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Mater and the Ghostlight (2006)

Video  |   |  Animation, Short, Family  |  25 October 2006 (USA)
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In this short featuring the characters of the movie Cars, Mater is told the story of a Ghostlight, which causes him to be scared.

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Sheriff (voice)
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At night, all around town, Mater the disheveled tow truck is causing havoc, playing tricks, disturbing the peace, and scaring other motor vehicles. At Flo's V-8 café, the local cop car warns Mater about the ghostlight, a legendary orb of blue that haunts these parts. The cop car tells the story and warns one and all that the ghostlight hates the sound of clanking metal. All the cars rush home, leaving only Mater, whistling past the graveyard, alone at his junkyard. Then, a blue light appears; can Mater save himself or is there more to the story? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The final film (voice) project for Paul Newman. See more »

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Sheriff: You see son, the only thing to be scared of out here is your imagination.
Doc Hudson: Yep. That, and of course, the Screaming Banshee. Well, good night!
All cars: Good night!
[All drive off, except Mater, then all lights shut off]
Tow Mater: The screaming what?
[shakes]
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Behind the Clouds
Written by Brad Paisley & Frank Rogers
Performed by Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley appears courtesy of Arista Nashville
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Breathtaking animation quality
1 September 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen this short twice and both times I was bowled over by the gorgeous computer-generated animation. Clearly, Pixar is THE studio that sets the animation standard. However, I think this film has a strike against it from the outset and that is because the CARS characters aren't as endearing or timeless as many of the other Pixar creations. They lack the "cuddly factor" or depth of some of the other characters and so, at least to me, it doesn't stack well with the MONSTERS, INC., UP!, RATATOUILLE or INCREDIBLES (among others).

As for the short, it's about Mater and how cowardly he is. The others make up a ghost story and Mater freaks out. It's all great fun for the kids, but adults probably won't love this film unless they are car aficionados or NASCAR fans. To me, it all seemed pretty routine--aside from the great animation.


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