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Followed by 

Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 3 (2017)


Cars (2006) (Video Game)
Mater and the Ghostlight (2006) (Video)
Mater's Tall Tales (2008) (TV Mini-Series)
Tokyo Mater (2008) (Short)
Planes (2013)
It is in the same world as Cars and Cars 2
Untitled Disneytoons Studios Project (2019)
It is in the same world as Cars


One Cab's Family (1952) (Short)
Susie the Little Blue Coupe (1952) (Short)
The animators of Cars cited Susie as a major influence on character design. Sally Carrera bears a resemblance to Susie
The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (1957) (Short)
The vehicles (and the types of vehicles) are very similar. The red sportscar on trial bears a resemblance to Lightning McQueen.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Mater calls Lightning Sleeping Beauty
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lightning McQueen's punishment is to tar the road, just as the prisoner's punishment is in this film. Also, Paul Newman stars in both films.
The In-Laws (1979)
"serpentine serpentine" quote by main character
Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (1979)
Identical Fiat 500 car in both films. John Lasseter is a friend/fan of Miyazaki's films
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
When Mater drives backwards, he launches into the air, and flies across the moon, like when Elliott and E. T. fly across the moon
Gung Ho (1986)
Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) number is 86, same year Keaton film about cars was released
Batman (1989)
Keaton's car has grill that looks like Batmobile design; "HTB" on hood (He's the Batman)
Knick Knack (1989) (Short)
During the final showdown race, plastic flamingos can be seen near one of the RVs. These were seen in some of the ornaments in the Pixar short Knick Knack.
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Crashed on his way to L.A. Has to repair destroyed property in small town...
Toy Story (1995)
name of gas station
A Bug's Life (1998)
The logo can be seen on the race cars.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
The logo can be seen on the race cars.
For the Birds (2000) (Short)
During the scene when Mack drives to California there is a short scene where you can see the power line running by, and you can see the birds which appeared in For the Birds (2000) sitting and chirping on the line.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The train and the import racers surrounding Mack
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
A logo for the CDA can be seen on the race cars.
The Incredibles (2004)
Logo on one of the trucks sleeping at truck stop

