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Cars
Cars poster
Directed by John Lasseter
Produced by Darla K. Anderson
Starring Owen Wilson
Paul Newman
Bonnie Hunt
Larry the Cable Guy
Tony Shalhoub
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Jeremy Lasky
Jean Claude Kalache
Editing by Ken Schretzmann
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release June 9, 2006
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million
Gross revenue $461,983,149
Followed by Cars 2

Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and directed and co-written by John Lasseter and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is Pixar's final, independently produced motion picture before its purchase by Disney. Set in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles, it features the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman (in his final non-documentary feature), Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Wallis, George Carlin, Paul Dooley, Jenifer Lewis, Guido Quaroni, Michael Keaton, Katherine Helmond, and John Ratzenberger. The film is also the second Pixar film—after A Bug's Life—to have an entirely non-human cast. The film was accompanied by the short One Man Band for its theatrical and home media releases.

Cars premiered on May 26, 2006, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, and was released on June 9, 2006, to positive reviews. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. It was released on DVD November 7, 2006, and on Blu-ray Disc in late 2007. Related merchandise, including scale models of several of the cars, broke records for retail sales of merchandise based on a Disney·Pixar film, bringing an estimated $10 billion in 5 years since the film's release. The film was dedicated to Joe Ranft, who was killed in a car accident during the film's production.

A sequel, Cars 2, was released on June 24, 2011, and a spin-off, Planes, produced by DisneyToon Studios, was released on August 9, 2013. A series of short animated films, named Cars Toons, has been airing since 2008.

Cast

  • Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, described by John Lasseter in the LA Times as "A hybrid between a stock car and a more curvaceous Le Mans endurance racer."
  • Paul Newman as Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet who was later revealed to be the Fabulous Hudson Hornet.
  • Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera, a 2002 996-series Porsche 911 Carrera.
  • Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, a 1951 International Harvester L-170 "boom" truck with elements of a mid-1950s Chevrolet. One-Ton Wrecker Tow Truck.
  • Tony Shalhoub as Luigi, a 1959 Fiat 500. *
  • Cheech Marin as Ramone, a 1959 Chevy Impala Lowrider.
  • Michael Wallis as Sheriff, a 1949 Mercury Club Coupe (police package).
  • George Carlin as Fillmore, a 1960 VW Bus.
  • Paul Dooley as Sarge, a 1941 Willys model jeep, in the style used by the US Military.
  • Jenifer Lewis as Flo, a 1957 Motorama show car.
  • Guido Quaroni as Guido, a custom forklift, resembling an Isetta at the front.
  • Richard Petty as Strip "The King" Weathers. The car's design was based on Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird
  • Michael Keaton as Chick Hicks, described by Pixar as a generic 1980s stock car. Strongly resembles a 1978–88 General Motors G-Body such as a Buick Regal or Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  • Katherine Helmond as Lizzie, a 1923 Ford Model T.
  • John Ratzenberger as Mack, a 1985 Mack Super-Liner.
  • Joe Ranft as Red, a 1960s style fire truck (most closely resembles a mid-1960s) and Peterbilt, this was Ranft's last voice role before his death in August 2005.

External links

  • Cars at the Internet Movie Database
Cars & Planes films

CarsCars 2 • Cars 3 • PlanesPlanes: Fire & Rescue

Owen Wilson films

Shanghai Noon (2000)  · Shanghai Knights (2003)  ·

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