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Mater and the Ghostlight (2006)

In this short featuring the characters of the movie Cars, Mater is told the story of a Ghostlight, which causes him to be scared.

Directors:

John Lasseter, Dan Scanlon (co-director)

Writers:

Joe Ranft (original story), John Lasseter (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Larry the Cable Guy ... Mater (voice)
Owen Wilson ... Lightning McQueen (voice)
Michael Wallis ... Sheriff (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Sally Carrera (voice)
Paul Newman ... Doc Hudson (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Ramone (voice)
Paul Dooley ... Sarge (voice)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bill og spøkelseslyset See more »

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Trivia

Luigi, Mack, Guido, Fillmore, Flo, And Lizzie have no dialogue throughout the entire short. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

In a post-credits scene, Mater actually sees The Screaming Banshee but, not realizing it is him, warns him of the Banshee before departing, leaving the monstrous truck confused. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Gorgeously animated, but rather routine
23 February 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Mater and the Gaslight is definitely not bad, but other than the animation really there is nothing special I particularly find about it. The animation is indeed gorgeous, like with all of Pixar's other work, not only beautiful in the colours but there is a sense of atmosphere too, the music fits wonderfully, the Ghostlight is creepy and the voice work especially from Paul Newman and Michael Wallis is great. However, it all feels rather routine, apart from the sight of Mater shaking and looking scared, there is never really anything that across as funny or moving, and the rather thin story holds few surprises. I also have an issue with Mater, I find him much better as a supporting character than a lead, by all means his appearance is not as problematic as it was in Cars 2, but he is rather bland here. In conclusion, worth watching for the animation but it is just lacking for me in humour, charm and heart. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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