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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

When the Sheriff mentions "the hot breath of Zozobra" he is talking about Zozobra ("Old Man Gloom") the giant marionette effigy that is burned every autumn during Fiestas de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See more »

Quotes

Tow Mater: THE GHOSTLIGHT!
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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 »

Connections

Spun-off from Cars (2006) 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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Visually Charming. ♦ 90%
26 December 2013 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

It goes without saying how clear the animation is here. The attention to details and a very simple story makes it a wonderful 7 minute short.

Derived from the "Cars" universe, it talks about how Mater teases his friends and how they decide to take revenge, all in a funny manner. The imaginative plot also delivers a message to children who will perceive it permanently.

The various themes it samples are self-righteousness, sarcasm, dear, hallucination (kind of) and light horror. Music and background score add to the fun. Fantastic direction & very colorful setup. The niceties, of you focus on them, are bound to reveal how the makers are filled with creativity.

BOTTOM LINE: A very cool short; definitely one of Pixar's best.


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