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

Time Comment
2:04 I would have thought mounting the wall might be a bit illegal.
3:15 Even animated NASCAR graphics are better than FOM.
4:19 That green car has quite a lot of sponsorship going on - it looks like the million dollar homepage.
6:22 214 laps is quite a lot and they’re not even done yet!
11:48 Mr The King. It always makes me chuckle when people put Mr in the front no matter what.
12:45 You would think they could just countback other wins rather than make a whole new race.
16:41 Pulling faces at a tanker looks like fun. I might try that next time I’m on the road.
17:33 There’s no Jeremy Clarkson on this version.
23:24 Little car flies! Aww, and… gross!
34:01 I wonder if they shouldn’t get that traffic light fixed.
34:35 That does look like the most disgusting job in the whole world.
45:09 Does tarmac dry that quickly?
48:05 It’s not every day a cactus falls on top of you.
53:09 I heart tractor tipping.
56:25 He has no light and no wing mirrors either. They must think he’s the backwards one.
1:04:44 Is this the obligatory romantic bit? Boo.
1:09:04 I hope the traffic light worked back then.
1:17:23 I can’t believe he left the road without a nice straight line. It’s all wibbly.
1:21:26 Will he not get in trouble with his sponsors because he covered their stickers?
1:21:28 Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but the traffic light just spontaneously broke again.
1:42:49 It is a rather good cameo, I have to say.
1:46:37 The 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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