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie
Ratatouille (2007)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Shrek (2001)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Ice Age (2002)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe.

Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Stars: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
Madagascar (2005)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar, among a bunch of merry lemurs

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer
Shrek 2 (2004)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Despicable Me (2010)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the Ice Age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the wooly mammoths.

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Doc Hudson (voice)
...
Sally Carrera (voice)
...
Mater (voice)
...
Ramone (voice)
...
Luigi (voice)
Guido Quaroni ...
Guido (voice)
...
Flo (voice)
...
Sarge (voice)
Michael Wallis ...
Sheriff (voice)
...
Fillmore (voice)
...
Lizzie (voice)
...
...
...
Chick Hicks (voice)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ahhh... it's got that new movie smell. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cars: Race to 3D  »

Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,668,968 (UK) (28 July 2006)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Piston Cup commentators, Bob Cutlass and Darrell Cartrip, are based on and voiced by real sport commentators - Bob Costas and Darrell Waltrip respectively, whose names were "vehiclized" to create the corresponding characters (Cutlass is an Oldsmobile model). See more »

Goofs

When McQueen, Chick, and The King cross the finish line during the first race, McQueen can be seen, on close inspection, sticking out his tongue out and downward, curling it under considerably. When the race officials review the instant replay, his tongue is shown sticking nearly straight out and level. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During credits, Mack (John Ratzenberger) watches car-versions of earlier Pixar hits, commenting on the fine actor in each scene before realizing it's the same actor (John Ratzenberger) playing different characters in each movie. There is an additional scene at end of credits, as with last year's Chronicles Of Narnia. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Mater's Tall Tales (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rollin' in the Rearview
Written & Produced by Bruno Coon
Performed by Jabu
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Nice ride
8 June 2006 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

As usual, you've gotta hand it to Pixar.

In "Cars," their latest film, they show why they are still the cream of the crop when it comes to the field they revolutionized more than a decade ago. Well, yeah, it doesn't have the sophistication and cleverness of "The Incredibles," nor the universal appeal of both "Toy Stories" and "Finding Nemo." And I have to admit that the idea of animated cars was the least riveting as far as Pixar film premises are concerned. But as with its predecessors, beneath those excellently rendered 3D images is the soul that sets Pixar apart from what has become of most animated films nowadays.

Up-and-coming rookie race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), is about to win the prestigious Piston Cup. The championship ends with Lightning finishing in a tie with legendary "The King" (Richard Petty), who is in his final race, and Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton); thus, a tie-breaking race is set in California.

But a road mishap leads Lightning to the forgotten town of Radiator Springs, a part of what was once Route 66, a place that once basked in glory, but has since been thrust into oblivion. There he meets an array of other cars - including Doc Hudson (Paul Newman!), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), and Sally (Bonnie Hunt) - who teach him that "life isn't about the destination but about the journey."

First of all, Pixar's animation is first-rate. It's that sort of greatness among their artists I can only geek about and dream of grasping while in my 3D animation classes. The cars have a definite realistic look, especially with the rendering (man, the reflections!). The film is also vibrantly colored, making use of a whole variety of shades of dark colors during the race, and warm ones whenever the scenes shift to Radiator Springs. Even the old, vintage car models have that chic look that brings some of the essential charm of this film. There are lots to be admired on this film just for the brilliance in animation. But among those that stand out are the race itself, and when Doc Hudson gets to bring back his good old days. Somehow, it's like watching NASCAR on IMAX again, albeit minus the über-big screen and the 3-D effect.

But what's really nice about this film is how director John Lasseter and the writers effectively tell the story and how they pump up the visual feast with humor and sincere emotions. It still all boils down to the story and how it is told - the very essence of cinema. Granted, when it comes to the standards set by previous Pixar films, it isn't quite up there with it's predecessors; but considering how lofty the bar has reached and the mediocrity that has become of the genre in general, "Cars" more than gets the job done.

As for the voice cast, Wilson brings that sort of cockiness to the protagonist of the story and it fits with his smug humor. Larry the Cable Guy gives Mater an amusingly disoriented state without being irritatingly so. You can't help but care about him and arguably, he's the nicest member of the cast. Newman lends an authoritative quality to Doc Hudson. (During the end credits, there's an in-joke about John Ratzenberger, who has his voice featured in all Pixar films thus far.) However, ultimately, the cast is somewhat unmemorable and lacking in diversity. The rest of the voice talents are also underused. Keaton's Chick Hicks is a formulaic one-dimensional villain, which could have utilized his voice more with a little more motivation for the car's part. But then again, that may be beside the movie's point.

All in all, "Cars" is a visual feast outside and an effective storytelling inside. When it comes to the basis of their appeal, it doesn't keep up with the rest of Pixar films which have sped up far ahead and this may yet be their first underachiever. But for what it is and what it achieves, it's a nice ride.


80 of 108 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who's your favorite car? nancydrewadventure
Rank the Pixar films onalongenoughtimeline
So....what, people just dont exist? rugaremi
I still think Cars was robbed edwardhopper
Clarkson vs. Piven mooseyfate2713
Why are people against a sequel? yuan-van
Discuss Cars (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page