Referenced in 

Finding Nemo (2003)
Luigi the car from this film can be seen briefly in the background in a scene towards the end.
Top Gear: Episode #8.8 (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Richard
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
nominated film
The Winner: Broken Home (2007) (TV Episode)
poster seen in video store window
Under the Same Moon (2007)
movie ad
The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007) (Video)
John Lasseter is wearing a Cars shirt
Scrubs: My Growing Pains (2007) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen mentioned
WALL·E (2008)
As he is filling his cooler with the bobblehead dog and bra, a bottle of Leak Less can be seen in the garbage.
Under the Influence (2008)
Pete's wallet sports the film's logo
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Jason Mraz (2009) (TV Episode)
Picture of Lightning McQueen on disposable diapers
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Jonas Brothers (2009) (TV Episode)
In the chewable Pampers ad, Lighning McQueen can be seen on the disposable diapers.
Flight of the Conchords: Prime Minister (2009) (TV Episode)
The Prime Minister asks about the plot.
Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan/Kelly Clarkson (2009) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen can be seen briefly during the "Chewable Pampers" segment.
Troldspejlet: Episode #41.13 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann looks at easter eggs found in video games and on DVDs
Jeopardy!: Episode #25.169 (2009) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movies in Minivans" category
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Up (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster shown when Hewy discusses Pixar movies
Cleanflix (2009)
Listed under New Releases in Cleanflix store
Planet 51 (2009)
The mountain tops in the desert of Planet 51 are Flying Saucers, whereas the mountain tops are classic autos in CARS.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.64 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $500 question
Animation Lookback: Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 13 (2010) (TV Episode)
Disney and Pixar's deal was about to expire when Cars would be released.
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 7 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Cheech Marin's introduction
Bad Movie Beatdown: Ratatoing (2010) (TV Episode)
compares the original to the Brazilian knock off
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Semifinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Cheech Marin's introduction
The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010) (TV Episode)
Otto (on drugs) sees everyone as the Cars characters
Toy Story 3 (2010)
A toy resembling Lightning McQueen is seen in the background on the floor of the preschool, as well as "ReVolting" batteries in a scene.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.77 (2010) (TV Episode)
Bryce Dallas Howard shows Jay a drawing her son did of Jay's character in the film
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Toy Story 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Hewy says Ken is voiced by the same person who voiced Chick Hicks
Mad: TransBOREmores/Star Wars: The Groan Wars (2010) (TV Episode)
Mater was seen on the beach.
Mad: Class of the Titans/Zeke and Lex Luthor (2010) (TV Episode)
The Carshmellows cereal is based off of the title of this movie.
Conan: Murder, She Tweeted (2010) (TV Episode)
Tom Hanks mentions the movie
Mad: Snott Pilgrim vs. the Wonderful World of Disney/Malcolm in the Middle Earth (2011) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen at a junkyard.
The Simpsons: Angry Dad: The Movie (2011) (TV Episode)
Lisa tells the "Mixar" creative team that she has "seen all of your movies, except 'Cars.'"
Some Jerk with a Camera: Ten Years of Disney's California Adventure (2011) (TV Episode)
Cars Land is mentioned and the Tow Mater logo is seen.
Midnight Screenings: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) (TV Episode)
"The first one was Doc Hollywood."
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.23 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger says he liked "Cars 2" better than the original
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Count Sigeeyai's dad tells his son there will be a sequel to this movie
Midnight Screenings: Bad Teacher/Cars 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jackson Murphy says "Cars 2" was not as good as the original
Mad: RiOa/Thomas the Unstoppable Tank Engine (2011) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen & Mater appear in the Thomas the Unstoppable Tank Engine skit.
Mad: Fast Hive/Minute to Flynn It (2011) (TV Episode)
Dominic Toretto ends up landing in the novelization of this movie.
Mad: TransBOREmores 3: Dark of the Blue Moon/The Walking Fred (2011) (TV Episode)
Mater seen on the freeway.
Weekend Weekend: Episode #1.3 (2011) (TV Episode)
They talk about Lars Hjortshøjs character in the movie
Gimme the Loot (2012)
Mater poster seen on floor.
The Simpsons: Beware My Cheating Bart (2012) (TV Episode)
"Cars 3: New Merchandise"
Mad: Addition Impossible/New Gill (2012) (TV Episode)
Ethan Hunt tries to use Lightning McQueen to catch up to Hendricks.
The Simpsons: Lisa Goes Gaga (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Mad: Outtagascar/Fiends (2012) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen is part of the sequel circus.
Beauty and the Geek Australia: Episode #4.10 (2012) (TV Episode)
Dane compares Cody to Lightning McQueen when he shoots quickly up the vertical wall during the princess rescue challenge.
Derek: Episode #1.4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen seen
Star Wars: Return of the Empire (2013) (Short)
Lightning McQueen is the Millennium Falcon.
The Cleveland Show: Squirt's Honor (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Cleveland
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Merchandise in Adele's classroom
Monsters University (2013)
A statue on campus with the founder of where most of the film takes place is seen.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 5 (2013) (TV Episode)
Cars 2 is the sequel to this film.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.171 (2013) (TV Episode)
Sandra Bullock says her son is a big fan of the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.176 (2013) (TV Episode)
Dane Cook mentions that his film "Planes" takes place above the world of "Cars"
Turbo (2013)
Small merchant community is revitalized by a racing talent suddenly dropping into their lives and "putting [it] on the map".
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy: Larry's Beantown Lowdown (2013) (TV Episode)
Man has tattoo of Mater.
AniMat's Reviews: Turbo (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat calls Turbo a full-on ripoff of this film.
Planes (2013)
When Dusty is first training for the race with Skipper and does his winning lap he startles two tractors causing them to "tip", a subtle reference to the "tractor tipping" in "Cars".
How to Be a Man (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
AniMat's Reviews: Planes (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat compares the animation quality in Planes to the animation in the main Cars films.
Disney Infinity (2013) (Video Game)
Lightning McQueen and Mater are playable.
Austin & Ally: Real Life & Reel Life (2013) (TV Episode)
Trish uses the CGI animated movie as evidence that "people will believe anything in movies"
Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Donald Faison mentions this movie by name during the game I Love a Charade
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: LEGO (2014) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his review of Planes (2013)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
The logo for the franchise is seen on a billboard in the opening scene.
Relatos salvajes (2014)
In Bombita's birth cake, there is a scale model of the Tow Truck Mater from the movie Cars (2006)
The Blockbuster Buster: Robots (2014) (TV Episode)
ERod expresses his dislike of this movie
Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
There is a Lightning McQueen reference near the beginning of the movie when Mayday says something like, "Check out my bumper! I got Rust-Eze medicated bumper ointment! KA-CHOW!" Also, on the wall of Mayday's garage/station, there appears to be a small picture of Mayday and Sarge in the upper left corner of the screen. Also, in the beginning, a picture of Lightning McQueen is visible on one of the newspapers.
AniMat's Reviews: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) (TV Episode)
AniMat states that the character designs fit very well in the Cars universe.
Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) (Short)
DVD on the shelf.
Pek Yakinda (2014)
Poster is seen
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jane Lynch/Lucy Hale/Haerts (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth says that the original title was The Automotive Industrial Complex: An Exploration of the Global Addiction to Fossil Fuels
McFarland, USA (2015)
'Lo n Slo' catchphrase is a reference to Ramon from this cartoon.
Honest Trailers: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Quoted user has a Mater avatar
Inside Out (2015)
Dream Broccoli says "organic" in a similar tone as Fillmore from Cars.
Only Connect: Episode #11.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
This film is a clue to a sequence in the sequences round.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.23 (2015) (TV Episode)
Still of Lightning McQueen shown
Honest Game Trailers: Disney Infinity (2015) (TV Episode)
Mater appears
Jay Leno's Garage: Design of the Times (2015) (TV Episode)
Jay shows a Fiat Topolino he owns that inspired the design of one of the cars in the film
Krampus (2015)
Cars toys are seen in Max's room
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question
Michael & Yossi: Rated or Dated: Sequels (2016) (TV Episode)
The Big Bang Theory: The Solder Excursion Diversion (2016) (TV Episode)
Bernadette refers to Penny as "Lightning McQueen".
AniMat's Reviews: Ratchet & Clank (2016) (TV Episode)
AniMat calls Planes "a cheap spinoff of Cars".
500 Questions: Episode #2.4 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Animated Films" category
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 5 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of Tom Hanks' greatest films
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg
Nostalgia Critic: Does PG Mean Anything Anymore? (2016) (TV Episode)
among Pixar movies the Critic considers bad
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.22 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "One-Word Film Titles" category
Aku ja 7 ihmettä: Las Vegas (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during this episode.
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #3.10 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Animation" category
The Cinema Snob: The Little Cars in the Great Race (2017) (TV Episode)
Snob makes many comparisons between this movie and Little Cars
MenT: Umelecká squadra (2017) (TV Episode)
Lightning McQueen was mentioned by MenT.
Jay Leno's Garage: Child at Heart (2017) (TV Episode)
Jay says that one of his cars was in the movie


