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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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)


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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Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Route 66  »

Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


At the end of the first race at the start of the movie, the twins Mia and Tia flash their headlights at McQueen. This is a sly wink to adult racing fans, who know that "flashing their headlights" is the term for when female fans lift their shirts and show their breasts to the racers. See more »


In the opening race, both the "Re-Volting" and the white "Apple" car are #84. See more »


[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

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 »


Spoofs The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »


Rollin' in the Rearview
Written and Produced by Bruno Coon
Performed by Jabu
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

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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