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Cars (2006)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  9 June 2006 (USA)
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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early drafts featured Doc Hudson having a heart attack, and being jump-started by Sarge. See more »


Contrails in the movie look like tire marks, even though the movie features a bi-plane and fighter jets, which shouldn't leave tire mark contrails. This is most probably an intentional joke, rather than a goof (see trivia). (Jokes notwithstanding, a contrail can theoretically resemble a tire mark, if disrupted by air currents in just the right way.) 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

Some television prints of this movie omit the cast list from the end credits. The animation continues with the credit area left blank. See more »


Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Up (2009) See more »


Real Gone
Written by Sheryl Crow & John Shanks
Performed by Sheryl Crow
Produced by John Shanks
Recorder by Jeff Rothschild
Mixed by Jeff Rothschild and John Shanks
Sheryl Crow appears courtesy of A&M Records
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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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