A Bug's Life (1998)
Included as part of Joe Ranft tribute at end
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (2002) (Video Game)
The big Tv from the Grand Prix had a scene from this game
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (2003) (Video Game)
The big Tv from the Grand Prix had a scene from this game
Team America: World Police (2004)
The big Tv from the Grand Prix had a scene from this movie.
Voices of History (2014) (Short)
Voice of the Sheriff

Featured in 

Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special (2006) (TV Movie)
featured in clips
Troldspejlet: Episode #36.1 (2006) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Dhoom 2 (2006)
shown in cinema in film
The Inspiration for 'Cars' (2006) (Video)
Many clips from this film are included in this featurette.
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Troldspejlet: Episode #37.2 (2007) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The Pixar Story (2007)
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Lightning McQueen seen in opening montage
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
"What's Your Middle Name" segment
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
clip in "Where People and Ideas Begin" segment
Hollywood's Top Ten: Cool Cars (2011) (TV Episode)
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.24 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy says that the film was the weakest Pixar feature until "Cars 2"
AniMat's Reviews: Cars 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
AniMat briefly talks about the first film.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Cars 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Briefly reviewed, clips shown
Steve Jobs: iGenius (2012)
A clip is featured.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during introduction.
Inside Pixar (2013) (TV Movie)
Short clip shown
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 3 (2013) (TV Episode)
Film is talked about, clips shown.
Count It Down: Greatest Animated Movie Characters (2013) (TV Movie)
Mater is #23.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 4 (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip of McQueen saying "Yes, yes, yes!" was shown.
Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special (2016) (TV Movie)
I Hate Everything, the Search for the Worst: The (Not Disney) Collection (2016) (TV Episode)
Alex Bolton mentions it. Also, poster and footage of this movie are shown.
Pixar's Greatest Moments (2016)
Clips shown


The War of the Worlds (1953)
they have Lightning fighting off Tripods
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) (TV Series)
Car with big chin talks like Jay Leno on talk show set like The Tonight Show
Toy Story (1995)
John Ratzenberger talks about it as it is shown at the end (as "Toy Car Story")
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A car reporter says to Chick Hicks "Show me the Thunder." Spoofing the famous "Show me the money" line.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
John Ratzenberger talks about it as it is shown at the end (Monster Trucks, Inc.)

Spoofed in 

The Simpsons: Mommie Beerest (2005) (TV Episode)
The trailer for "Cards" shown in the cinema is a spoof of "Cars".
My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Mongoosed/Mellow Fellows (2007) (TV Episode)
Windsor quotes "Have fun fishing Jake", & then Jake fished for Adam out of the window.
The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010) (TV Episode)
Otto hallucinates, seeing "Cars"-like automobiles driving around and crashing into things.
Mike Celestino's Potentially-Amusing Vignettes (2010) (Short)
A poster for "Disney/Pixar's 'Chips'" serves as a parody of "Cars".
Arthur: The Agent of Change/D.W. Unties the Knot (2010) (TV Episode)
Parodied as Trucks
The Simpsons: Beware My Cheating Bart (2012) (TV Episode)
"Cars 3: New Merchandise" is displayed on a theater marquee.
Boats (2013) (Short)
Title is referenced
The Badly Animated Marvel Christmas Carol (2014) (Video)
In the Future Zombie segment, a burned out Cars lookalike can be spotted on fire in the background.
The Simpsons: Puffless (2015) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the couch gag
Robot Chicken: Cheese Puff Mountain (2015) (TV Episode)
Parody skit
Real Artists (2017) (Short)
Spoofed in the poster for "Wheels"

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