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Cars (2006)

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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:

Cars: Race to 3D  »

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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Lightning McQueen, being a first-year "Piston Cup" racer, displays the traditional yellow "rookie stripe" on his rear bumper. See more »


During the end of the final race, when King crashes and Lighting is giving him the rear bump, we can see that the front and rear tires of King are flat, but when they arrive at the Dinoco camp, King's tires appear perfectly fine. 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

At the end, the couple that were looking for directions to the Interstate, end up all dusty and still looking for the Interstate. While credits roll, a series of short postscript scenes show the resurrection of the town, like cars are now passing the town, Flo's V8 café is full of customers, customers trying out Ramone's body art, Guido's tire shop is full, a museum of Doc Hudson's racing days opens, Sarge opens a boot camp for off-road vehicles (who have never been off-road), the reopening of the Wheel Well Motel, etc. One of them is the reopening of the Radiator Springs Drive-in Theater, where they show movies of previous Pixar productions but in a car context, like Toy Story (in the marquee it's Toy Car Story), with the actual voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, Monster Trucks, Inc., with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal (Goodman is worried about the Boo mobile), and A Bug's Life, with the voice of Dave Foley. As an additional in-joke, Mack the truck praises the performances of Hamm in Toy Story, the Abominable Snowplow in Monster Trucks, Inc., P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, which are all voiced, of course, by John Ratzenberger. Mack's final comment is they're voiced by the same actor and "what kind of cut-rate production is this" to reuse the same actor. See more »


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My Heart Would Know
Written & Performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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awesome movie
28 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the story looked very lame from previews, and the concept didn't appeal to me. But when I saw an early screening I was surprised, it was well written and well executed. They didn't overload the movie with automotive jokes, which I think would have hurt the story and character development. Owen Wilson's voice is great for his role. Overall, it's on par with other Pixar films, even if it may not be their best so far. The animation is superb, definitely the best they've done. Giving something like cars distinct personality and characterization seems like it would be pretty tough, and they do a great job with it. See this movie the day it opens.

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