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Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy View All


John Lasseter (Screenplay), John Lasseter (Director), Joe Ranft (Screenplay), Dan Fogelman (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jun. 8th, 2006
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters.
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Sure, beautifully executed minimalism in animation and simplicity in story can often be a good thing, but in the case of Cars, the story structure, especially, is an engine fail, bumping away on fumes with a visually unappealing look, despite of the up-to-date animation, which does look beautiful at times.
The emergence of DreamWorks Animation as a serious competitor for Pixar's dominance of the CG animation market may have been the inspiration (or lack thereof) that was less about trying to tell a genuinely interesting story and more about trying to keep up with a growing trend that started to over-emphasise the medium's flashy visuals and simple yet family-friendly humour over well-developed plots and characters.
The Rodent
All in all, close to being Pixar's biggest fail, the sequel, Cars 2, took that spot but this first movie is very close.
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