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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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Country:

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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

Tow Mater: [laughing] Oh, buddy! You look like you've just seen... the Ghostlight!
Sheriff: Mater! Don't mock the Ghostlight!
Lightning McQueen: What is the Ghostlight?
[silence for 10 seconds]
Sheriff: The Ghostlight is a glowing orb of blue translucent light that haunts these very parts.
Tow Mater: Nah, don't be too scared, buddy, it ain't real.
Sheriff: It is real! It all started on a night like tonight. The song dogs were wailin' at the moon of Cadillac Range while the summer wind blew hot like the breath of Zozobra. A young couple was heading down this very ...
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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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Fun for young kids but too basic for a bigger audience
27 April 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Following on from the action in Cars, the town is all being subject to practical jokes from Mater the tow truck. When Lightening learns of the legend of the ghostlight and the fear in puts into everyone (not least Mater), he decides to get a little payback on his friend.

Every Pixar DVD contains an extra short film and, in addition to the one often screened before the film proper, it is a nice touch that I genuinely do appreciate – I would like more films to include a short as part of some of their screenings just as a way of improving experience (rather than, say, 30 minutes of trying to sell me things). Generally the quality is high which will come as no surprise to anyone who understands how high the Pixar bar is set. However nobody can hit every time and for me Cars was OK but certainly nothing all that special in terms of the material. This short continues that trend and also focuses on one of the weaker characters in Mater.

The material is straightforward and pretty much comes down to a series of comic over-reactions from Mater to a light. And that's about it. For younger viewers it has enough energy and timing to provide plenty of amusement but those looking for the edge of adult wit and comedy beloved of Pixar will find themselves wanting. Overall then what we have is a colourful and amusing DVD extra that will be good enough for children but sadly offer nothing to the wider audience that I'm used to Pixar expertly catering for.


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