Published November 20, 2009


Film info

  • Title Cars
  • Directors John Lasseter, Joe Ranft
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 56m
  • Genres Family, Adventure, Comedy, Animation
  • Tagline Ahhh, it's got that new movie smell

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), 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 - including Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt)< and a rusty but trust tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) - who help him realise that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.

Live Blog

2:04I would have thought mounting the wall might be a bit illegal.
3:15Even animated NASCAR graphics are better than FOM.
4:19That green car has quite a lot of sponsorship going on - it looks like the million dollar homepage.
6:22214 laps is quite a lot and they’re not even done yet!
11:48Mr The King. It always makes me chuckle when people put Mr in the front no matter what.
12:45You would think they could just countback other wins rather than make a whole new race.
16:41Pulling faces at a tanker looks like fun. I might try that next time I’m on the road.
17:33There’s no Jeremy Clarkson on this version.
23:24Little car flies! Aww, and… gross!
34:01I wonder if they shouldn’t get that traffic light fixed.
34:35That does look like the most disgusting job in the whole world.
45:09Does tarmac dry that quickly?
48:05It’s not every day a cactus falls on top of you.
53:09I heart tractor tipping.
56:25He has no light and no wing mirrors either. They must think he’s the backwards one.
1:04:44Is this the obligatory romantic bit? Boo.
1:09:04I hope the traffic light worked back then.
1:17:23I can’t believe he left the road without a nice straight line. It’s all wibbly.
1:21:26Will he not get in trouble with his sponsors because he covered their stickers?
1:21:28Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but the traffic light just spontaneously broke again.
1:42:49It is a rather good cameo, I have to say.
1:46:37The drive thru bit blows my mind.


This is another film that we watched and live commented on during the Sidepodfilmclub event. I have extracted the comments I made as we watched for this Film Watch post.

I’ve seen this before but it was even better the second time round - whether that has to do with watching along with many others I don’t. Pixar movies are always so finely crafted, they are a real treat.

Rating: 5 / 5

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