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CARS the Movie
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All the world's a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe's fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the "CARS" saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe. CARS 2 premiered June 24, 2011.

CARS Original Movie

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The World Premiere took place May 26, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, where about 30,000 people watched the 96 minute movie on four giant screens. Here are some CARS premiere pictures and here is a poster of the event from the Charlotte Observer. "CARS" opened in the US in cinemas June 9th, 2006. CARS had a production budget of $120 million. Here is the most recent box office domestic total.

"Pixar, the champs of digital animation, put the pedal to the metal with Cars--the first great movie of the summer". Richard Corliss, TIME magazine.

"CARS", is the seventh animated feature to be created by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures (Disney Vacations). The movie centers on speed-obsessed race car Lightning McQueen, the rookie hot-shot race car, who gets lost on his way to the track.

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He lands in Radiator Springs (in Carburetor County), a slow little sleepy burgh off fabled Route 66 that fell off the map after it was bypassed by the speedy new interstate (the town was based loosely on Amboy, California a town on Route 66 that also saw a drastic decline after the grand opening of I-40.) There, he learns about what really matters from the cars of the 1950s and '60s. This movie was originally titled Route 66. The name was changed to "CARS" so as not to imply a connection with the TV show "Route 66" (1960).

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The CARS DVD includes an all-new short film Mater and the Ghostlight. A behind-the-scenes feature, Inspiration for Cars, tells how writer/director John Lasseter made the film. Also on the DVD is One Man Band, the Academy Award-nominated short that played in theaters before Cars, and four deleted scenes.

The masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Lightning McQueen (voice of 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.

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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 Sally Carrera (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, voiced by Paul Newman), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy (aka Daniel Lawrence Whitney) – who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship. The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by racing legend Richard Petty (The King), Michael Keaton (Chick Hicks), Cheech Marin (Ramone), Tony Shalhoub (Luigi) and Guido Quaroni (Guido). George Carlin voices Fillmore, Paul Dooley is the voice of Sarge and Jenifer Lewis is Flo. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, "CARS" is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages.

For about 17¢ each, the artwork of the collectible Pixar postcards covers all the features and shorts from Pixar to date, including their upcoming feature "CARS".

100 Collectible Pixar Postcards

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CARS the Movie The Art of Cars offers an insider’s view into the artistic development of ‘Cars’. This gorgeously illustrated book celebrates the whimsical yet painstaking research that fueled Pixar’s directors, production designers, and artists. Fascinating storyboards, full-color pastels, on-the-road snapshots, and hundreds of character sketches reveal the origins of Pixar’s charming and clever automobile-based world. Gleaned from the team’s trips to racetracks and down the famed Route 66, The Art of Cars is as colorful as its memorable story and characters, making this book—the only movie tie-in for adults—a spirited ride down the road of a masterful animated feature film.”

CARS the Movie Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft The story of the lives and art of two of animation storytelling's greatest practicioners. Their combined careers span the Golden Age of traditional animation beginning in the 1930s at The Walt Disney Company and continuing into the present digital age at Pixar Animation Studios.

For kids, the beautifully illustrated CARS the Movie Cars Read-Aloud Storybook is the complete retelling of Disney presentation of a Pixar film latest computer-animated film, ‘Cars’.

With this delightful drawing book CARS the Movie Learn to Draw Disney Pixar's Cars, anyone can learn to re-create the characters from Disney/Pixar's action-packed adventure, ‘Cars’

Bring scenes from the latest Disney/Pixar movie to life with stickers of Lightning McQueen and all his friends from Radiator Springs in CARS the Movie The Cars (Ultimate Sticker Books).

Scanned from a newpaper ad, this 30 x 60 inches CARS beach towel says: Welcome to Radiator Springs - Established 1909 - Gateway To Ornament Valley - Vistor's Guide. Mater's speech bubble says, C'mon by yah hear!

Create your own one-of-a-kind CARS product!

Lightning McQueen is a hot-shot young race car on his way to becoming a national champion . . . until he gets impounded in Radiator Springs in CARS the Movie CARS: The Junior Novelization.

Kids will feel just as if they’re part of a fast-paced pit crew when they use their very own solid plastic wrench to tighten bolts, change spark plugs, and tune up Lightning McQueen’s engine to get him back in the race! CARS the Movie Cars: Join the Pit Crew (Board book).

This exciting retelling of the newest Disney/Pixar film is sure to be a hit with young speedsters! CARS the Movie Cars Little Golden Book.

Kids will get to revisit their favorite moments from the film as they place the sturdy magnetic pieces—each fashioned after one of the film’s cars—on the lavishly illustrated backgrounds of CARS the Movie Disney Presents a Pixar Film: Cars: Out for a Spin magnetized pages.

Classic Disney Characters include plush dolls and puppets.

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Interview of Paul Dooley who voices the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners type of guy that is a Jeep named Sarge.

1952’s “Susie The Little Blue Coupe” was always one of "CARS" director John Lasseter’s favorite Disney animated short subjects. It is the story of the little blue car purchased from the showroom floor. Her first owner takes good care of her, but she is eventually traded in for a newer model. Her later owners aren’t too kind and she eventually winds up abandoned in a junk yard. But there she finds new life at the hands of young man willing to tinker and bring her back to the road as a classic Fifties hot rod.

Also released in 1952 was “One Cab’s Family” from MGM and Tex Avery which also featured anthropomorphic automobiles with the story of a small car that wants to be a hot rod, only to meet his fate while trying to beat a train at a crossing.

Notice the Route 66 sign at the lower right corner of the poster? Ooooh, interactive.

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